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Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Sparkling Surprises - Charlemagne Caves

Even if you are familiar with Angoulême you may be forgiven for not having passed Les Caves Charlemagne – tucked at the end of a quiet impasse, the cellars are hewn into the overhanging limestone cliff and hidden from view. But enter the white gates and you will find a bustling business where little has changed since it was created in 1921...

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In fine spirits

In fine spirits

The big-name cognac houses may grab all the headlines but the region is full of small producers making excellent and unusual cognacs. Teresa Hardy reports on the three-month festival that celebrates them... 

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Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

Truly remarkable - Jardins du Chaigne

For beauty and a wonderful sense of calm and tranquility wander the paths of the award-winning Les Jardins du Chaigne...

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Casks and cannons

Casks and cannons

In September you may be lucky enough to spot an unusual sight on the roads in Charente and Charente Maritime: a series of horse-drawn carts accompanied by people wearing 18th-century costumes. Read on to find out what this is all about…

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The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

The smallest vineyard - Giraud Wines

Grape harvest time seems to be the perfect moment to discover the smallest vineyard in France – and the top quality wines that Gontran Beaudoin produces by hand in the accompanying winery... 

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Gastronomades - calling all foodies

Gastronomades - calling all foodies

Every year foodies visit the capital town of the Charente to tickle their taste buds at the ‘Gastronomades’ festival

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Discover Charente Arts & Crafts

Discover Charente Arts & Crafts

The Charente has a long tradition of artisan work and today many a village has communities of potters, painters and sculptors making beautiful and unusual pieces. And then there are the remnants of the industries that once brought great wealth to the area but now have declined. To visit them is to get a glimpse of Charente's past...

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