Discover Cognac Country: From Vine to Glass

Travel off the beaten path to Cognac country, one of the largest wine regions in all of France — only second to Bordeaux. Despite being home to one of the most popular of all brandies, it’s not as frequented by tourists. But it’s worth the journey; spread across six vineyard growth areas, known as ‘crus,’ there are 79,000 hectares of beautiful vineyards, and to be considered a true cognac, the grapes have to be grown in one of these six areas.

Situated just three hours by train from Paris, the region is home to not only the brandy, but it’s namesake, a quaint and historic town which was the birthplace to King Francois I. The region is also home to a number of famous trading houses — four of which are responsible for 80% of worldwide cognac sales — and museums, some of which you’ll visit — along with the vineyards and distillers — on this unique 4-day tour of the area.

With so many distillers spread across this southwestern region of France, it’s important to have a guide to get an inside view into this fascinating world of cognac. Your guide is incredibly knowledgeable on this world-famous spirit, as he’s a Certified Cognac Educator. He first learned about distilling calvados — up in Normandy — from his grandmother, and continued his education in far-flung locations like Southeast Asia, and as close by as his neighbors, who were distillers too.

Experience the region of Cognac with your English-speaking guide and Certified Cognac Educator who will take you to several wine estates — some hidden among the many vineyards — as well as wine cellars, distilleries, and trading houses, some of which aren’t open to the public. Visits will provide an inside peek into the making of cognac with the local artisans, from the vine to the glass. And all of this is capped with plenty of cognac tastings, the perfect way to experience the ‘liquor of the gods,’ as French writer Victor Hugo once referred to cognac.

Discover Cognac Country: From Vine to Glass

Travel off the beaten path to Cognac country, one of the largest wine regions in all of France — only second to Bordeaux. Despite being home to one of the most popular of all brandies, it’s not as frequented by tourists. But it’s worth the journey; spread across six vineyard growth areas, known as ‘crus,’ there are 79,000 hectares of beautiful vineyards, and to be considered a true cognac, the grapes have to be grown in one of these six areas.

Situated just three hours by train from Paris, the region is home to not only the brandy, but it’s namesake, a quaint and historic town which was the birthplace to King Francois I. The region is also home to a number of famous trading houses — four of which are responsible for 80% of worldwide cognac sales — and museums, some of which you’ll visit — along with the vineyards and distillers — on this unique 4-day tour of the area.

With so many distillers spread across this southwestern region of France, it’s important to have a guide to get an inside view into this fascinating world of cognac. Your guide is incredibly knowledgeable on this world-famous spirit, as he’s a Certified Cognac Educator. He first learned about distilling calvados — up in Normandy — from his grandmother, and continued his education in far-flung locations like Southeast Asia, and as close by as his neighbors, who were distillers too.

Experience the region of Cognac with your English-speaking guide and Certified Cognac Educator who will take you to several wine estates — some hidden among the many vineyards — as well as wine cellars, distilleries, and trading houses, some of which aren’t open to the public. Visits will provide an inside peek into the making of cognac with the local artisans, from the vine to the glass. And all of this is capped with plenty of cognac tastings, the perfect way to experience the ‘liquor of the gods,’ as French writer Victor Hugo once referred to cognac.


Trip Details

  • This itinerary does not feature any cooking classes but does include 11 cognac visits, among them a master class.


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