Welcome to Wine World.
Ditch Mickey for Merlot at this theme park for grown-ups.
La Cité du Vin — which translates to “the city of wine” — has just opened in Bordeaux, one of the most famous wine-making regions of France.
The 10-storey attraction boasts 20 high-tech wine-themed multimedia installations; a 250-seat auditorium for screenings, classes and expert-led tasting sessions; and a library stocked with 1,200 works about wine in five different languages.
You won’t find any rollercoasters here (and, if you think about it, that’s probably a good thing), but there is a boat ride that will show you what it was like to be a sea merchant, sailing across the globe selling wine.
The $80 million attraction is housed in a visually stunning building designed by architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières to be a “space shaped by symbols of identity: gnarled vine stock, wine swirling in a glass… Every detail of the architecture evokes wine’s soul and liquid nature.”
Naturally, the venue is also home to a rather large gift shop, stocking over 800 wines from more than 80 countries — essentially, everywhere wine is made — and a panoramic tasting area at the top of the tower with 360 degree views of Bordeaux.
La Cité du Vin is open now, and tickets cost just $22 — but unfortunately, that doesn’t include a plane ticket.
If you’ve been considering a trip to France, though, this could just be the perfect excuse you’ve been looking for.