Bordeaux is the venue for a new attraction: La Cité du Vin or The City of Wine, which is scheduled to open this June. The ultra-modern building on the banks of the River Garonne in the Chartrons area – Bordeaux’s traditional wine trading district – symbolises the swirl of wine in a glass, writes Carol Wright in Sommelier India.
Unlike any other edifice, this building with its sensuous curves is a “pure evocation of the spirit of wine and a unique place where city and river meet”. The creative brainchild of Parisian agency XTU and its architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières – La Cité du Vin is spread over 32,291 square feet and consists of 20 themed spaces. Its digitally-inspired interiors have been done by UK-based Casson Mann whose designers wanted to build an innovative permanent tour with uber cool digital technologies.
Offering temporary and permanent exhibitions, it will introduce visitors to wine cultures through experiences like, “World Tour of Vineyards”, “ Table of the Five Senses”, “ Metamorphoses of Wine” and the “Banquet of Legends.” Aiming to mix education with entertainment, the latest technology will be employed including 3D, holograms, fragrance diffusers, music and interactive tools to recreate experiences such as “flying” over diverse wine growing areas, taking a boat trip as wine traders once did and learning about wine tasting in games involving light, sound and smell.
With boutiques, a five star hotel, shopping centre and maritime shuttle service, the complex also boasts a 30 metre high panoramic restaurant on the 7th floor of the tower that overlooks the river Garonne and Bordeaux. The restaurant will serve cuisine “inspired by the themes of La Cité du Vin: around the world and around the wine.”
A wine information desk will enable visitors to book tours to nearby vineyards. A two night / three day tour to Bordeaux includes La Cité as well as Médoc estate vineyards to learn about production and blending your own wine.
For more information, visit – www.laciteduvin.com