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Private Tour: The Cognac; a Luxury and Terroir Product

Private Tour: The Cognac; a Luxury and Terroir Product

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You will visit a famous Cognac house and explore a Cognac vineyard and see a cooperage. You also meet a craft distiller and sample some of his family's cognacs. You will be escorted by a certified cognac expert-guide who is also your driver.

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Duration 9 hours
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English, French
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit a famous Cognac house (Rémy Martin, Martell ...) with a tasting at the end of the visit
  • See a traditional barrel factory/cooperage under operation
  • Meet a craft distiller who will introduce you to the secrets of cognac production and of the organization of the Cognac industry
  • Sample some of the family's old cognacs
  • Explore the beautiful landscape of the vineyards of Cognac in the Grande Champagne region and meet the people who produce cognacs
  • Knowledgeable guide, a certified "Cognac Educator", is independent from any brand or producer
Full description
This 8-hour tour takes you from your accommodation in Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, Angoulême or Saintes, for an immersion into the discreet world of Cognac with its famous brands, craft cognac producers and their side businesses. You will tour with an English speaking "Cognac Educator", certified by the "Cognac Interprofession Association - BNIC", who will take you from the vine to the glass, through the rich history of this region whose marks can still be seen in the architecture and scenery. You will visit a famous Cognac brand where you are explained the various stages involved in producing a cognac, and then taste some of the products with a explanation on how to taste a cognac, and how to pair it with some food. You will meet local people and craft distillers, whose families have produced Cognacs for generations. They will welcome you to their estate and distillery, disclose some local secrets, and let you taste some of their family's production. Thus, you will be able to touch on the meaning of "give time to time". By visiting this family estate, you will understand the different philosophies leading the production of cognac. Also, you will visit a traditional cooperage. This visit is only available on week days, as the barrel factory is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, French public holidays, and August holidays. You will have your lunch at a typical restaurant popular with the local people, and enjoy a delicious meal with local drinks and a moment of French lifestyle. This tour is also an opportunity to discover Romanesque churches and enjoy the typical scenery of a terroir considered by many as the “French Tuscany”.
Includes
  • Visit to a famous Cognac house (Rémy Martin, Martell) ending by a tasting
  • Visit of a craft distillery producing single estate Cognacs
  • Tastings of products
  • Commented visit of a cooperage under operation, producing barrels for both Cognac and wine estates
  • English-speaking local guide, certified "Cognac Educator"
  • Transportation with pick-up at your accommodation or at the Tourism Office of Bordeaux, Saint-Emilion, Angoulême, or Saintes
  • Lunch at the typical restaurant in the vineyard (suggestion by your guide)
  • Personal purchases and souvenirs
  • Personal insurance
Not suitable for
  • Children under 18 years
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts, or a negative rapid test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

TGV train station of Angoulême. This train station is on the way from Paris to Bordeaux, with a 1-hour trip to Bordeaux and 2 hours from Paris in a high speed train

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What to bring

  • ID card, copy accepted

Not allowed

  • Shorts

Know before you go

  • Private excursion for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8 people
  • Free pick-up at any downtown hotel
  • In August, the visit of the cooperage does not take place, and this is replaced by a visit elsewhere
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 2 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    5/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Excellent education on the world of Cognac!

This was a great overview on everything about Cognac, taught by a knowledgeable connoisseur and college educator. It covered every aspect of the making of Cognac from weather and soils, grape varieties, wine making, distillation, aging, and blending. I learned a LOT in just one day. Our guide (Jean Luc) explained every aspect of the process and patiently answered our questions. We toured the general area as well as the town itself with stops at Remi Martin and a small craft distiller. It was both fun and informative. Oh, and lunch was great too! If you are interested in Cognac, I highly recommend this.

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18 September 2017

14 October 2017

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