The wine capital of the world, Bordeaux, takes wining to a whole new level with the world’s first wine theme park.
Seven years in the making, La Cité du Vin—city of wine—is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach. A trip to La Cité du Vin will give visitors a different view of wine from across the world, across the ages and across cultures.
The La Cité du Vin is a 10-storey, US$91 million museum with 20 themed areas and exhibits, divided up with a Disneyland approach. There is a 250-seater auditorium used for screenings, and classes. The La Cité du Vin is also a marvel of architecture. Parisian architects, XTU, came up with the concept of the building: a slosh of wine being poured into a flute: a flute with a 55-metre-high wash of gold, aluminium and champagne-blonde glass, that is.
There are close to 10 hours of interactive content, which include immersive vineyards and a holographic banquet chamber, for the truly immersive multi-sensory experience. To complete the theme park concept, there is a simulator boat ride reimagining the journey of a seafaring merchant across the globe.
The permanent tour of the museum is one not to be missed. A self-guided tour of the 20 themed spaces is a quintessential part of the experience. An innovative audio guide available in eight languages will help guests to explore the circuit.
Serious wine drinking is an integral part of the experience. The mission of La Cité du Vin is to promote and share the cultural, universal and living heritage of wine with the broadest audience possible. There are expert-led tasting sessions with a multi-sensory space with moving sets, 3D images and olfactory whiffs. Director of Philippe Massol aims to make La Cité du Vin the largest cultural centre of wine in the world.
So grab your glass and head down to La Cité du Vin for a wine experience unlike any other in the world.