The universal and living cultural heritage of wine now has the perfect setting: La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux. Follow the guide, Philippe Massol, director of the foundation that is leading this unique and pioneering project.
What is La Cité du Vin?
La Cité du Vin (City of Wine), which opens to the public in June 2016, is a major cultural and leisure facility, the first of its kind in the world. It is dedicated to the dynamic and universal cultural heritage of wine.
In what ways is it an innovative site?
Covering 14,000 square metres, La Cité du Vin will offer a voyage through space and time to the heart of the cultures and civilizations of wine. In this unique place there will be multiple experiences. The innovative and immersive scenographic displays of the permanent exhibition, covering 3,000 square metres, form the heart of the experience. The exhibition includes 20 themed spaces and more than 120 audiovisual and multimedia displays, translated into eight languages. The belvedere, or viewing platform, situated on the eighth floor at a height of 35 metres, offers visitors an exceptional panorama over Bordeaux and the Garonne River. La Cité du Vin will also be a place for social and cultural exchanges: contemporary exhibitions, performances, conferences, wine-tasting workshops and other cultural events will form part of the yearly calendar, offering visitors a diversity of experiences.
How many visitors are you expecting?
Located in the heart of Bordeaux, on the banks of the Garonne River, La Cité du Vin is aiming to attract 450,000 visitors a year.