Lonely Planet Writer

Inside the ten storey French wine theme park that just opened in Bordeaux

We knew it was coming, but now the Cité du Vin, or wine theme park, has been officially opened by the President of France, Francois Hollande in Bordeaux, France.

Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppe (R) and French President Francois Hollande (L) raise a toast as French junior minister for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, Matthias Fekl (C) looks on, during the inauguration of the Cite du Vin (Wine Museum) on May 31, 2016 in Bordeaux. New cultural, touristic and architectural symbol of Bordeaux, the Wine Museu wishes to attract 450,000 visitors per year, is set to open on June 1 following its inauguration by Francois Hollande. / AFP / POOL / MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppe (R) and French President Francois Hollande (L) raise a toast as French junior minister for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, Matthias Fekl (C) looks on, during the inauguration of the Cite du Vin (Wine Museum) on May 31, 2016 in Bordeaux. (Photo credit MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

The €80million development on the left bank of the River Garonne is now welcoming members of the public, and tickets cost €20. That includes a glass of vino and a self-guided tour through 20 rooms on ten levels.

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

Various exhibitions beg to be touched, tasted, smelled and interacted with, and visitors will learn all about the culture and history of French fruit of the vine.

People look at bottles of wine as they visit La Cite du Vin (Wine Museum) as it opens its doors to the public in Bordeaux on June 1, 2016. La Cite du Vin opened its doors to the public on June 1. The 13 350 m2 compound offers thematics areas about the history and civilisations of wine around the world with digital and sensory exhibits. / AFP / MEHDI FEDOUACH (Photo credit should read MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
People look at bottles of wine as they visit La Cite du Vin (Wine Museum) as it opens its doors to the public in Bordeaux on June 1, 2016.  (Photo credit MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

The building, shaped like a decanter and designed to mimic the flow of wine pouring from a bottle, dominates the landscape on the river’s banks.

One of the interactive exhibits (MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
One of the interactive exhibits (MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

Its position in the heart of French wine country means it’s likely to attract millions of wine lovers each year.

(MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
(MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

Guests can drink a glass of vin blanc or rouge high up in the building and enjoy spectacular views of the city while they’re at it.

(MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)
(MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

And of course there are restaurants too; the Le 7 restaurant on the seventh floor has a panoramic view of Bordeaux and a 500-strong wine list, and Latitude20 serves snacks and 50 different wines by the glass as well as a cellar list of over 14,000 bottles.