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Rain in Bordeaux! What can you do in Bordeaux when it rains?

Published 26 September 2019

Visiting Bordeaux and the weather is due to take a turn for the worse? Looking for something to do in Bordeaux when it rains? Don’t just feel sorry for yourself and stay on the sofa – come and shelter at Cité du Vin! There are lots of activities to experience when you want to ignore the bad weather and enjoy a fantastic day.

(Re)visit the permanent exhibition

Even if it hails, rains or blows a gale, the permanent exhibition remains open to welcome you to the Cité du Vin. Thanks to its ten hours of content and its twenty interactive themed spaces, you can take your time exploring the cultures and civilisations of wine.

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Taste a glass of wine on the belvedere

As the climax of your visit to the permanent exhibition, you will have the opportunity to taste a glass of world wine as you enjoy a 360-degree view of Bordeaux.

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Attend a tasting workshop

When it rains in Bordeaux, take advantage of the opportunity to awaken your senses! Attend a tasting workshop at La Cité du Vin and learn more about your five senses as you gain an introduction to oenology.

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  • Discovery workshop:

This wine culture workshop invites you to a topsy-turvy wine tasting: taste before smelling, smell before seeing, test your senses, experiment and learn!

During this hour-long workshop you will taste three wines, calling on each of the senses used in wine tasting in turn: sight, smell and taste. You will leave feeling more confident in your tasting abilities!

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  • Multi-sensory workshop:

Seated comfortably in an immersive space (360° images, lights, sounds and smells), embark on a journey to the heart of the world’s markets and experiment with pairings between virtual food and real wines. From Asia to America, you will travel four continents with a blind tasting of four wines, immersed in the ambient sounds and smells of the world’s markets.

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  • Bordeaux workshop:

Come and sample Bordeaux, its history and its identity. Each vineyard’s reputation is built on a style, terroirs, grape varieties, expertise and methods developed by men and women over the course of centuries.


discover the building 

During a guided tour, retrace the story of a unique project. Let you telle the origin of the Cité du Vin, its missions, its unique building. The mediators guide you in this tour and give you the keys to understand the place.

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browse a book in the reading room

La Cité du Vin’s reading room offers a wide selection of literary, historic, artistic and even anthropological works relating to the world of wine. This free area open to all also provides access to more than 1600 works echoing the permanent tour.

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