Enjoy a world of wine and history plus amazing city views with a glass of wine!
Step into La Cité du Vin even quicker with this fast-track La Cité du Vin ticket and go on an immersive self-guided tour through Bordeaux's wine and culture.
Entrance to the Cité du Vin
Self-guided tour (Permanent Tour) with an interactive visit tool (Travel Companion) in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, or Portuguese
Tasting of a glass of wine (or organic grape juice) in the Belvédère
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Cité du Vin Bordeaux
A must-see in Bordeaux!
Enter the Cité du Vin even faster with this fast-track ticket and go on a free immersive tour of the culture and world of wine in Bordeaux. You can decide the length of your visit and select the time and date that suits you best. Don’t want to waste time? Enter the Cité du Vin even faster by booking your ticket in advance!
Cité du Vin Bordeaux.
The permanent tour
The permanent tour of the Cité du Vin invites you on a journey through the history of wine. Discover how this universal heritage has inspired people and shaped their lives as well as their territory for thousands of years. More than 3000 m² of individual and collective experiences, educational, immersive, dreamlike, multi-sensory ..
The Cité du Vin is a museum in Bordeaux dedicated to the history of wine. The museum offers a permanent interactive tour lasting 2-3 hours, as well as a short thematic tour lasting about an hour. The visit ends with the Belvedere and a glass of wine tasting.
Visit the Cité du Vin in detail
Overview of the vineyards
The film “Wine Landscapes of the World” presents the vineyards of the world from various angles. The vineyard landscapes are shown in a new light, highlighting their beauty and diversity.
The interactive globes on this website allow users to explore the world’s wine landscapes, which are recognised for their heritage and cultural value. Users can learn how climates shape the cultivation of vines, go back in time and follow the spread of vines and grape varieties through the conquests.
The winegrowing terroir is a subtle interplay between several elements, such as the soil, the climate, the exposure of a place, the history and the traditions. The winegrowers of 10 different terroirs tell us with passion what makes their wines unique and the identity of their terroir.
In the vineyards
Man has been the gardener of wine for thousands of years. He selects, prepares, takes care of himself, harvests, studies… It is thanks to his intelligence about nature, his endurance and his creativity that wine was born.
Through the touch screens, discover some of the world’s greatest grape varieties, analyse the reaction of wine to various environments, and understand the techniques used to produce optimal wine and deal with nature.
This part of the exhibition presents the three stages of wine making: vinification, maturation and ageing
6 wine families
The Cité du Vin in Bordeaux offers an exhibition on the six major types of wine in the world. Visitors can discover the olfactory, sound and visual differences between dry white, red, rosé, sparkling, macerated and sweet wines.
The gallery of civilisations
Wine is an important element in the history of civilisations. It is present in the daily and sacred uses of societies and has been immortalised in works of art throughout the world. This gallery traces the journey of wine through the ages, from the earliest civilizations to the 20th century.
Along the rivers
The history of wine is closely linked to rivers and seas. From ancient times until the invention of the railway in the 19th century, waterways were the preferred means of transporting wine. These waterways contributed to the development of great vineyards.
Across the seas
Become a passenger on a merchant ship and set off on a historic journey through four ports of call on the world’s seas. You’ll visit ports around the world, learn about the history of shipping and trade, and be entertained by games and quizzes.
The Trendy Alley
Today, in the 21st century, the world is changing and the image of wine is changing with it: from being a desired product, it has become “trendy”.
Artists’ labels, designer plastic bottles or ultra-modern packaging, secure cellars for masterpieces, unusual furniture, innovative advertising campaigns, trendy wine bars all over the world… architects and designers continue to redefine the great wine show from every angle.
Face to face with the experts
Hear from leading wine experts on topics such as how to choose a year, how to store wine, and how to serve it. You can also test your wine knowledge with quizzes.
The 5 senses buffet
Wine tasting is an experience that engages all the senses and awakens memory, emotion and imagination. You don’t need to be a specialist to taste and enjoy wine!
A matter of taste
a matter of taste” tells the story of the appreciation of wine by famous people through the ages. It also evokes the modification of the taste of wine over the centuries.
At the table!
Through modern projections, historian Franck Ferrand and journalist Ariane Massenet explore with you the art of serving wine. They discuss the precise gestures, codes and special dishes used for thousands of years. They also talk to Michelin-starred chef Hélène Darroze about the gastronomic meal, which was recently recognised by UNESCO as part of the world’s intangible heritage.
Wine of intoxication
Wine is an artist’s companion that can chase away melancholy and be a source of conviviality. However, in excess, it can cause disturbances of the senses, transgressions, disorder and even misery and decay. Works of art, music, literature and film illustrate the isolation and degradation that excessive consumption of wine can cause.
Wine of love
Discover how wine has been associated with love in works of art over the centuries. You will see how wine is used as an attribute of seduction, as a source of pleasure and as a means of forgetting the pains of love.
Not accessible to minors.
Wine is a link between man and the afterlife in many cultures. Associated with the spiritual and sacred, it is often incorporated into rites and ceremonies. Religious art is an evocation of the symbolic character of the vine and wine in Greco-Roman mythology and Christianity.
Bordeaux: City and vineyard
Bordeaux is a city where the relationship between the city and wine is strong and intimate, according to its history. The interactive tables allow visitors to discover Bordeaux through various eras by “reincarnating” themselves as emblematic characters. Among the mythical places of the city, we can mention the medieval port of Tropeyte, the Chartrons suburb in the 17th century, the Mitchell glass factory or the 19th century cellars.
The great saga of Bordeaux
The documentary film “Bordeaux, from wine to grands crus” retraces the history of the Bordeaux vineyards from the Middle Ages to the present day. It highlights the great figures who have shaped its history, the events that have marked its development and the innovations that have led to its worldwide fame.