Very informative and relaxed tour – Our guide was great and gave us ample time to tour and relax. She was very knowledgeable and stayed on time.
Come On An Insider’s Journey Of The Famed Cognac Region
Visit Two Famed Houses of Cognac
Stop for Lunch in the Historic City of Cognac
Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Local Experts
Low Season: 430€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
1 Dec 2017 to 14 March 2018
High Season: 550€ per group of 2 to 8 persons.
15 Mar 2018 to 31 Oct 2018
Available all year round, on request, except May 1st, Dec. 25th, Jan. 1st
Private Day Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. For larger groups please contact us.
Pick up at your hotel or at ship in Bordeaux / Bassens ports of call.
Tour returns to original departure point.
Visit of 2 famous Cognac ‘houses’
English speaking driver guide
Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped Mercedes minivans
Bottled water in the minivan
Free Wifi access on board
Personal insurance and expenses
Meals and drinks
Entrance fees, tasting fees in the Cognac wineries
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Get a Taste of the History of Two Famous Houses of Cognac
Travel to Cognac to discover one of the world’s most famous Brandy. We will pre-book your visits & tastings in 2 famous distilleries such as Otard, Hennessy, Camus, Rémy Martin… Whether a novice or an expert, we will adapt the tour and tastings accordingly. This unique day is conducted by a professional wine guide that will be happy to explain all things Cognac from soils to aromas!
The region authorized to produce cognac is divided into six zones, including five crus. The six zones are: Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Borderies, Fins Bois, Bon Bois and finally Bois Ordinaire. A blend of Grande and Petite Champagne Cognacs, with at least half coming from Grande Champagne, is known as Fine Champagne. The wine is very dry, acidic, and thin, “virtually undrinkable”, but excellent for distillation and aging. It may be made only from a strict list of grape varieties, if it is to carry the name of one of the crus then it must be at least 90% Ugni Blanc (known in Italy as Trebbiano), Folle Blanche and Colombard, although 10% of the grapes used can be Folignan, Jurançon blanc, Meslier St-François (also called Blanc Ramé), Sélect, Montils or Sémillon.
Today’s destination is the town of Cognac, which lies to the northeast of Bordeaux and lends its name to the famous brandy that has been produced in the surrounding wine region for the last 300 years. Your excursion will include a visit and tasting at two different Cognac distilleries: one with a name that is known all over the world like Hennessey, Martell, or Camus, and one that is less known and is still family owned and operated. The two visits will allow you to compare the differences between large and small-scale productions of Cognac and will cover topics such as the grape varieties used, the fermentation and distillation methods, and the aging and blending process. After each visit, you will have the chance to taste several different kinds of brandy produced by the distillery. Between visits, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant where you will sample typical cuisine and wine from the region.
Good to Know
- Confirmation of the tour will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability.
- Maximum 8 persons, for larger groups contact us.
- Tour is operated in English unless otherwise stated.
- This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
- Possible languages: English, Español, Français, Italiano.
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.
Totally enjoyed the experience! – Found the tour guides to be knowledgeable and competent of the area and wineries. They were highly courteous and respectful.
Wonderful tours in Bordeaux – During our stay in Bordeaux, we went on two wine tours. We enjoyed them a lot! My favorite was the tour of Margaux. Delphine is a sweet girl, she is a great tour guide!
Excellent!! – Very nice trip. Our guide Karim was very cool and showed a great knowledge about wines. The wineries visited were very good too!
Great tour to Medoc! – Highly recommend this tour, will do it again next time someone visits. Our guide was enthusiastic, funny and knowledgeable, and we learnt a lot at the château’s we visited.
The Ophorus Difference
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
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