COGNAC

pic of cognac

The town of Cognac is situated on the river Charante about an hour and half from the gite.

The majority of the town has been built on the river's left bank. The town traded salt along the river, with commercial success, and later the town developed as a center of wine and then brandy.

World famous cognac firms such as Hennessy, Martell, Otard, Rémy-Martin and Courvoisier (amongst others), and are located here. Each distillery has its own secret and unique process for mixing the various blends of its eaux-de-vie.

pic of still

You can join a guided tour to learn about the double-distilling process that goes on in copper stills before the ageing in oak barrels. Most tours offer a tasting at the end and operate from Easter to the Autumn and some offer limited tours during the winter.

There are a number of cultural events, amongst the best of which is the summer Boat Jousting on the river.

jousting

jousting

Other events include:

Blues Passions International Blues Festival in July Bluespassions.

Cognac Festival in July where there are numerous events : river events, concerts, firework display and dinners with regional products on the menu.

Harvest Festival, in September where traditional grape-picking, pressing, harvest meal, barrel-rolling races and float parades are on the programme.

Street Theatre at the start of September when street and circus performers, actors, dancers and musicians take to the streets of Cognac.

There is a large park with children's play area and cafe.

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