Art and architecture in the Bordeaux vineyard
The heritage of the Bordeaux region gives you no respite: remarkable villages, fortresses, mediaeval châteaux... And what about the contemporary art exhibitions in La Cité du Vin and wine-producing châteaux? When art and heritage come together to make your eyes brim!
WINE AND ART: WHAT’S NOT TO BE MISSED?
If there is one place that breathes art in all its forms, it is certainly La Cité du Vin. Inspring each year, La Cité du Vin offers an exhibition linked to the world of wine and its civilisations. Make a note of the second major exhibition, “Wine & Music: Concords and Discords – 16th to 19th century”, which takes place from 22 March to 24 June 2018.
- Bacchus and Venus: Immerse yourself in an artistic daydream just above your head. Sail through the centuries to discover dreamlike artworks illustrating the relationship between wine and love;
- Divine wine: Immerse yourself in wine’s sacred dimension since the dawn of time thanks to a striking mosaic of music, poems and texts. Frescoes, windows, paintings, bas-reliefs and miniatures remind people of this drink’s sacred nature.
Among those that are not to be missed is Château d’Arsac. A place that is truly open to artistic creation, this Médoc property brings together an impressive collection of contemporary sculptures under the name “Jardin des Sculptures”.
Don’t miss Château Chasse Spleen and its collection of contemporary art, which consists of an original selection of works, ideally arranged in the château, the cellars and the gardens.
Finally, why not go to the heart of the Médoc, in Pauillac, to the magnificent Museum of Wine in Art at Château Mouton Rothschild. This magical place houses a multitude of precious objects that all have a more or less direct link to wine.
WINE AND ARCHITECTURE: THE PLACES THAT SHOULD NOT BE MISSED
La Cité du Vin is a building unique in the world, its shape “an evocation of the soul of wine, between the river and the city”. The architects from the firm XTU, Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières, have imagined a place full of symbols of identity: gnarled vine trunks, wine swirling in the glass, the eddies of the Garonne. Every day at 3pm, a guided tour of one hour presents this exceptional building, its architecture, materials, symbolism and construction.
In the Saint-Emilion vineyards, Château Faugères is a very good example of those properties that stand out from the local landscape by their architecture. Also called the “cathedral of wine”, the monumental cellar of this property was designed by the renowned Swiss architect: Mario Botta.
The architect Jean Nouvel has also left his trace in the Saint-Émilion vineyard by creating a new 600 m2 vat room for Château La Dominique, with red façades that recall the colour of the wine. Before or after your visit, you can enjoy lunch at the restaurant La Terrasse Rouge, from where you can see the impressive cellar of Château Cheval Blanc designed by Christian de Portzamparc.
Finally, if you want to visit a property with architecture that is representative of the traditional Bordeaux style, pay a visit to Château de Ferrand. This 17th-century vineyard has recently seen its cellar renovated by architect Guy Tropès. Here you can taste the best wines of the property in a contemporary room that gives a view over the new barrel cellar.