The Cité du Vin is nearing fruition and opens its doors to the public Wednesday 1st June.

With its original concept and evocative architectural design sited on the quays of the river Garonne at the heart of Bordeaux, the “Cité » has a clear mission:  to make the living and universal heritage of wine accessible to the broadest possible audience by offering a fresh, innovative perspective.

As a proud Builder Patron, Dourthe is keen to reaffirm its full backing of the official opening of the Cité du Vin, which is set to become a landmark of the future for wines from France and around the world.


In 2009, the Cité du Vin became reality. Backed by various Bordeaux representatives, Alain Juppé, the mayor of Bordeaux, successfully convinced officials from both the public and private sectors of the huge potential of the project. Partly financed by private backers, he raised the required 81 million euros – including 15 million from the private sector and the remainder from public funding.

At the same time, architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières won a public tender to bring the project to life. Five years after its launch, foundations were laid in Bordeaux’s Bassins à flot district.

As the months passed, the building began to take shape. By the end of 2015, the exterior was complete. Local residents and tourists marvelled at the structure: what could such an enigmatic form possibly represent? – a gnarled vine maybe, the swirl of wine in a glass, a decanter or even the wash of the Garonne River. Aside from its original exterior shell, the Cité has plenty of surprises in store for those who venture within…

“The Cité du Vin: a destination to experience, visit and discover”

The Cité du Vin is naturally a place for exchange, shared experiences and encounters all on the theme of wine and wine civilisations around the world. On display in this vast 13,350m2 space that makes up the Cité, are as many as 12,000 bottles of wine from around the globe.

Throughout the tour, the story of wine unfurls through the centuries, drawing visitors into to its rich imagination. The tour culminates at the top of the 35m tower which affords views of the city of Bordeaux and beyond to its vineyards.

In addition to the permanent exhibition, Cité du Vin also offers an exciting programme of unique events. A veritable hub of temporary exhibitions, shows and events, each visit will provide a one-of-a-kind experience.

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Dourthe has backed the project from the very outset as proud “Builder Patron”has contributed to the building and development of the world’s first cultural facility devoted to wine heritage and open to the public.

In addition, two of Dourthe’s estates, Château Belgrave Grand Cru Classé Haut Médoc and Château Rahoul in Graves, have also supported the project through their membership of the Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux, and proud “Builder of Honour Patron” of the Cité.

DOURTHE has a long history of promoting Bordeaux throughout the world through its continued innovation, hard work and the consistent quality of its wines, and has found a natural fit in this project which promotes its own core values: man’s passion for good wine and the diversity of terroirs.