Bordeaux is world-renowned for being the largest wine growing area in France.
With total vineyard coverage of around 120,000 hectares. Wine has been linked to Bordeaux for hundreds of years, with a surge of popularity in the UK occurring when Henry Plantagenet, better known as Henry II, married Eleanor of Aquitaine in the middle of the 12th century.
However, wine can be found all over the world and that is the special thing about wine; it has forged bonds between people, shaped landscapes and has generated a genuine culture across the world. To respect this, the City of Bordeaux wanted a place where the international community could share this age-old culture and to help protect and pass on this universal heritage. Therefore, on June 1st 2016, Bordeaux unveiled the world’s first wine theme park, known as La Cité du Vin.
La Cité du Vin
La Cité du Vin, known to the English-speaking community as ‘The City of Wine’, is a theme park that spans an architectural area of 13,350m2, corresponding to around 3.3 acres, and reaches a maximum height of 55m. Split over ten floors with a viewing platform on the eighth floor, the numerous spaces inside ensure that La Cité du Vin offers multiple experiences for tourists from all around the world.
The architectural design of the building itself is exquisite. Every way you look at it, it stimulates the imagination, from the intricate, curved edges to even looking like wine swirling in a glass. All of these added together make La Cité du Vin an amazing asset for Bordeaux’s wine culture and a great place to share wine ideas and appreciate it with the international community.