Instead of Mickey Mouse and friends, guests can interact with actors portraying Churchill, Voltaire, Napoleon, and other historical figures.

Imagine the themed sections, simulated boat rides, multi-sensorial journeys and amazing spectacles you’d expect from Disneyland; now add wine into the picture and what do you get? Only the same elated faces you’d see at the land where dreams come true – except the faces are that of adults. Wine-loving adults.

Oh, and instead of Mickey Mouse and friends, guests can interact with actors portraying Churchill, Voltaire, Napoleon, and other historical figures about their favorite vino.

That is a glimpse of La Cité du Vin, also known as the City of Wine – the world’s first wine “theme park” (read: new generation museum) that offers an immersive, sensorial approach of wine and culture.

Where can you find it? In France’s most famous and historical wine city, of course: Bordeaux.

Opened in June 2016, the museum cost $92 million to develop, spanning over 13,350m2 across ten levels. The building’s iconic architecture symbolises the knotted vine stocks, wine turning in the glass, and the swirls and eddies of the Garonne river – evoking the very essence of wine.

It features 20 themed spaces and exhibits, vineyard tours by road and river, cultural workshops, as well as multiple dining venues with accompanying wine cellars. At the heart of the museum is the Permanent Tour – a journey through time and space to discover wine in its universal, heritage, civilisational and cultural dimensions.

See the gallery below for a virtual tour inside (swipe left for more).

For more information, log on to the official website here.

Images: Courtesy of La Cite du Vin

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