La Cité du Vin, the Bordeaux ‘Guggenheim’!

A bold architectural statement designed to evoke the soul of wine, set between the river and the city. Bordeaux and its surrounding region now have a new emblematic building that celebrates this very special skill indivisible from the history of humanity.
La Cité du Vin, the Bordeaux ‘Guggenheim’!

The colours of its flowing curves vary throughout the day, because everything here is designed to symbolise wine and environment. Wine as it swirls in the glass, the eddies and backwash of the nearby River Garonne... every detail makes reference to the liquid element. This fluidity and roundness continue inside the building and throughout the tour, which winds around the building to end on a panoramic platform overlooking the city. Visitors with an interest in architecture won’t want to miss the guided tour of the building (1 hour/€8) to gain an insight into the imagination of its designers Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières.

Inside, the tours are self-guided, totally immersive and personal. Here, it’s time to put the rational brain to one side and allow yourself to become disorientated. The point of the clearly marked tour route is to allow everyone to wander at their own pace, as the mood takes them and according to their own preferences through the rich and diverse presentations. The audio headset and travel companion guide take you on a personal discovery tour of the vineyard world, the history of wine and civilisation over the centuries, the wine story and flavour components (cinnamon, citrus, red fruits, etc.), and the fabulous architectural structures containing the most valuable Ambrosian nectars worthy of Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine himself.

La Cité du Vin, the Bordeaux ‘Guggenheim’!

As you progress, you will climb to a height of 35 metres and gain a 360° panoramic view of Bordeaux and a wine tasting on which to feast your eyes and taste buds. Wines from Argentina, Moldavia, Crete, Georgia, Greece and Chile... So much choice!

My advise is to plan on dedicating at least three hours to your visit, or to return several times to make sure you don’t miss any of the temporary exhibitions.

Sorry, but I can’t resist setting you a few posers...

  • What did the ancient Egyptian pharmacopoeia use in the preparation of many of its remedies?
  • What were the best wines in the Middle Ages?
  • Which French writer published the first Paris restaurant guide?
  • Who did Louis XV nickname ‘The Prince of the Vines’?

To find the answers, you’ll have to visit the Cité du Vin!


Get here by car, bus, tram or Batcub water bus. Prices begin at €20, including tasting.
Museum shop on the ground floor. Wines of the world bar and snacks: ‘Latitude 20’ and the ‘7’ panoramic restaurant.

There is also the opportunity to book wine estate tours to perfect your wine knowledge!



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