The museum represents a blending of thousands of threads of the past with the present culture. After the World War I there was a small museum of school boys school in Dragasani. In 1952, Alexander priest Dumitru Balasa and Alexandru Lita began organizing a museum collection. In 1974 current museum was arranged with a specific wine, collected the pieces being exhibited in three sections: wine and vineyards, art department and archeology department.
The building was built before 1920 by Dumitru C. Smith, a prosperous merchant of the city, Neo-Romanian architectural style, dominant architectural style of the early twentieth century Romanian. Over the years, the building served as headquarters for several institutions. At first commercial space station later local police, and in 1974 was transformed into a museum of Vine and Wine. It was open to visitors only on 30 April 1983, Valcea County Museum director Sergiu Purece (1981-1992).
The museum has a rich collection of traditional systems for grapes, and evidence of viticulture practice and the continuity of the occupations in this region. The museum showcases the results can be observed international wine competitions abroad. There are exposed medals won at the contest held in Bordeaux (1898) and the World Exhibition in Paris (1900), where Dragasani wines have gained international recognition, with the Diploma of Honor and received the gold medal. Here you can find old seedlings of grape vines such as Braghina, Gordan or Cramposie. White wines are also represented by varieties Sauvignon, incense, Cramposie, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Feteasca Alba, Feteasca Regala, and samples of red wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Burgund Mare and Novac. ”
Prof. Dr. Florin EPURE, Executive Directorate for Culture and National Heritage District Valcea.
Museum of Vine and Wine Drăgăşani is located in a building belonging to the cultural heritage of Romania. Building rehabilitation and restoration of its original charm consists in the subject project. The building was built in 1920 in Neo-Romanian architectural style, style of architecture as dominant in the early twentieth century in Romania. It was a property of a wealthy local merchant. Since 1974 was organized as a museum of Vine and Wine. The building is part of the inventory of historical monuments, formalized by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
The overall objective of the project “Modernization of Vine and Wine Museum” is to support the sustainable development of the town Drăgăşani – urban center growth through increased competitiveness and growth Valcea tourism development tourism’s contribution to South West Region.
The first specific objective of the project refers to the transformation of Vine and Wine Museum Drăgăşani into an engine for tourism, able to open new business opportunities for the town Drăgăşani and South West region through its inclusion in international standards acceptable to tourist areas, in terms technical and architectural aesthetics of the building exterior and interior.
The second specific objective of the project is to increase the contribution to the promoting wine brand Drăgăşani the country by engaging Drăgăşani Vine and Wine Museum in wine tourism – an important component of both the wine industry as well as the tourism industry – in the area and region. This specific objective will be achieved through reintegration Vine and Wine Museum Drăgăşani as a new element, reinvented and important in the whole town, area and South West region. Vine and Wine Museum will generate significant benefits for the tourism industry by increasing the attractiveness of all tourist destinations in the area and the region, being a key motivation for visitors while wine industry will still provide an essential, modern and innovative solution to build a relationship with customers. Also, this specific objective contributes to the value of all attributes of “terroir” of the vineyard Drăgăşani with significant benefits for the sector. This converges with the specific objective of promoting tourism unit in Valcea county.
The third specific objective of the project is to increase employment in the town Drăgăşani and extrapolation and area and the region as a result of the operation of Vine and Wine Museum in a real system of wine tourism. Promotion and development of wine tourism is a relevant advantage that will catalyze simultaneously the wine industry and tourism, contributing to their development also one of the effects of increasing employment in these sectors but in others (transport, entertainment, services and others).
The fourth specific objective of the project is gearing Vine and Wine Museum Drăgăşani the cultural circuit of the county, with a unique and could not be more evident in national and regional context. This specific objective will contribute to preserving and highlighting cultural heritage, beneficial for the development of cultural tourism in the area and region. In particular, this specific objective will be achieved through the use of Vine and Wine Museum Drăgăşani and cultural tourism.
The fifth specific objective of the project refers to the transformation of wine tourism in Drăgăşani, a component intended Marketing, promotion and regional development, with special attention to the development of wine tourism networks, the promotion and development of “wine tourism”. This is why the wine tourism must become integrated with the Internet. The present project will contribute to the county’s in-depth knowledge of supply and its tourism products. Drăgăşani Vine and Wine Museum is a unique cultural tourism and heritage – perhaps the largest market opportunity focused on a series of “focal points” or “points of entry” and as “sightseeing” be around “centers attraction “near a single objective, or by linking several objectives.