Bordeaux’s New “La Cité du Vin”

La Cité du Vin
La Cité du Vin of Bordeaux was inaugurated on June 1st, 2016

“La Cité du Vin” is the newest and largest addition to the wine related attraction of Bordeaux.
It opened with big fanfare on the 1st of June 2016.
Called also the “Guggenheim” of the wine, “La Cité du Vin” is a cultural site dedicated to the wine.
The building is in itself remarkable: a 10 floor, 55 meter tower, clad in shiny aluminum and glass sheath, which “flows” in a lower leveled coil. The architect of this extraordinary structure, Anouk Legendre, said she got the inspiration from the swirl of the wine in a glass.
Spread on 13,350 square meters, the site tries to bring together all the information about wine one would be interested in: its history, grape growing and wine making techniques, wine’s reflection in art and philosophy, information about nowadays wineries from round the world, etc.
Among the modules presented on the 3,000 square meter permanent exhibition probably the most interesting are the module that presents the different wine bouquets with the possibility of actually smelling these scents – including leather and wood scents -, the module that presents on three wall large screens a bird’s eye view of the most important wineries of the planet, as well as the presentation of how to properly serve different wines on a festive table!

Olfactive module of the permanent exhibition
Olfactive module of the permanent exhibition

The visitor can experiment the basic scents found in wines
The visitor can experience the basic scents found in wines (like coffee, leather, burned incense)

Wine Bouquet
The wine bouquet (one pipe!) is made from basic scents (the three pipes)

World famous vineyards
A bird’s eye view of the world’s most famous vineyards

Included in the basic entry €20 ticket is a visit of the permanent exhibition, accompanied by an audio guide available in 12 languages, and the tasting of a glass of wine on the 8th floor of the building, floor that offers also a beautiful view of Bordeaux and of the Chaban-Delmas bridge, the largest vertical lift bridge in Europe.
The site includes also a panoramic restaurant of the 7th floor, a wine shop that features an impressive collection of wines from around the world, a wine bar and even a tourist office with the possibility of booking Bordeaux wineries tours.

Module presenting the basic of vine growing
Module presenting the basic of vine growing
Interviews with vinegrowers of the world
Interviews with vinegrowers of the world

Wine 101
Wine 101

How wine relates with industry, art, technology etc.
How wine relates with industry, art, technology etc.

Wine tasting area
Wine tasting area

Chaban-Delmas bridge
View of Chaban-Delmas bridge from the 8th floor of Cité du Vin
The well stocked wine story
The well stocked wine story sells wine from all over the world
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