Six years after Bordeaux opened its Cité du Vin beside the Garonne River in 2016 as a monument to the importance of wine tourism, Burgundy is on schedule to debut its own version by early 2022. However, Burgundy, although late to the tourism table, will be “two-upping” Bordeaux in magnitude. It is building its Cité des Vins et des Climats de Bourgogne in three venues — Beaune, Mâcon and Chablis.
“Work will begin by mid-2020 and the project team still aims at opening the Cités between the end of 2021 and mid-2022, probably with Chablis as the pilot project,” says Olivier Le Roy, appointed in July of last year by the Burgundy Wine Board (BIVB) as director of the cities project. “As with all big projects, surprises await at every street corner.”