La Cité du Vin
One of the city’s newest cultural institutions, Cité du Vin hosts a permanent exhibition that tells the international story of wine across nearly 20 themed display areas. There are also temporary exhibitions dedicated to everything from ancient wine traditions to coveted appellations. Tasting workshops, guided tours, and film screenings are also on offer.
To make your trip to La Cité du Vin simple, book skip-the-line tickets online in advance of your visit. The landmark can also be explored as part of a wine-themed Bordeaux itinerary, and is included in the convenient Bordeaux City Pass scheme.
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Things to Know Before You Go
La Cité du Vin is a major museum, a must-visit for oenophiles, and an architectural highlight of Bordeaux.
During your visit, don’t forget to visit La Cité du Vin’s Belvedere: located on the 8th floor, the bar area also offers 360-degree views from 115 feet (35 meters) up.
One complimentary glass of wine at the Belvedere is included with every ticket.
La Cité du Vin is accessible to visitors with auditory, mental, physical and visual disabilities.
The cultural center also hosts a number of dining and drinking options, including the Latitude20 Wine Cellar, Brasserie, and Coffee Stand, and Le 7 Restaurant.
Large bags are prohibited at the museum, and bag checks are in place at admission.
Audio guides, available in eight languages, are included in the admission price.
How to Get There
La Cité du Vin is located just north of central Bordeaux and overlooks the Garonne River. If using public transportation, take tram line B to La Cité du Vin. The landmark is also served by bus lines 7, 32, and 45. There’s paid parking on site.
When to Get There
La Cité du Vin is open daily from morning until early evening year-round; its hours are extended by an hour during the summer high season and select weekends; note that on-site restaurants and bars may have different opening hours. The venue is closed annually on Christmas Day.
Musée du Vin et du Négoce de Bordeaux
If you consider yourself an oenophile, complement your visit to La Cité du Vin with a trip to one of Bordeaux’s other essential wine destinations: the Musée du Vin et du Négoce (Wine and Trade Museum). Located in central Bordeaux, the museums exhibits artifacts that span more than 2,000 years of winemaking, and offers tastings.
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