The Cité du Vin is an exhibition space on the theme of wine located in Bordeaux (Bacalan district). With a surface area of 13,350 m2, this magnificent wine museum attracts nearly 400,000 visitors per year.
It was inaugurated on 31 May 2016 in the presence of Alain Juppé and François Hollande, and opened to the public on 1 June 2016.
On the first floor, there are temporary exhibition spaces, a reading room, discovery workshops (tasting, food and wine pairing, etc.), and a 250-seat auditorium that hosts events and shows throughout the year.
The second floor, the heart of the visit, is home to the permanent tour, an immersive journey through time and space to discover wine as a cultural, universal and living heritage: twenty thematic areas make up a tour lasting an estimated two hours, accompanied by the Travel Companion, an innovative technological tool that triggers multimedia content, lip translation in 8 languages and accessibility for all audiences.
On the 7th floor there is a panoramic restaurant (Le 7), with a belvedere on the 8th floor offering a panoramic view of the city and the Port of the Moon from 35 metres above.
The structure is shaped like a gnarled vine "to recall both a wine swirling in a glass and the eddies of the Garonne, which borders the site".
The 9,000 m3 concrete building rests on 300 concrete piles that go down to a depth of 30 metres. The structure is covered with 918 glass panels in three colours: clear, grey (tinted) and gold, and 2,300 aluminium panels of different sizes. Its façade is made of screen-printed glass panels and iridescent lacquered perforated aluminium panels. The tower reaches a height of 55 metres. The building has a surface area of 13,350 m2, divided into 8 different levels.
The Cité du Vin tells the story of wine from the vine to the glass. The museum presents exhibitions dedicated to wine through civilizations in an immersive setting.