The Viticultural collection in Pitve was founded on the initiative of the local community. Professional activities such as collecting objects and conceptualising the exhibition were conducted in cooperation with the staff of the former Center for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Hvar. The result of several years of planning and collecting objects was a permanent exhibition of the Viticultural collection set up in a former school building in Pitve, in which the memorial room of the NOB (People’s Liberation Movement in WW2) was already established. The Museum was opened on 29 June 1989, but was closed soon after. The collection is still temporarily stored while the building in which it will be reopened to the public is undergoing renovations.
The Viticultural collection reflects the continuity of wine culture on the island of Hvar, which dates back to the times of the Greek colonisation of the island in 4th century B.C. Wine growing and winemaking, two dominant economies on the island, are established as a usual reference in the representation of the island of Hvar and important aspects of the identity of its inhabitants. The Viticultural collection holds traditional tools used on the land, in the vineyards and “konobas” (wine production and storage rooms), equipment for wine production and storage, as well as traditional kitchen utensils. These tools are still vividly present in the memories of our wine growers, and some of them are still in use in numerous “konobas” on Hvar.
The viticultural tradition and hard work of Hvar’s wine growers resulted in professionalization and technological advancement in soil tillage and wine making which irretrievably changed this traditional economy. Today, next to traditional “konobas” there are modern wine cellars that produce wines recognized throughout the world. The new permanent exhibition will be focusing on pairing the centuries old wine making tradition with the habits of contemporary wine enthusiasts that enjoy a glass of good wine made from autochthonous grape varieties.