La Cité du Vin
La Cité du Vin
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Speciality MuseumsArchitectural Buildings
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilisations. A must-see experience during any stay in Bordeaux.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,058 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Real Museum of Wine
    One of the best tours on wine you're likely to find worldwide. The most informative and expansive tour on wine seen yet. Headsets provided at the entrance for the audio tour, and then you're off to learning everything possible about wine, its origins, history, uses, types, etc.. So much information, but very interesting. Should plan to take a few hours so you can take your time and enjoy all the displays and exhibits. Great self-guided tour. At the end, there's a tasting on the top floor with 360 views of Bordeaux and the surrounding area. Great way to end the tour. Plus, there's a large wine store on the ground level upon exiting with more choices of wine than one would think possible. Easy to reach via the tram, taxi, or even walking from downtown along the river.
    Visited October 2022
    Written March 17, 2023
  • monika c
    The Hague, The Netherlands188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning architecture
    Citë du Vin is a spectucal building. When visiting Gironde there is little modern architecture, but in Bordeaux this is stunning. The area around this museum is redevelopment like in many other cities like Hamburg and Amsterdam. When you are interested in those developments it is worth the trip. We did not visit the museum itself only admired the outside enjoyed the view of the river. You can get there by tram of with the river shuttle. We took the last and it greatly added to the nice day we had in Bordeaux. A city that has a beautiful old town, justifying a visit of a very, very long day or at least 2 days.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2023
  • opera
    11 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Disappointed by the menu
    My friend from Bordeaux and I had lunch at the Brasserie, Cite du Vin today, we have visited this restaurant three times before over a period of 2 years. Always good food, service and wine, but today the entree, a salade was very cold, out of the fridge, and the main course we chose was confit of turkey (!) I imagine that turkey is less expensive than duck. It was dry and unpleasant. I would have preferred to have paid more for duck, I suppose that they are trying to keep the price down, but it didn't work.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 11, 2023
  • BTS1972
    Munich, Germany3,480 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly professional marketing show with high entrance fee
    The building itself is very interesting and the museum / showroom assembly uses up-to-date presentation technologies. Being part of the Bordeaux city pass, we went here. Otherwise, the rather high entrance fee would have discouraged to go here. While the topic “wine” is interesting, you need to be a real wine fanatic or consider wine to be your religion to find the visit here being worthwhile. It is more marketing than museum. For motivated consumers like us, the relatively long journey and the high price would have scared us away and encouraged us to use our time more efficiently. But the French might think differently. A small glass of wine at the end helped to improve the trip towards la cite.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Smirel
    Thessaloniki, Greece41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most interesting museums I have ever visited
    Probably the most interesting museum I have visited in a long time. You are immersed in the world of wine through a sensory appealing trip. The visitor has the opportunity to watch videos, play interactive games and virtually ask questions to wine connoisseurs. The world of wine making and its cultural, historic and scientific ramifications at its best. You will travel through the most famous wine-making regions of the world and get to know everything about wine. Not to be missed!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, Washington1,613 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice building lots of information about the wine industry with a glass wine at the end
    Our hotel was just across the street from this museum, so it made it easy to visit. We did not book online, just bought tickets at the entrance. Did not wait at all. Got the self guided tour audio in English, that was easy to navigate. Since we have already toured many wineries and know the process of making wine, the visit went a bit faster for us. A lot of interactive opportunities. We really liked the grape stomping crushing exhibit. That was fun. Many visually stimulating displays and videos. We really enjoyed the visit, however, probably say just 2 to 3 hours is plenty of time. At the end, you get a glass of wine of your choice and get to view Bordeaux from the 8th floor. 360 degrees. The Belvedere is decorated with wine bottles for chandeliers. Great view of the Gironde River down below.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 10, 2023
  • HT1
    Cork, Ireland193 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Would certainly include if your visit (tram outside door)
    Modern museum in honour of wine! It's very interactive, high tech, lots of fun and well worth a few hours. Also the food hall opposite (unrelated) will solve a breakfast or lunch. It's not heavy or overly technical. Lots of big screen videos, virtual stomping of grapes! Learn which grape matches your personality. Loved the simulated smells of all the wine notes. Great interactive world map of wine production. Also a virtual celebration of dining with wine throughout a year. It ends with a visit to the roof top and a complimentary glass of wine (actually this was a let down compared to the museum experience). I turned up without a booking or ticket and was through the ticket process in 5 mins. You can book ahead but not sure if any cheaper or necessary.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Peter J
    London, United Kingdom274 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasantly surprised.
    We would'nt normally go to a site such as this but it was included in our city pass so we thought, what the heck. It was a very pleasant surprise, very well organised, well presented and informative. Building itself is very impressive and easy to get to via the tram. Recommended.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Gerald A
    6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome exhibit / pathetic tasting
    Exhibit was an amazing 5/5 experience with excellent visuals and audio covering all aspects of the wine industry (history, geography, sensory, etc). 3 hours and we maybe listened to half the audios. The wine tasting on the 8th floor has great views but it was perhaps two of the worst wines my wife and i have ever tasted (0/5). What a disappointment! Lost opportunity for the various wine regions feature at the tasting.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 3, 2023
  • AdyWilton
    Wilton, United Kingdom92 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see/do.
    A must see/do if you come to Bordeaux, but probably best to do out of season to avoid queues and to be able to really appreciate all of the hands on experiences available. You could easily spend 3-4 hours going through all of the exhibits, although not always in a logical sequence depending on visitor numbers and once you have finished the cafe is good value without rip off pricing. A glass of wine on the 8th floor finishes off a really good value and informative exhibition.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
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MarygDublin_Ireland
Dublin, Ireland153 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Friends
This museum dedicated to wine is an architectural gem.
Situated about 25 minutes from the centre we got an uber to it as we were stuck for time (cost €12) but it's easily accessible by tram or by renting one of the city bikes.
It is possible to do a whistle stop mini tour in about an hour or so, however it's a little confusing trying to navigate at the beginning and to get used to the headset etc and the museum has loads of info, so I would really recommend allowing about 3 hours or more if you're really into wine!
We pre booked and the ticket costing €21 included a complimentary glass of wine (loads to choose from ) of your choice in the rooftop belvedere bar, which has great views all around Bordeaux
Written February 7, 2022
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Takoyaki47
Ogasawara-shoto, Japan933 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Good use of time on a rainy day but...
Audio guide clunky to use at the beginning. Gets easier. But the staff are much less than helpful, everyone instead chatting or looking at their phones.
Welcome presentation on the big screens includes a nod to China. On their website only 81% of funding is accounted for. And there is a lot of support and participation from that part of the world in the ever-difficult wine industry in France and elsewhere... so that's nice to see.
Many of the displays are somewhat interactive and hold ones interest. But many are stretched way too long and go into hypothetical wine history that is unproven, with only flimsy, circumstantial evidence to back it up.
One display is of a globe where countries and regions are ornamented with pictures of items meant to articulate the contributions and attributes of the area. On the map of the USA are a not to Hollywood and the hamburger. I'm happy to receive the credit where it is due, as there are way more burger shops (of low quality, I may add) and McDonald's outlets in Bordeaux per square meter than anywhere I've ever seen, including my native San Francisco.
The wine tasting at the end is quite limited in variety and each person may only try one. So I'm not sure the 20 euro admission and 6 euro parking fee are justified.
Written February 1, 2020
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Lulu-Berg
Manchester, UK178 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I wish I had believed the negative reviews. This place is a complete tourist trap. They give you a miserable headset (that presses so hard on the head that leaves you with a headache) and an audio guide. You go from one useless stand to another and hold your device near the stand. Technology is so bad that if someone is listening to the description you will tune in exactly where they are at and not from the begining! The information is terribly banal. But that's not the worst thing. This place has no social distancing. People are standing shoulder to shoulder. It's horrid. The creme de la creme is a smelling station where you are to remove the mask and smell various things!!! This is like direct ticket to Coronavirus. Shame on the organisers. They should be legally pursued. At the end you have a miserable half a glass of wine. You'd do much better visiting a chateau where you receive much more information and better wine for a fraction of the price. Avoid, Avoid, Avoid... And please, people of the Cité close down if you can't control the Covid security.
Written August 3, 2020
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Dear Michatte, Thank you for visiting, and for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience. We are sorry that the visit did not meet your expectations. The scientific committee’s intention in designing La Cité du Vin was to offer content that would be suitable both for experts and amateurs, even beginners. Visitors are free to visit the different spaces in the order they wish, and at their own pace, according to their interests, knowledge about wine, the time they have available, and how busy the space is. We are sorry that the experience was not optimal for you in this area. Concerning Covid19, visiting conditions at La Cité du Vin have been adapted to take the health context into account and to comply with government recommendations for establishments open to the public : - the number of visitors admitted to La Cité du Vin at the same time has been reduced considerably. The Permanent Tour can welcome up to 400 people at once (instead of 800 in normal circumstances), in an area of 3,000m², and the Belvedere can welcome 67 (instead of 200). - La Cité du Vin is equipped with 25 Air Handling Units (AHU) programmed with priority for over 80% new air and fitted with high-performance filters. The filters were changed before the reopening of the site and special care is given to the cleaning of the filters. - Surfaces and objects that are frequently touched are cleaned several times per day with wipes or cleaning strips containing a surfactant. Touch screens are covered with an anti-bacterial film designed by a French company. Furthermore, each Visit Companion (multi-media device required for the visit) is used only once per day by a single visitor and all devices are cleaned every evening. We hope that you will have the opportunity to come back to La Cité du Vin and make a new impression, Wishing you a lovely day, The team at La Cité du Vin,
Written August 4, 2020
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Bordeaux is a famous winemaking region and the city of Bordeaux has a museum for it. Very close to a tram stop, it should be easy to access from just about anywhere in the city (unless an anti-vax protest shuts down one of the main lines). With unusual architecture (said to evoke the image of swirling wine in a glass) it is easy to spot. As with most museums during our visit, a sanitary pass is required to get in and you will need to wear a mask inside. The exhibits are broken up into various segments and a self-guide audio player is used, by aiming the audio player at the dots on the display, which then activates the audio player in your specific language. This sounds good on paper but the user interface was a little clumsy and left me wanting. Nonetheless, I did increase my knowledge in some areas. Depending upon the ticket you buy (you want permanent exhibits and Belvedere), you now get to go to the top floor and have a glass of wine. With 12+ choices from around the world, you should be able to find something you like. Take your glass of wine out on the balcony and take in the view. Kids won’t have the attention span, this one is for adults only. Recommended
Written October 15, 2021
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Simon B
Oxford, UK79 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
If you are interested in wine, you get at least two hours of "education" and a glass of wine for your 20euro admission. The rare cement De Bordeaux is very good. It's a short tramride from the city centre, apparently also close to the river taxi stop.
Written July 12, 2020
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sunflowerclaire
London, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
The museum was very interactive and very interesting to understand wine and the history of Bordeaux. Really well laid out. I recommend going in the morning or lunchtime as it was nice and quiet when we went but was getting busy when we left around 2.30pm
Written July 24, 2020
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JohnnyGoHoliday
Barnstaple, UK114 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The museum is solely films and interactive things which you go around with your monitor. You touch the monitor to the display and are told something about the wine making history or process. I found it extremely dull. After this you go to the 8th floor for a thimble full of half decent wine. The view is ok. £20 for the pleasure too!
Written March 8, 2020
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Nikki M
Norwich, UK289 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
As others have said, this seems a bit overpriced but it's quite a nice place to visit as the architecture in interesting and you get great view from the top floor when you do the "tasting".
We pre-booked online (I couldn’t get the pdf tickets to download on my phone but luckily, they email them to you as well). There were no queues when we went in December but it might be worth doing in a busy time We wandered up to the first floor where it says there are tasting rooms and a temporary exhibition - but there didn’t seem to be anything going on so we went up another floor and found the main exhibition. It is very clever electronic gadgetry, with headphones and a thing that pics up the Bluetooth recording form each exhibit (it works most of the time). There are lots of little bits on info and quite a few big screens with rolling videos - which the machine quite often latches onto as you go by. It’s pleasant to wander round and there are some informative bits.
At the end you have to go back down to the ground floor to get in a lift back up to the 8th floor for the tasting. This consists of queuing for a glass of wine of your choice (from a list of about 18 international options) and there is a viewing platform outside where you can see across the city. I don’t what the tasting part is like on a busy day, but we found the outside are quite crowded when we tried to walk round.
Written December 8, 2022
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Kong_Ming
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
There are lots of exhibits with multi-experience of sight, smell, touch, etc. to provide a wide-ranging experience to the appreciation of wine and its history. It was a pity that we did not cater enough time to enjoy the museum at a leisurely pace. We had only about 2 hours and it is estimated that you will need about half a day. The choice of wine at the end of the tour was also interesting, with a wide selection of wine from many European countries to choose from.
Written February 1, 2020
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Sarah B
Chelmsford, UK428 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We spent over 4 hours here and left just before closing. You are each issued with an av machine which you point at the various circles. This means that despite wearing earphones a number of presentations are playing in French. 2 of our party came away with headaches. One of the problems with the point and click system was that you would come in part way in a presentation unless you were the first person so you waste a fair bit of time waiting to get back to the beginning. There are a lot of experts to listen to as well as a few stories. There is also an area where you get to choose colours and scent. Although there’s a little explorers area I feel that the museum despite its interactiveness isn’t a hit with children. There is too detailed information and if you don’t learn by listening this isn’t for you. The technology glitched on occasion too so this felt frustrating. It would be better to see the process almost like being on a wine tour. Included in the ticket price is a drink and the views are breathtaking.
Written February 25, 2020
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