When Henry Francis du Pont inherited Winterthur, it included his father’s extensive wine collection, which he enjoyed (and added to) into the 1960s. Prohibition had inspired the du Ponts to create storage for wine that might last the rest of their lives. A dozen or so closets, cellars, and storage areas were located across the then-2,000 acre estate.

Enjoy insights into the history of wine at Winterthur with Leslie B. Grigsby, senior curator of ceramics and glass, who will present an overview of how wine was acquired, traded, and enjoyed in America and Britain during the 1700s and early 1800s. Then, winemaker Virginia Mitchell will discuss the harvest and explain the intricate winemaking process from vine to bottle. Finally, learn proper wine tasting techniques and try five different wines paired with five delectable cheeses. Reservations required. $75; $70 for Winterthur and DMNH members. Sold out. 

Whet your palate by visiting the online exhibition Uncorked! Wine Objects & Tradition and enjoy a virtual tour of the 2012 galleries display.


Join us for our other Wine through Winterthur events: 

Harvest Tasting, September 17, 4:00–7:00 pm

Wine & Tapas Tasting, October 16, 3:00–6:00 pm

Walking Wine Tasting, November 21, 1:00–4:00 pm