A Connoisseur's Visit

"Cognac is for people who love life and good living. It is a way of life. But take your time. Taste it with your five senses. Look at it, take the glass in your hand and feel it, then smell it, then taste it and then clink your glass with your partners and say ‘Cheers!" ..Bernard Hine

Located as we are in Segonzac, the capital of the Grande Champagne, we have welcomed guests from all over the world who are drawn to the home of the celebrated spirit of cognac. Whilst cognac production stretches across both the Charente and Charente Maritime regions, the golden triangle known as the Grande Champagne is the area between Cognac, Segonzac and Jarnac. The Grande Champagne is the geological centre of cognac country and the heart of the wine growing area producing the best ‘cru’ or growth.

Cognac production is small in scale compared with say the whisky, vodka, gin and even the tequila industries but it produces over 125 million bottles a year and the product is shipped to 153 countries around the world. A market worth in excess of €1.3bn a year (2003). At anytime there are 7 years worth of stock ‘sleeping’ in the chais equivalent of over 1 billion bottles.

There are 6400 vineyards producing white wine for cognac and the majority of the production is sold to the major cognac houses with instantly familiar names such as Hennessy, Martell and Remy Martin. Whilst 74% of the market is controlled by the top 4 houses (84% by the top 10), there is still room for approximately 250 independent producers who sell their unique products direct to clients. So whether you simply want to learn how cognac is made or if you are a serious fan and collector come and discover a product and industry that has survived for over 400 years and continues to thrive and develop new products such as organic and flavoured cognacs.

Please contact us to discuss your visit.

"Fantastic place. Must be the best place to stay if you visit Cognac" ... Innherred Cognac Club Norway