By Melissa Locker
May 27, 2016
La Cite du Vin
Credit: Courtesy of La Cité du Vin

There’s a new museum in Bordeaux that belongs on every wine lover’s bucket list. La Cité du Vin (which translates to “the city of wine”) will open on June 1 in the heart of France’s wine country, Bordeaux, just a few hours drive from Paris—and its focus goes beyond Bordeaux to wine regions all over the world.

The museum is located on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, making the destination even more of a wine lover’s paradise. The building itself is reminiscent of a wine decanter, with curves that evoke liquid being poured into a glass.

The building houses 20 themed areas, a 250-seat auditorium that will show aerial films, expert-led tasting sessions, a visual look at the immersive history of wine, art galleries, and a reading room. For those who prefer a more hands-on approach to learning about wine, there are several restaurants (each with an impressive wine list, of course), and a wine bar stocked with bottles from 80 countries. And don’t even get us started on the gift shop, which is sure to be spectacular.

The museum has been in works for seven years, as developers worked to perfect their wine-themed masterpiece. Now, $91 million later, the park expects to welcome 450,000 wine loving visitors a year.

Tickets will cost around $22 per adult, which includes the cost of a wine tour.

Make the most of your trip to France’s La Cite du Vin by staying at La Grande Maison, one of our best new hotel openings of 2015, and combining it with a visit to the biannual Bordeaux Wine Festival, which takes place from June 23 to 26.