Bordeaux is the heart of France’s wine country, and it’s a fitting location for the state-of-the-art Cité du Vin – an immersive tribute to history and science of the region’s favorite beverage.

Before you step inside, you’ll first be wowed by the building’s stunning architecture. Designed by the Parisian firm XTU Architects, the contemporary glass and steel structure resembles a swirling wine glass.

Once in the museum you’ll find a variety of fascinating exhibits. Learn about the history of grape cultivation as well as every step of the wine-making process, with interactive stations that allow you to explore the science first-hand.

And of course, no visit would be complete without a tasting. There’s a rooftop wine bar as well as a boutique stocked with 14,000 bottles from 80 countries.

The museum suggests to plan at least 2 hours for your visit – but it wouldn’t be hard to spend the whole day here.

If you’re a wine lover, a great way to see the region is with Viking Cruises. Their 7-night Châteaux, Rivers, & Wine itinerary takes you at a leisurely pace through quaint towns and beautiful vineyards. For more details, see your Stellar Travel advisor.


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