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 viewing platform overlooking the city. Visitors with an interest in architecture won’t want to miss the guided tour of the building exterior (1 hour/€6) to gain an insight into the imagination of its designers Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières.
Inside, the tour is unguided, totally immersive and personal. Here, it’s time to put the rational brain to one side and let yourself 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.
As you progress, you will climb to a height of 55 metres and gain 360° panoramic views 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!
Permanently thirsty to learn new things, I absolutely loved it, and emerged completely intoxicated by the experience. I’d advise you to allow at least three hours for 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!