The beautiful, historic city of Cognac is also home to its namesake, one of France’s iconic digestif. Cognac is a fine brandy made in the region of Poitou-Charentes. This peaceful and scenic part of France is a treasure trove of Romanesque churches, historic villages, and charming riverside mills. Cognac town abounds with world-famous distilleries, the majority dating back to the 1700s. Maison Hennessy, Rémy-Martin, Martell, Maison Camus, Château Royal de Cognac (Cognac Baron Otard), and Cognac Meukow are all mythical houses you can visit here. Further afield in quaint Jarnac just east of Cognac town, you have great cognac producers like Courvoisier, Hine, and Delamain, all offering unique experiences for Cognac lovers.
You will learn all about the fascinating distillation and aging techniques (VS Cognac, VSOP Cognac, XO Cognac, Napoléon Cognac, Réserve Cognac, and much more), sprinkled with anecdotes and history on this private, luxury tour. Visit prestigious producers and their beautiful cellars, including one in a castle; enjoy a gastronomic lunch with wine and cognac flights, and you will even fit in a cultural component in Ancient Romain Saintes.
If you are interested in booking this private, refined tour of Cognac as an excursion from Bordeaux, then contact us for more information.
Cognac Distillery Tour Highlights:
- Exclusive private tours and tastings at two top Cognac Maisons
- Gourmet Lunch with wine and cognac pairings
- Sightseeing in historic Saintes
- Private Mercedes Chauffeured Excursion
Below is a suggested Itinerary for your private Cognac Distillery Tour
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Sample Luxury Cognac Tour Itinerary
- Gourmet Lunch with wine and cognac
- Privately Chauffeured Mercedes
8:15 a.m. Get ready for a fabulous day! Your elegant chauffeur will meet you in the lobby of your hotel in Bordeaux. Head north to the Cognac country!
10 a.m. Enjoy a superb VIP Cognac experience at the super-premium Rémy-Martin estate, dating back to 1724. Discover their famous Merpins Estate, and an ambassador will offer you an educational and fascinating presentation of their Cognacs. Visit the historic House of Remy next and its cellars. Finish the morning here with a private, tutored tasting of three cognacs served with gourmet chocolate creations devised by Chef Philippe Saint Romas.
12:30 p.m. A wonderful lunch awaits you then at the Michelin Bib Gourmand “La Maison.” This elegant townhouse with pretty, French country chic white shutters is located in the heart of Cognac. Chef Pierre Dumas offers market-fresh, seasonal dishes served with flair. You will indulge in a gourmet lunch with wine pairings and cognac. This is a great experience.
2:30 p.m. Your next Cognac experience today is in a location of exceptional beauty- the Château Royal de Cognac. This gorgeous national monument dating back to the 10th century is the birthplace of French King François I (born here in 1494) and, nowadays, home to Cognac Baron Otard. On a private tour, you will begin in the stunning, Château and then carry on to their photogenic cellars. The tasting will include the high-end Baron Otard VSOP, XO Gold, Extra 1795, and the rare Fortis & Fidelis (one of the world’s most expensive Cognacs). Exceptional experience!
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. On the way back to Bordeaux, your driver will take you to nearby Saintes, an Ancient Roman town, for a leg stretch and photo op. The Gallo-Roman Amphitheater here is one of the most preserved in France. Enjoy free time for sightseeing here with the tour driver at your disposal.
7 p.m. After an unforgettable day, your chauffeur will drop you safely back at your hotel in Bordeaux. We hope you had a wonderful time!