THE new feature: the Cité du vin, a major centre for wines of the world
This is a major new feature, the talk of the town for years. It opened on 1 June 2016, just before the edition of Bordeaux fête le wine. It has already become an emblematic monument in the city.
The Cité du vin takes a look at all civilisations with an interest in wine, exploring its universal, cultural and symbolic dimensions. It offers an immersive experience, part theme park part museum.
The permanent exhibition features 20 highly edutaining themes, often with an interactive element. There are also tasting workshops, temporary exhibitions, an auditorium and, topping the lot, a belvedere and a panoramic restaurant with unique views of the Port de la lune.
What not to miss right now: the original temporary exhibition « Bistrot ! de Beaudelaire à Picasso » until 21st June 2017. A hundred works combining painting, photography, cinema and literature.
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+++ Not forgetting… more new features
5 new suggestions for you: The « croisière & visite de la Cité du Vin » pass (cruise and visit to the Cité du Vin) + Bordeaux & Saint-Émilion, grands crus classés + Give yourself a delightful break at the Marquis d’Alesme château in Margaux and discover its wonderfully renovated wine cellar + Women’s Médoc / female wine grower excursion + See the grape harvest in Bordeaux, Blaye and Bourg on 23rd and 30th September 2017.
In vogue: the vineyards from the river
The Cité du vin sits on the banks of the Garonne, what’s more it has a pier, so you can arrive on boat then sail away again to explore the vineyards.
There are a host of river cruise ideas starting in Bordeaux.
You can spend a few hours on the river enjoying pre-dinner drinks, or take several days to sail through Médoc, Sauternes côtes de Bourg and Graves country.
Alternatively there are cruises starting in Pauillac, Bourg and Blaye, or Entre-deux-Mers with tours of wine-growing estates. Some even go as far as Bergerac in Dordogne.
Get an eyeful of modern winehouse architecture!
Art and wine go well together. Art and wine go well together. Many châteaux house art exhibitions and concerts. And several estates have entrusted the design of their new winehouses to major architects. To name but the latest:
3 châteaux in Saint-Emilion: Jean Nouvel for La Dominique – www.chateau-ladominique.com ; Christian de Portzamparc in Cheval Blanc – www.chateau-cheval-blanc.com and Mario Botta at Château Faugères – www.chateau-faugeres.com.
Médoc is getting in on the act too: Leoh Ming Pei designed the Lynch-Bages winehouse in Pauillac – www.chateau-lynch-bages and the Lord Foster of Thames Bank at Château Margaux – www.chateau-margaux.com
And we finish a few kilometres from the city centre of Bordeaux, at the château of Les Carmes – Haut-Brion (appellation pessac-léognan) – www.les-carmes-haut-brion.com
Musical vines: 4 festival suggestions for this summer
Exceptional places for great moments of harmony…
- Les Grandes Heures in Saint-Émilion
- Les Estivales de musique in Médoc
- Les Grands crus musicaux 14th International Music Festival
- Graves Music Festival: In music capitals
+++ Not forgetting… Lacommande Thursdays – When wine-growers on the Jurançon wine route gear up for the weekend: every Thursday evening throughout the summer.
Wine is not just in Bordeaux
Our dedicated bordeaux-aquitaine-wine-trip website takes you to explore 15 vineyards in the region, from Monbazillac in Périgord to Pau and Jurançon in Béarn. And now that our region has joined forces with others, we can also include the vineyards in Cognac, Charente!
There’s also a bordeaux-aquitaine-wine-trip app to be downloaded on iPhone and Android featuring sites to be visited, information offices and entertainment.
Flash this QR-code to download the bordeaux-aquitaine-wine-trip app:
Excursion idea: In the Arcachon Basin, what would you say to a wine tasting cruise with EnVin? For 1 to 10 people, a special experience in a world apart…
Labels… « The Best »
While not all good wine has a special label, the various labels can help to choose good wine.
Then there’s the Best of Wine Tourism label, recapping all the major wine capitals worldwide, with an award for the best wine tourism châteaux.
Regional winners get to compete in the international Best of Wine Tourism contest. In 2017 the discovery of the vineyard by bike by the Marquis de Terme château was recognised.