Did you know?
On one side of the coin are the major houses of Cognac as famous as Hennessy, Remy Martin, Martell, Courvoisier... 15 houses represent 96% of the sales of Cognac in the world, and 80% for the 4 major ones. These companies own no more than 5% of the vineyards and distilleries...
On the other side of the coin are 4000 wine growers / distillers of Cognac. They own 95% of the vineyard. A few of them market their production by themselves. They represent less than 4% of the cognac market, but that is where treasures can be found: cognacs over 40 years old, with a real personality and very well ranked during blind tastings...
But where the hell do they lie? Eh eh...
Let us take you to the real Cognac country, meeting passionate people who have been running their family owned estate for generations. They are vine growers, distillers, suppliers of major Cognac houses, and direct sellers of their own production at the same time.
Visit a Cognac property and taste their "magnifique eau-de-vie" with the company of the owner is an unforgettable experience.
En route for a day discovering both sides of the most prestigious spirit country in the world.
- Leave Bordeaux at 9:30am (recommended time - can be amended according to your wishes).The drive to the heart of the vineyards of Cognac is around 1,5 hour.
This tour can also start directly from Cognac or from Angoulème which is the nearest TGV train station.
- Visit of 2 properties: one major Cognac house, where you will feel the prestige and the talent for marketing great brands of Cognac, renowned and consumed all around the world. And one family-run estate full of authenticity. There you will be hosted by the family like a guest, and you will discover the intimacy of a real Cognac production house. Taste the spirits of the property.
- Several stops in the vineyards to understand cognac « from the vine to the glass », main differences with making wines to be drunk, the local history and architecture, beautiful sceneries
- Visit at a cooperage (on week days, excl. Saturdays, Sundays and month of August - replaced by the visit of a 2nd family-owned property)
(Lunch is not included, we can offer different option from 30€/person)