The Gam Wine Tunnel opened its doors in 2006 in Cheongdo-gun, becoming the world’s first persimmon wine cellar.
The wine tunnel of Cheongdo-gun is the perfect place for aging persimmon wine, which is made by the process of fermenting seedless persimmons, a local specialty of Cheongdo. Due to its scenic location, the tunnel has become popular for tourists and event Korean nationals. At the tunnel, group tourists can participate in a number of programs such as making their own wine or picking persimmons. For individual visitors, there are exhibitions, wine sampling, a café, and a wine market.
The tunnel was completed in 1904, used as a train tunnel. The tunnel was originally called “Namseonghyeon Tunnel.” The building of the tunnel started in 1898 during the Joseon Dynasty. It was closed down and reopened in 2006, after remodeling the old railway tunnel. Coinciding with reopening the tunnel, it received the new name of “Wine Tunnel.” The tunnel is made of granite and red clay bricks, and extends about 1,000m. The tunnel naturally provides ideal conditions for the aging of top-notch persimmon wine. It is located in the middle of a mountain, with consistent temperature of 15 Celsius with 60 to 70 percent humidity all year round. This ideal temperature attracts many visitors during the summer.
The wine cellar was created hundred years ago when persimmon growers put red bricks on the ceiling of the tunnel and reinforced the tunnel walls with natural stone, turning the railroad tunnel into a great wine cellar and a unique tourist experience. The tunnel offers a variety of cultural experience programs combined with art, wine tasting and purchase, art galleries, etc. For group activities, you must make reservations at least three days in advance for 3,000won per person (15 or more people). The reservation and price would include wine sampling (and snacks) and a guided tour. Otherwise, all admissions are free and parking is available for free.
If in front of the Wine tunnel, you’ll find that the only restaurant nearby will be “Papillon Camp”, where they sell handmade burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and more. VIsit Papillon Camp to satisfy your appetite and recharge your energy before heading out to continue touring the Wine Tunnel or the rest of the picturesque region of Cheongdo.