Of course, I am not obsessed with wine, but I am rather excited by the opening of La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux this week. I can’t wait to visit it next time I am in the city.
President François Hollande opened the museum with Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé on Tuesday. The €81 million ‘wine wonderland’ simply cements the concept of Bordeaux as the world’s capital of wine.
It has been designed to look like a swirl of wine. With views of the Garonne river, the futuristic tower complements the city’s new waterfront and elegant riverside buildings.
Inside there is plenty for the keen drinker – 13,350 sq metres spread over ten floors, in fact.
There is a restaurant and a café – and there’s also a wine cellar, with some 14,000 bottles on sale. Special exhibition zones allow visitors to learn the art of wine-tasting. There are workshops, film screenings and shows too. In one room overlooking the river, thousands of wine bottles have been made into ceiling lights.
Generously, the museum will allow a guest wine region to showcase “its cultural wealth and history” each summer.
“The €81 million ‘wine wonderland’ simply cements the concept of Bordeaux as the world’s capital of wine”
As well as the standard tour, temporary exhibitions will ensure visitors keep going back. Tourist chiefs are hoping La Cité du Vin will attract 450,000 people visitors a year.
I can’t say how they arrived at that figure, but I know two people who will definitely be going…