The Cognac vineyard is the cradle of the famous brandy of the same name. Discover its winemaking traditions and the historic villages of Cognac and Saintes.
Extending over nearly 75,000 hectares, the Cognac vineyard is the largest white-grape vineyard in Europe. Combining a diversity of soils and a microclimate, it covers almost all of the Charente and the Charente-Maritime districts and combines the influences of the continent and the nearby sea. The Cognac vineyard comprises six high-quality cru grape-growing areas, each reflecting the expression of the soil, the country and the landscape. Around the historic villages of Cognac and Saintes, five wine and tourist routes allow you to explore the richness of the vineyards. Enjoy tasting and cooking courses, the Museum of the Arts of Cognac, great excursions, and introductions to how to tend the grape vines, and complete your trip with visits to the Roman churches, Gallo-Roman relics and chateaux.
Cognac is a fine brandy, produced by a double distillation of white wines, a long maturing period in oak casks, and the blending of brandies of different types and ages. Under the responsibility of the cellar master, the blending process allows for the creation of a cognac unique to each producer. The traditional producers organize numerous themed visits to take you behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious spirits.
1.Celebrate the distillation with the brandy distillers from December to February.
2.Pedal through the vineyards on three local circuits: Cognac, Jarnac and Segonzac.
3.Visit Saintes (Gallo-Romains relics, Roman architecture) and Cognac, the ‘City of Art and History’ where François I was born.