As if oenophiles needed more reason to go to Bordeaux, the region is uncorking major new attractions. The 18th-century Château Marquis D’Alesme claims its May reopening will see it become the most tourist-friendly château in the area, with replanted gardens and a gorgeous new main cellar. But it’s best to wait and visit in June following the debut of Cité du Vin, a 3,000-square-meter high-tech museum teaching everything from wine history to how to smell a vintage’s nose. Shaped to mimic wine swirling in a glass, it’s already been nicknamed the Guggenheim of Wine. —Gabrielle Lipton
This article originally appeared in the April/May print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Grape Expectations”).