The Renato Ratti Museum of Barolo and the wines of Alba bears witness to the entire history of wine-making in the Langhe district. It’s a rich collection that recounts the ancient bond between the people of the Langhe, their land and their wines.
The Ratti Museum isn’t dedicated to the history of enology, nor is it a monument to nostalgia, pining for the days of a supposedly better yesteryear: it is a clear and pleasant analysis of the importance that wine has had from a cultural, social and economic point of view for the Langhe district, our own homegrown “Little America,” populated in the 1800s by people who in that parcel of land were seeking a remedy to their atavistic hunger
Objects that had belonged to generations of winemakers, documents, ancient receptacles, presses and many other items from the past enliven the Renato Ratti Museum of Barolo and the wines of Alba.
A permanent exhibition of work instruments and measuring tools, and the implements of vine workers and coopers, allows the visitor to discover through its vast collections and documents the very history of wine.
The exhibition is mounted inside the Abbey’s ancient cellars, a setting where starting from 1300, the monks had dedicated themselves to producing Nebiolium with the grapes of the surrounding vineyards.
Inside the museum
It’s possible to discover a vast collection of documents, which, together with the work tools and implements used in the past, one may explore a complete and variegated panorama of the Langhe district’s farming world across the centuries.
Ancient finds, the result of archeological research, attest to the local area’s relationship with wine dating back to early days of the Roman Empire.
A place where enthusiasts can witness detailed accounts of the past, and see the various steps of a cultural inheritance that by slow degrees has led to our modern winemaking methods.
A visit to the Museum
A guided tour of MURRA® offers the opportunity to discover how the relationship of the Langhe with wine has evolved over time.