La Cité du Vin. Photo: Alban Gilbert

Have you heard of the fabulous wine-themed venue in Bordeaux known as La Cité du Vin? As our Editor in Chief wrote after its opening in June 2016, “there could not be a more perfect emblem for the 21st-century ambitions and aspirations of Bordeaux than the newly opened landmark attraction, La Cité du Vin.” Its goal? To be a “new-generation cultural site, unique in the world, where the soul of wine is expressed through an immersive and sensory approach at the heart of an evocative architecture. La Cité du Vin shows wine in a different way, across the world, across the ages, in all cultures and in all civilisations.” Think interactive displays, wine workshops, sensory exhibits, tastings and events galore.

Fast forward a few years later, and this must-visit attraction is proving itself to be wildly successful. On August 29, the museum reached a milestone when it welcomed its one millionth visitor. (In 2017, La Cité du Vin had 445,000 visitors of 176 nationalities.) Twenty percent of these visitors from outside Bordeaux indicate that the museum was what drew them to the city.

La Cité du Vin
The inauguration of La Cité du Vin. Photo: Anaka/ XTU Architects

La Cité du Vin is the anchor of the newly regenerated Bassins à flot area, a new ecodistrict with apartments, offices and public facilities that’s set to become a new leisure-culture-tourism destination in Bordeaux.

Keen to visit the museum? A new temporary exhibition will launch soon called “Douro: an alchemy between air, land and river”– running from 05 October 2018 to 06 January 2019. The attraction is open every day from 10 am to 6 pm. The ticket for the permanent tour, including a glass of wine on the rooftop, costs 20 euros. Book your tickets on the website https://www.laciteduvin.com

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