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Original wine cellar - a tourist attraction in Da Nang

posted Jun 17, 2012, 9:36 PM by Dong Travel   [ updated Aug 22, 2013, 2:33 AM by Wisata DongTravel ]
Built in the early 20th century by the French, Debay wine cellar in Ba Na resort, in the central city of Da Nang has a unique architectural style in Vietnam. It has become a tourist destination.

This special cellar was built in 1923 for French military officers and businesspeople, 
as well as rich Vietnamese. It was named after Debay, a French officer, who built the 
structure. On May 15, 2012 the cellar was restored for tourism purposes.

The arched structure simulates the French-style architecture. It is 100m long, 
2.5m high and 2m wide. No bulbs are installed along the passageway of the cellar.

Temperatures inside the cellar are rather low, ranging between 16-20 degrees Celsius 
during the daytime and dropping to below 10 degrees Celsius at night. Bottles of wine 
can be placed along the passageway of the cellar.

Bottles are stored in locked compartments to prevent wine being exposed to heat, 
light, temperature fluctuations, and humidity that can spoil wine aroma and flavour.

Not only grape wine, but rice wine distilled in Ba Na was also stored in the cellar 
to serve French military officers and rich Vietnamese businesspeople at the time.  

Big compartments were marked by the name of the wine maker. The wine was formerly 
deposited in the cellar for use by upper classes in society.

The lighting system was only installed at the middle of the cellar, where parties or 
other formal functions were held by the French.

A fire place was put up to warm up the cellar during the winter time

Coming here, visitors have the chance to taste wine of different kinds

Thousands of tourists visit Ba Na and the cellar every day.

Source: VNN