Cognac sits on the Charente river, a little over an hour’s drive from Domaine des Etangs, downstream from Angoulême. This is a place that is inevitably suggestive of its eponymous spirit. However, it is also the birthplace of Francois I and is filled with wonderfully preserved historical ruins whose origins date back to the Stone Age and the Middle Ages.

You cannot explore Cognac without visiting one of its prestigious wine cellars to find out more about how they make this fine spirit, whose distinction lies in its complexity. We can arrange special tours of the leading producers.