The Bar à Vin is located on the ground floor of the Maison du Vin de Bordeaux, the headquarters of the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Wine Council). The 18th Century building, known as the Hôtel Gobineau, makes reference to the city’s role as a port, with lines that recall a ship’s prow.
Inaugurated in June 2006, the Bar à Vin was entirely designed and renovated by the architect Françoise Bousquet, combining a neoclassical architecture with contemporary furniture. The clean lines and noble materials evoke the wine-making world.
Artwork from the fifties present vineyard tasks in all their glory: an Aubusson tapestry with a vineyard theme, commissioned from Marc Saint-Saëns, and two stained-glass windows by René Buthaud, representing Apollo standing triumphant among Bordeaux grape harvesters and an allegory of the Garonne river.
The interior offers a choice of seating areas: low tables and cosy armchairs; spaced out oak tables and chairs for a more intimate atmosphere; a bistro style bar and high chairs or, for the summer, a sunny terrace with a view of the Grand Théâtre.