COGNAC - A small city situated in the department of Charente part of Poitou-Charentes, now in the newly formed region Nouvelle Aquitaine in the South West of France. The department derives its name from the River La Charente, which together with the special terroir is vital to the success of this magnificent area of vineyards.
COGNAC is the name permitted to be used for brandy of this region if produced from the following 6 growing areas or Cru, namely Grande Champagne (also referred to as 1st Cru, Grande Fine Champagne), Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bons Bois and some from Bois Ordinaires et Bois Communs. The highly acclaimed Grande Champagne growth area has soil of chalk & clay, which is the same soil type as that of the famous Champagne producing area further north in France.
So all Cognac is brandy but not all brandy is Cognac, and in order to make Cognac you first have to make wine!
The town of Cognac is twinned with Denison Texas USA, Perth Scotland UK, Valdepenas Spain and Konigswinter Germany.
K E Y I N F O R M A T I O N
Cognacwinetours.com for escorted tailor made tours to discover how Cognac and Pineau is made. Visits include tastings of Cognac & Pineau at highly respected producers. Beyond Cognac we visit the wonderful wine regions of Bergerac in the south west and Saint Emilion in the region of Bordeaux. We are not 'travel agents' so do not undertake travel to France or accommodation arrangements.
All tour booking requests receive personal attention from the planning stage right through to escorting you on the day of your tour. Your organisers live in the wonderful Cognac area of vines in the Department of Charente in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region of France.
The aim is to provide you with an enjoyable informal tour which you will find both interesting and informative. We therefore suggest your itinerary includes a visit to at least one independent producer who will delight in sharing years of knowledge and demonstrating the process involved in producing both Cognac and Pineau. These very enjoyable exclusive visits are conducted at a relaxed pace and are extremely informative with the opportunity to ask questions as well as having the pleasure of tasting excellent Cognac & Pineau.
When - 1st April to 31st October.
Enquiries & Bookings all year Monday-Saturday. We work on Central European Time.
November to end of March just email us your request. Regretfully No tailored tours Sundays during winter months and please note the choice of venues is limited on Saturdays during this period.
Prices & Payment
Take the first step to visit Cognac - send us your enquiry to discover and enjoy what this area of France has to offer. Upon receipt of all details we will suggest a tour itinerary with cost. There is always a degree of flexibility to make adjustments to some of the content of your itinerary before proceeding to book.
Prices All our Cognac tours are exclusively tailored to individual requirements therefore prices vary according to content of itinerary, but any ticketed venues visited are as per the venue's own terms and tariff. Prices and payments are in Euros.
Tour bookings and payments are in advance of tour date only. Some ticketed venue visits may be payable on the day of your tour but this will be stated on your booking request form if applicable.
Lunch period is your free time to explore the town and enjoy local cuisine. We drop of at your chosen restaurant or centre of town.