Iâ€™ve only been drunk once in my entire life. Well, I had an excuse for how can anyone resist giving in to a little bit of substance abuse during summer when you are partying the night away in a secluded beach? That is a good excuse, alright. But if you find yourself in a foreign country and checking out the unique sites and sounds, what excuse could you use for taking that pleasurable sip of alcoholic beverage during mid day just after you had your lunch?
If you visit Macau, I can give you a good excuse. You can head over to the Macau Wine Museum and go on a wine tasting escapade!
Macau is located on the South East coast of China and is composed of a peninsula plus two islands. Because of the numerous modes of transportation between Macau and Hong Kong, a lot of tourists tend to include Macau in one of their side trips when they book a trip to Hong Kong. From Hong Kong, there are a lot of ferries or fast vessels that travel the 40-mile distance between these two places. You can choose from jumbo-cats, turbo-cats, or jetfoils depending on the trip schedule and ticket prices. The wide selection of sea vessels translate to over a hundred sailings daily and you can even take night trips that are provided by jetfoils. Now, that is convenient.
From your visit to Macau, you will get to realize that Macau is not only notable for its rich history, vibrant culture, and mouth-watering delicacies like egg tarts and almond cookies but it is also recognized for its assortment of wines. Walk through the history of Portuguese wines at the Wine Museum.
The Macau Wine Museum is home to a wide selection of wines that are meticulously taken cared of and are beautifully exhibited. If you would like to visit the wine museum then you can simply go to the Tourism of Activities Centre of Macau. You will find the Wine Museum at the basement of the centre. This place was opened to the public back in 1995. The Wine Museum aims to familiarize visitors with both the simplicity and the intricacies of wine including the brewing methods. The museum is divided into three major parts namely: The Area of History of Wine Making, The Area of the Collection of Wine and the Wine Display.
At first glance, the museum would look like a simple Portuguese wine warehouse. But when you spend some time here, you will see that there are lots of things to discover in this interesting place. You can learn about the history of wine making, be introduced to over seven hundred varieties of Portuguese wines and more than three hundred of the rarest and most valuable wines that includes Martle which was produced in 1815! Learn how wine is produced from the very first stages of fermentation of fruits until the bottling and corking processes. All these and more are explained in highly informative and interactive displays that are guaranteed to arouse anyoneâ€™s interest.
In addition to all those wines, there is a section where you can view an exhibit of porcelain bricks that have colored drawings that are claimed to date back to the 18th century. There are also mannequins on display that feature the different Portuguese dresses of each region. Try to take some pictures with those mannequins.
Of course, your visit to the Macau Wine Museum will not be complete without discovering your wine preference through a wine tasting experience. Usually, around fifty selections are offered for Wine Tasting. This could be your rare chance to tickle your taste buds with some of the world famous wines at practically a fraction of the price. You might want to pick up a bottle of wine at the Wine Shopâ€™s extensive collection too.
As for hotels, you can choose to stay in less expensive hotels like the Metropole Hotel Macau or the Best Western Taipa Hotel Macau. Both hotels are strategically located within shopping areas, casinos, restaurants, tourist sites and provide superb service.
Your visit to the Macau Wine Museum will be memorable one given that wine museums in Asia are hard to come by. The sweet aroma of all those wines will excite your senses and will make your Macau experience splendid enough to make you come back for more.
Contact Number: (853) 8798 4188
Address: Rua Luis Gonzaga Gomes 431, Basement (Tourism Activities Centre â€“ CAT)
Operating Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Ticket Prices: MOP$15 (Adult Rate with Free Wine Tasting); MOP$5 (From 11 â€“ 18 years old); Free of Charge (under 10 years old and seniors over 60 years old)