You can already argue that France is one huge wine amusement park. From Provence to Alsace, and pretty much everywhere in between, you can throw a rock and hit a decent vineyard (there are 27,000 wineries in la mère-patrie).
And if that weren't enough, France's passion for wine will soon be synthesized and condensed into one physical location known as the "La Cité du Vin", or City of Wine, slated to open on June 1.
Located in Bordeaux, arguably the most famous of France's wine-growing regions, the City of Wine will be a wine theme park of sorts, dedicated to the "universal, living heritage of wine" and promises to offer "a spectacular journey around the world, throughout the ages, across countless cultures and civilizations." It will even be shaped like wine.
Parisian architecture firm XTU opted for a design which mimics both the swirl of wine in a wine glass and the coil of a grapevine. The lavish building is intended to capture "the spirit of wine and its fluid essence: 'a seamless curve, intangible and sensual,'" according to the City of Wine.
But the spirit of wine is not just aesthetic; it's inside the glass. Needless to say, there will be ample opportunities for visitors to get their buzz on. La Cité du Vin will feature three separate tasting areas, three different food rooms, and a "Five Senses" buffet which will smash together colours, images, flavours and aromas, all in the name of appreciating wine.
The City of Wine came with a 81 million euro price tag and took almost seven years to build, but is expected to bring in 450,000 visitors and 38 million euros in job creation and tourism every year.
A ten-story wine shrine sounds like a fucking good idea to us, if you'll excuse our French.