“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!
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.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!