Lonely Planet Writer

Form a queue please: a theme park dedicated to wine to open in France this week

In news that will delight wine-lovers everywhere, a theme park dedicated to wine is opening in Bordeaux, France this week. And ‘wine’ not, eh?

La Cité du Vin theme park in Bordeaux, France. Image: La Cité du Vin
La Cité du Vin theme park in Bordeaux, France. Image: La Cité du Vin

La Cité du Vin will open this Wednesday, June 1, and the ten-floor development has been seven years in development at a cost of over €80 million. In keeping with the theme, the building has been designed to resemble the flow of wine from a bottle, with the exterior looking like a metal decanter. This is further enhanced by images of wine glasses and knotted vines built in to the exterior, which houses 20 themed areas.

La Cité du Vin from La Cité du Vin on Vimeo.

The attractions will include expert tasting sessions, an immersive history course and a panoramic restaurant. From its height of 35 metres on the eighth floor,  The Belvedere is a viewing point that offers 360 degree views of Bordeaux, taking in its city, vineyards and surroundings. Visitors can taste a glass of wine from the very best wine regions of the world – the inhouse wine bar is stocked with over 50 different types of vino.

Visitors are equipped with a ‘travel companion,’ an innovative tool in eight  languages to allow them to explore the exhibition at their own pace. For the opening of La Cité du Vin, the exhibition “Carte blanche à Isabelle Rozenbaum – Photographies de chantier” is included in the admission fee for the permanent tour.

The theme park also offers art galleries and a cosy reading room. Tickets cost €20 per adult, which includes the wine tour, while annual season tickets are available for €48. See more here.