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La Cité du Vin, a world of cultures

La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural centre dedicated to the universal, living heritage of wine. It offers a spectacular journey around the world, throughout the ages, across countless cultures and civilisations.

La Cité du Vin is included in the Bordeaux CityPass! To enjoy free access to both the permanent exhibition and the belvedere for a wine tasting, the CityPass must be validated at the ticket office of the Cité du Vin absolutely before noon. Additional charge of €5 for entry after 12 pm (to be paid on site).

La Cité du Vin is the only cultural center in the world offering this approach to wine to a wide audience. It is a place accessible to as many people as possible and open to all: people with disabilities, families, international tourists (trilingual signage and hand-held guide available in eight languages).


The immersive, sensory and interactive permanent exhibition:

  • A 13,350 m² space split over 10 levels, from toroid to tower
  • The curve of the exterior is also reflected in the interior volumes, spaces and materials
  • A feeling of movement and uninterrupted flow from the inside to the outside of the building
  • The wooden arch of the structure is reminiscent of the frame of a boat and resembles a huge nave
  • A tower 55 metres high
  • Controlled environmental impact
©Anaka XTU architects
©Anaka XTU architects


A scenographer’s aim is to make a visit as enjoyable as possible, transforming it into a true moment of discovery and experience. The clearer, more informative and intuitive the installation, the more ‘memorable’ it will remain. Each element of the exhibition therefore needs to become a joy; the joy of watching, understanding and also sharing. For a visit to be enjoyable it must be nuanced, with varying rhythms, intensity and elevation.

  • 3,000 m² containing more than 20 thematic modules
  • A visit lasting around two and three hours
  • 4 thematic tours lasting one hour
  • A tour available in eight languages
  • Over 10 hours of visit content through more than 120
  • Audiovisual productions
  • Nearly 100 experts and specialists interviewed to create content
  • A visit lasting around two hours
  • The individual hand-held guide: a truly innovative tool enabling
  • Personal discovery of the permanent tour
Alban Gilbert
Alban Gilbert


Temporary exhibitions: the hall of columns, nearly 700 m² in size, is designed to host temporary exhibition. It will display works of art from the greatest museums across the globe.

  • The 35-metre-high belvedere offers a unique way to taste the wines of the world with a panoramic view of Bordeaux and the surrounding area.
  • 250-seater auditorium for performances and concerts, screenings, conferences and debates
  • Three tasting areas including an immersive multi-sensory space, and educational workshops for young audiences.
  • A reading room accessible free of charge, offering a very wide
  • range of materials of all kinds related to the world of wine.
  • The 250m² boutique concept store is a modern, stylish space open to all, offering a selection of objects, books, limited edition items, gifts and souvenirs related to the world of wine to treat yourself or someone else.
  • Three different food areas: the panoramic restaurant on the seventh floor and Latitude20.
  • The Wine Routes information area on the ground floor to find out about and book a visit to vineyards in Bordeaux or elsewhere.

©Anaka   XTU architects
©Anaka XTU architects


La Cité du Vin is a place to see, visit and experience!

Dégustation sur le belvédère de la Cité du Vin
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© ANAKA_Anaka XTU architects La Cité du Vin
© Axelferis XTU architects
© Teddy Verneuil - @lezbroz

Bordeaux City Pass

Available in 24, 48 or 72 consecutive hours, this is the essential pass to fully enjoy your stay in Bordeaux! The City Pass includes access to the Cité du Vin as well as 11 museums and exhibition sites.


Pratical information

Open days

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  • From January 6 to April 3, 2020: Open daily from 10.00am to 6.00pm.
  • From April 4 to August 30, 2020: Open daily from 10.00am to 7.00pm
  • From August 31, 2020 to January 3, 2021: From Monday to Friday excluding school holidays: open from 10.00am to 6.00pm. Weekends, bank holidays and school holidays: open from 10.00am to 7.00pm. Closing on December 25.

Single tickets, passes, season tickets: La Cité du Vin offers a full and diverse range of prices to allow you to enjoy the experience in exactly the way you want.

How to get there

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134 Quai de Bacalan, 33300 Bordeaux


A 90-metre pontoon on the banks of the Garonne allows boaters to dock as close as possible to La Cité du Vin. The Bat3, an urban river shuttle, also calls at this pontoon.