The Citédu Vin in Bordeaux was inaugurated yesterday by François Hollande, and even though there was a lot of talk about blockades, demonstrations and traffic jams because of the politicians' travel, all the press is unanimous: the Cité du Vin is now the new cultural, tourist and architectural emblem of Bordeaux. Wine reigns supreme in Bordeaux. Here is a review of the press articles about this building which promises an immersive journey into the world of wine.
Le Monde delivers a series of magnificent images on the architecture and scenography of the building, entrusted to the Parisian agency XTU and the British agency Casson Mann. The result: 3 years of work, for a total cost of 81 million euros (of which 49 million were devoted to the construction and scenographic design).
Jean-Pierre Stahl of CôtéChâteaux focused on the scenographic part of the Cité du Vin. Guided tour of the 3,000m2 permanent tour between a ship room retracing the history of the maritime wine trade, a gallery of civilizations, a buffet of the 5 senses and a meeting with 50 winegrowers from 10 wine-producing regions in the world... In short, everything is done for a journey of the senses in the world of wine!
For the inauguration day of the Cité du Vin, France 3 Aquitaine set up cameras to follow the evolution of the shapes, colours and movements of the light on the building. It was magical!
If the Cité du vin has a political dimension, it is because this new building intends to affirm the place of the Bordeaux vineyards and the Aquitaine capital as the centre of world wine production. GEORGES GOBET / AFP
If the Cité du Vin has a political dimension, it is because this new building intends to assert the place of the Bordeaux vineyards and the Aquitaine capital as the centre of world viticulture. This function was already recognized but had no concrete existence: no wine exchange, no historical museum and few tasting places to welcome visitors. "Bordeaux is not the only wine-producing region in the world, but it is surely the largest among the most prestigious vineyards and the most famous name for a wine.It's the most famous name for a wine," explains Didier Arino, the director of the Protourisme firm, which advised the city at the start of the project in 1999. All our research concluded that it was necessary to create a place open to the general public, 365 days a year.
Les Grappes offers many activities and tastings at the winegrowers of Bordeaux