The City of Wine, Bordeaux

La Cité du vin

Inauguration La Cité du Vin

Inauguration La Cité du Vin


La Cité du vin The project to create

, a cultural and tourist center for wine



, dates back to 2009 and the first stone was laid in 2013. I remember it very well, we all left with a vine growing quietly on my terrace, a living reminder of that day.

La Cité du Vin

Quai des Chartrons I went at the beginning of the week to the inauguration of this

Cité du Vin

, a building whose exterior architecture does not excite me too much. I don’t find

a seamless, immaterial and sensual

roundness. I must be missing the box. As much as I fell in love with the new stadium, I am hermetic. Maybe it will come with time. Anyway, I advise all visitors to go there by boat via the batcub (boat bus, streetcar ticket price, bus), the walk and the arrival on the city are really beautiful.

Quai des Chartrons

High technology was used throughout the visit in the service of the age-old art of wine culture. A true contrast between history and modernity . There are a lot of videos and touch screens. It lacks a bit of humanity and warmth (for me). I couldn’t see everything during the press visit but some experiences I liked a lot like “A Bord” where you board a galley or a gabarre.

A Bord !

A Bord !

The scenography is extremely well done and you have the impression of sailing on the open sea. I even felt myself being swayed in this adventure where you accompany generations of merchants who have taken the wines beyond the oceans. I also liked the 5 senses buffet. Even if it’s not a revolutionary idea, it’s fun. On the other hand, I was not seduced by the banquet of illustrious men that I found a little dusty and by Bacchus & Venus (all for that?).

Concerning the architecture, if the exterior is not my thing, the interior is very attractive with all those arches that surprise you at the corner.

Un intérieur tout en courbes

A curved interior

Special mention for the Belvedere, the bar on the 8th floor. The view over Bordeaux is exceptional and it must be great to watch the deck of the Chaban Delmas Bridge being lifted and see the liners arrive in the Port of the Moon.

Vue sur le Pont Chaban Delmas

View of the Chaban Delmas Bridge

Le Belvédère

Le Belvédère

What else can I say? That there’s a cellar that seems incredible but that I couldn’t see (No Ladies, you can’t go in, others yes but you can’t.). Just come back another day? #AhBon #Super #Bref), that there are also temporary exhibitions including a very beautiful carte blanche to Isabelle Rosenbaum who photographed and gave her view of the city of wine throughout the work, that there is an auditorium, wine workshops, a store and a restaurant.

In short, Bordeaux, the world capital of wine, needed a space dedicated to the divine nectar. It’s done and it’s open to the world.

La Cité du Vin – 1, esplanade de Pontac – 33 300 Bordeaux
www.laciteduvin. com
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Hours 2016 : From 9 am to between 6 pm and 7:30 pm depending on the days and seasons (closes a little earlier in winter)
Rates : 20 € full adult rate (with access to the permanent route + audioguide + tasting of a glass of wine at the Belvedere) – Possibility also of an annual subscription with unlimited access : Solo formula : 48 € full adult rate or duo (84.50 € full adult rate)
Workshops : from 15 € full adult rate
The ground floor and second floor are accessible free of charge (thank you Cécile)

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