Choosing a Cognac distillery to visit in France

Cognac is an AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée: "Controlled Designation of Origin"), which means that its name is legally protected and only a Cognac distillery in France can produce it. By Cognac distillery we mean a maison Cognac (“Cognac house”) where the dry white wine is made, distilled twice, aged and expertly blended by a cellar master, as per the appellation’s rules.

No visit to a Cognac distillery is like another: some of them offer original Cognac blending workshops during a tour of their cellars, whereas others include a boat ride across the river or a visit to King Francois I’s castle. One thing is for sure: they all make for an unforgettable experience as they finish off with a spectacular tasting of some of the best Cognacs in the world.

Exclusive tours grant access to the most coveted room in any Cognac distillery, le Paradis. This aptly-named “paradise” is the finest section of their cellars: it is where the cognac houses store their oldest and most precious wines, which rest in barrels slowly maturing.

A small Cognac distillery might surprise you with the excellent quality of its tours -a true personal and intimate experience- and brandies, so make sure you include one or two on your list in addition to the “big names” maisons you will most definitely want to visit too.

Distilleries Suggestions in Cognac

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