Porto exhibition: Douro, from the air to the ground to the waterfront

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the twinning of Bordeaux and Porto, the Cité du Vin invites you to discover the Haut-Douro valley, the wine-growing land where the famous Port wine was born. With this new temporary exhibition “Vignoble Invité”, the Cité du Vin has teamed up with the city of Porto and the Foundation for Wine Culture and Civilisations to introduce you to a somewhat unique vineyard. From October 5, 2018 to January 6, 2019, the Porto exhibition will take you to Portugal.


Douro: a vineyard with an unusual landscape

Located in the northwest of Portugal, the Haut-Douro wine region takes its name from the river that crosses the hills and mountains of the territory. With the river’s source in Spain, the Douro is nearly 900 km long! It crosses Portugal for about 200 km and finally flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the level of the Porto estuary.

The Porto exhibition showcases the sublime landscapes that border the vineyards, all with a touch of modernity. The curators of the exhibition Nuno Faria and Eglantina Monteiro also want to show the social and political differences that exist in the same territory. On one side, the rural region of the Haut-Douro and on the other, Porto, a trading city where Port wine is transported.

This wine-growing region was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 because of its exceptional variety. During the visit, you will discover the heterogeneous landscapes of the region, the Douro river surrounded by vineyards, valleys and mountains.


Porto exhibition: in the footsteps of the famous wine

The Upper Douro Valley is not a wine-growing region like any other since it has given birth to the famous Port wine. This Portuguese nectar has been produced since ancient times on the rocky lands of the Upper Douro. These days 26,000 hectares are devoted to its production.

It has been called “Port Wine” since the 17th century and is one of the very first appellations of controlled origin. During the visit, you will experience a unique sensory and sound experience through various events and workshops. You will also enjoy a commented tasting of Porto.

Practical Information


La Cité du Vin 134 – 150 quai de Bacalan – 33000 Bordeaux
Phone : +33 (0)5 56 16 20 20

Opening Hours:

Everyday from 10h00 to 18h00 until 6 January 2019
Open until 19h00 on weekends, Bank Holidays and School Holidays until 6 January 2019
Closed at 16h00 on 24 December 2018
Closed 25 December 2018
Average visit duration: 1h30


Free for members
Ticket for exhibition: 4 €
Ticket for permanent exhibition, view and tasting as well as temporary exhibition: 20 €

Exhibition accessible to people with reduced mobility

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+