The second largest wine museum in the world will open in 2024 in Beijing

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A joint project between the Cité du Vin de Bordeaux and China, the gigantic Universal Wine Museum in Beijing will open its doors to the public in 2024.

Credit: Architecture-Studio – The design of the museum is inspired by the village of Saint-Émilion

The Universal Wine Museum is not intended to serve as a replica of the Cité du Vin de Bordeaux, its elder, but as a space adapted to Chinese culture and habits.

Like Philippe Massol, general manager of the Cité du Vin, Told actuBordeaux, “In Bordeaux, although our customers come from all over the world, a large number of them are French, and have a wine culture different from that of the Chinese.”

The layout will see a museum that is less “technical” in its approach, while retaining its links with the Cité du Vin de Bordeaux.

“We want to build lasting links, exhibitions, workshops, conferences that could be given here and broadcast there,” said Massol.

The Universal Wine Museum will span some 18,000 m² upon completion, making it the second largest wine museum in the world.

“The works have started and the construction schedule foresees the end of the major works in December 2023, with an opening which we hope in May 2024, if there are no unforeseen events”, Jean-Marc Menant, director of the project.

According to the plans, 3500 m² of space will be used for permanent exhibitions; the titles “from vine to wine”, “the history of wine”, “wine in the world”, “wines and essences” and “the art of living wines”.

A vast space has been reserved for the sale of wines, while a 450-seat amphitheater will host educational conferences.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, and the Universal Wine Museum is expected to open in 2024.

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