La Cité du Vin, a world of cultures
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Situated in Bordeaux, La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations.
La Cité du Vin invites you on a lively, eye-opening journey around a world of wine and culture.
- Our mission: to promote and share the cultural, universal and living heritage that is wine with the broadest possible audience.
- Our goal: to focus on emotions, sensations and imagination.
- The founding principles of the tour experience: to pass on knowledge interactively, to experience things at your own pace, to learn according to your personal wishes.
A must-see experience during any stay in Bordeaux, but also a place to go for residents of the Bordeaux region, La Cité du Vin is there to be seen, experienced and visited.
La Cité du Vin is run by the Fondation pour la Culture et les Civilisations du Vin, a foundation recognised as being of public interest by Ministerial Decree in December 2014.
To be seen: iconic architecture
At first sight, the architecture of the building certainly makes an impact. It is a journey in itself, creating a place filled with symbols of identity: the knotted vine stocks, wine turning in the glass, the swirls and eddies of the Garonne river. Each and every architectural detail evokes liquid elements and the very soul of wine. Comprising more than 13,350m2 spread over ten levels and reaching a height of 55 metres, La Cité du Vin invites you to step in and explore.
The bold architectural design by architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières from XTU architects is impressive for its shape and audacious curves, as well as its ever-changing reflections depending on the season, the day or the time. Allow yourself to be transported by this sensation of movement, of uninterrupted flow between the exterior and interior of the structure. Set off on your wine adventure beneath the wooden vault of the torus which reminds us of the massive hull of a ship putting to sea.
Located at the heart of the Bordeaux wine region, in the city itself, La Cité du Vin is an international showcase and an open door onto the world’s vineyards.
To be visited: the permanent tour, belvedere and temporary exhibitions
La Cité du Vin, an international wine museum? If the approach is museum-like, the method certainly does not follow the classical rules. There is no permanent collection, but a self-guided tour punctuated by 20 themed spaces explaining the culture of wine in an immersive, sensorial setting, with the final phase leading you up to the belvedere for a tasting of worldwide wines. From 2017, two major temporary art exhibitions will complete the visitor experience.
The permanent tour, the heart of La Cité du Vin, invites you on a journey through time and space to discover wine in its universal, heritage, civilisational and cultural dimensions. Senses on the alert, set off to discover wine, its imagery, its influence on world civilisations and regions through the millennia, particularly through history, geography, geology, oenology and the arts. Whether mythical, sacred, religious or magical, experience the culture of wine as a formidable epic which has shaped mankind and the way we live, which has been a source of inspiration in both past and present.
Throughout your visit you will be guided by the travel companion, an innovative and technological tool available in eight languages, helping you to explore the circuit at your own pace and adapted to your own profile.
The final phase of the journey will take you up to a height of 35 metres, up to the Belvedere of La Cité du Vin where you can take in a 360° view of the city: Bordeaux, capital of the Gironde, its Port de la Lune and, stretching out of sight, its vineyards and wine regions.
A unique panorama to enjoy while sipping a glass of wine from one of the great vineyards of the world.
If the permanent tour is the heart of the visit, La Cité du Vin has plenty of other experiences in store. In an area of more than 700m2, La Cité du Vin will be organising two big temporary exhibitions each year on varying cultural and artistic themes, bringing together works of art from leading international museums and private collections.
You can also journey to the heart of wine growing countries and regions of the world through original exhibitions: each year, a “guest wine region” will spend the summer at La Cité du Vin to showcase its cultural wealth and its history.
To be experienced: events, workshops, restaurants & boutiques
In addition to the permanent tour and temporary exhibitions, the variety of experiences on offer at La Cité du Vin makes it a decidedly unique place, a living place, a social and cultural destination, whether you live in the region or are just visiting Bordeaux.
Discover a rich and varied cultural programme in the Thomas Jefferson auditorium (250 places) and the conference areas where you will find shows and concerts, cinema screenings, meetings and seminars.
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a total novice, take part in a unique experience with the La Cité du Vin cultural workshops! Test your senses, widen your tasting perspective, get to know about wines without any fears, learn to distinguish aromas and to combine food and wine effortlessly. Themed wine-tasting workshops, including a multi-sensory area, are on offer all year round, as well as educational workshops specially designed for youngsters.
Settle into the calm of the reading room and plunge into a wealth of multilingual documentation. This is a free access area where you will find a wide selection of multi-media publications linked to the world of wine.
Pause for a bite to eat or a souvenir of your time at La Cité du Vin by visiting our restaurants and boutiques:
- La Cité du Vin boutique: a concept store showcasing a selection of objects, books, limited edition items, gifts and souvenirs linked to the world of wine, treats for yourself or gifts for others.
- Le 7 panoramic restaurant: on the 7th floor of La Cité du Vin, enjoy an exceptional view over Bordeaux while tasting a selection of seasonal regional produce, accompanied by a list of more than 500 wines from around the world.
- Latitude20: a wine bar with more than 50 different wines by the glass and a selection of tapas from around the world, a snack bar with a big choice of snacks for any time of day and a worldwide wine cellar with more than 14,000 bottles from more than 80 wine producing countries.
Around the building, walk through the La Cité du Vin gardens, a green space ideal for a breath of fresh air and to enjoy the atmosphere of the city, the river and the quays.
And if you would like to prolong this wine experience, don’t hesitate to drop in at the Wine Tours desk in the entrance hall of La Cité du Vin, the departure point for excursions on the river or by road to the Bordeaux vineyards.
Be it for a few hours, a day, or an evening, La Cité du Vin welcomes you to a genuinely living space open to all. Thanks to a varied and tailor-made cultural offering, La Cité du Vin is an essential part of a weekend in Aquitaine or a holiday in the Gironde, an original option for an outing in Bordeaux or an experience for the family or with friends.
Welcome to a world of cultures, welcome to La Cité du Vin.