Travel Facts#1: Cognac


When visiting Cognac for the first time, one key point was gifted to me by the kind people at Courvoisier, “all cognacs are brandies but not all brandies are cognacs”!  As you travel around Cognac, you can see how fiercely this fact is protected – as well it should be.  It’s a heritage to be proud of.  By the way, see the black mould on the door in the image above?That indicates that there’s a good cellar inside!


All the main cognac houses offer guided tours – the one I took was with Courvoisier of course.  I believe that it’s even possible for students of the grape to stay in their chateau now.  Legend has it that Napoleon took several barrels of Courvoisier over to his exile in St Helena – a treat much appreciated by his English jailors who named it “The Cognac of Napoleon” – a moniker that remains to this day.


Accommodation by the way need not be expensive in this area.  I stayed in a gypsy caravan, complete with shower, wifi and free breakfast and couldn’t have been happier.


Contributor:  Sue Lowry

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