The Cité du Vin took three years to build and opened on 31 May 2016. Its glass and iridescent aluminium envelope designed by Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières of XTU architects, houses a new style of cultural facility that is the only one of its kind in the world.
A journey into the heart of wine civilization
The “museum” offers an immersive experience with a sequence of 19 themed modules laid out in a beautiful 3,000 m2 exhibition area. Visitors are invited on a journey through time and space, presenting wine through the ages and across the world, with experiences that involve all the senses. Among the themed spaces: a stunning flight over the greatest vineyards in the world, created using projections; a 50-seat boat equipped with a 220° screen for a journey back in time with a crew of wine merchants; a series of interactive globes to see how vines have spread across the planet... A tour usually lasts about two hours, but there is in fact ten hours of content available via more than 120 audiovisual displays!
The visit ends with a ride in a lift up to the eighth floor for a wine tasting in theaptly named Belvedere, which offers a 360° panoramic view of the city of Bordeaux and its river.
Three tasting areas are available to further develop your knowledge of wine, including a multi-sensory immersive space and educational workshops for younger visitors.
A celebration of art and culture
La Cité du Vin’s cultural programme includes two temporary exhibitions every year including in spring, a major art exhibition lasting three months looks at a particular theme linked to the world of wine and its civilizations (see focus), using a diverse range of disciplines. In autumn, an exhibition by a « guest wine region » (Argentina in 2019) displays works of art from the greatest museums across the globe.
A lively programme is scheduled throughout the year in the Thomas Jefferson auditorium with shows, concerts, screenings, meetings and debates.
There are also three places to eat, including a panoramic restaurant, Le 7; a 250 m2 concept store, a cellar with more than 14,000 bottles for sale, a reading room, and various reception areas.
2019 Opening Times
Until April , 5th: 10am to 6pm every day except Mondays 7, 14, 21 and 28 of January
April, 6th to September, 1st: 10am to 7pm every day
September, 2nd to January, 5th, 2020: Monday to Friday except holidays from 10am to 6pm
Week-ends, holidays and school holidays from 10am to 7pm
Ticket price: € 20