The Domaine de Chevalier also donated a considerable sum. A donation over 100,000 euro came from Joanne Négociants, further 500,000 euro came from the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and from the Vinexpo. Further donations are expected in the next weeks and months. It is expected that 20 percent of the costs can be financed by donations alone.
“The names of all the major donors are listed on a board on the portal of the Wine Culture Center, and they will be given the right to a say in events and exhibitions” Philippe Massol, manager of the center, says. “Depending on the sum donated, the patrons are given auditors to organize events there. We are extremely grateful for the trustfulness and the support, and that we were allowed to unify so big names.”
Patrick Bernard from the Millésima company is happy to participate in this project: “This is the right project in the right city”, Mr. Bernard says. “Bordeaux counts 1.5 million visitors every year, who are attracted by Bordeaux’s worldwide reputation as the capital of wine. Bordeaux is UNESCO world cultural heritage, too, and besides this, the cultural wine center is a further evidence for the city’s ambitions.”
The responsible managers of the wine culture center, which is to be opened in June, 2015, hope to receive over 425,000 visitors every year who can get information and educate themselves from a 15 topic permanent exhibition, along with workshops, tastings and interactive events. An important and economic aspect is, too, the creation of at least 750 jobs and an expected turnover of 40 million a year. (red.yoopress)