BY GABRIELLE

The wine-loving nation France has taken its enthusiasm for its favourite beverage to new heights with the opening of its first wine theme park.

Located in one of the country’s principle wine-growing hubs, Bordeaux, La Cite du Vin – City of Wine –  is a huge museum and themed park dedicated to wine.

Visitors can immerse themselves in the country’s long and colourful heritage of wine producing. Local experts at the wine theme park give talks and presentations, alongside wine tours. Guests can also enjoy wine tasting sessions.

A well-stocked wine bar comprises of a vast array of more than 50 different wines, with 14,000 bottles from 80 wine producing countries.

The new themed park provides visitors with simulated tours around Europe with special effects, where they can learn about the industry’s history in Europe.

One landmark feature of the park is The Belvedere, a 35-metre high tower that offers panoramic views of the park below and surrounding landscape. Wine tasting sessions are available from the top of the tower.

Another key highlight of the City of Wine is the Wine Culture Library.

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