Cognac Wine Tour Full Day Trip From Bordeaux (private)

Highlights

  • Visit Two Famed Houses of Cognac

  • Stop for Lunch in the Historic City of Cognac

  • Hand-Picked Guides Only. English-Speaking, Experts in Cognac

Summary

8.50am - Pick up by your driver / guide at your hotel or accommodation in Bordeaux or surrounding.

9.00am Depart from Bordeaux
10.30am Visit & Cognac tasting in a 1st Cognac House
12.00am Reach the town of Cognac. Free time for personal discovery and lunch in town.
2.00pm Visit & Cognac Tasting in a 2nd Cognac House
3.30pm Depart for Bordeaux
5.00pm Arrive in Bordeaux

Tour info

Duration
8 hours
Group Size
8
Pricing (From)
Adult: (18-99 years)
€590.00
Commentary
Meeting Point
Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

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 Cognac Wine Region
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.

Your Cognac Wine Tour
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 Hennessy, 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.

This private tour ensures you enjoy full attention from your guide.

What’s included?

  • Hotel pick up from Bordeaux or surrounding area.

  • Enjoy live commentaries from your expert guide.

  • Pre-booked visits to 2 Cognac Houses.

  • Travel in recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans.

  • Bottled water in the vehicle.

  • Free WiFi access on board.

  • Tasting fees at the Cognac Houses.

  • Meals and drinks.

  • Personal insurance, expenses.

  • Gratuities for the Guide.

Things to know

Before you book

  • Price is per group, not per person.

  • This product is on request. We will confirm availability within the shortest possible time after we receive your order.

  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate.

  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request.

  • This tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility.

  • Not wheelchair accessible.

  • Currency is in Euro.

Before you go

  • Please be ready 10 minutes before departure time

Covid Policy

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides

Cancellation Policy

    Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule: Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%. For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund: Up to 48 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees. 48 hours prior to departure and less > no refund. No show - no refund.

Redemption information

    If any hotel or predetermined meeting place changes, notify Orphorus immediately.  Otherwise be at location 10 minutes prior to pick up time.


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Ophorus Tours is both a licensed Tour Operator, member of Atout France and ETOA, and a Transportation company with headquarters in Bordeaux. We operate since 2005 and conduct Walking Tours, Day Trips, Private Tours, Shore Excursions and multi-regional Tours throughout France. 

Our multilingual office staff is made up of France Travel Experts that design unique itineraries for both individuals and groups. Their perfect knowledge of the destination allows them to suggest carefully crafted programs to professionals of the Travel Trade all over the world. 

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