Does place like that exist?
Cognac is a small town in the southwest France in Charente province known as a world capital of the unique whisky. The first grape-vines appeared in this region 2000 years ago but just in 17th century (1643) the first cognac was produced. As you can imagine, all in Cognac is about Cognac.
What is Cognac?
It is a grape-based spirit produced from the white vine plants. Cognac vineyards take over 79 000 ha includes 6 different areas called “crus”. Each of them characterize different soil features, which are recognized in providing specific qualities for cognac.
This is the main business here and tradition appreciated all around the world. Most of the people I met in the town work in cognac industry: some as a tourist guides, some with distillation, some with barrels, some with accounting. It’s all about cognac! Advertisements on the streets, posters billboards – everywhere alcohol! And the smell all around!
Lovely medieval town
The city itself is very old, full of narrow streets and medieval houses. The main square (Francios Premiere) carries many cafes and restaurants. Small castle on the river bank and city park with the city hall are worth to visit as well. For a longer walk or bike ride there is a great path along the river with amazing views and palaces on the way. Very popular tourists’ attraction (during the season) is the boat ride called “La gabare” which takes you for 1,5hour trip on the Charente river with a guide saying history of the place.
Tourist information is localized next to the main square. It provides all kinds of information and reservation of tours in cognac houses. It is also equipped in the local goods such as jams, honey or cookies. For buying cognac the best is of course straight from producer. Otherwise, there is a shop called “Cognacteque” also on the main square which has large variety of choice.