The big Cognac houses offer guided tours revealing how stills work and more about the production processes. They conclude with a tasting, and reservations are strongly recommended during the holiday season. Several offer tailor-made visits, and all have English speaking guides.
Below are the summer opening hours - check their websites for details for the winter period.
For a more personalised experience, we’d also suggest visiting one of the many small local producers found throughout the Cognac area, such as Cognac Bertrand, family-owned for five generations (www.cognac-bertrand.com), Cognac Painturaud (www.cognacpainturaud.com) and G & C Raby (www.cognac-raby.fr).
Guided visits from May to September: Mondays 2pm-6pm; Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2pm-6pm.
Tour times: 11am / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm / 5pm.
Also available are interactive ‘Discover’ workshops which include a tasting, and the two-hour ‘Master Blender’ workshops to mix your own XO cognac.
Address: 21 rue Cagouillet, 16100 Cognac
Tel: +33 (0)5 45 32 72 96.
Classic tours last an hour and include a tasting.
Several different tours are available. 16 April to 13
October: Tuesday to Saturday. Mondays in June to September, and Sundays in July and August.
Address: 2 place du Château, 16200 Jarnac
Tel: +33 (0)5 45 35 56 16.
Guided visits: May to September: open 7 days a week, 10am-12 noon and 2pm-6pm with last visit at 4.30pm.
Address: Quai Richard Hennessy, 16100 Cognac
Tel: +33 (0)5 45 35 72 68
Guided visits: April to October: Monday to Friday 10am-5pm; weekends and bank holidays noon-5pm (closed Sundays in October).
Address: Place Edouard Martell, 16100, Cognac
Tel: +33 (0)5 45 36 33 33.
Guided visits: The recently opened visitor centre is open all year round. May to September: Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Complete your visit with a meal in one of the original cellars now transformed into the Chai restaurant.
Address: 26 rue Pascal Combeau, 16100 Cognac
Tel: +33 (0)5 45 82 32 10
Guided visits: April, May, June, September: every day 10am-noon and 2pm-6pm. July, August: every day from 10am-noon and 1:30pm-6pm.
Address: Château de Cognac,
127 boulevard Denfert-Rochereau,
Tel: +33 (0)5 45 36 88 86.
Rémy Martin’s ‘Rendez-vous’ visits won the national Wine Tourism prize in 2012.
Tour the Rémy Martin estate at Merpins on their dedicated train. From mid-April to end-September, Monday to Saturday. Longer, private tours are available on reservation.
Address: Le Domaine Rémy Martin, Avenue de Gimeux,
Tel: +33 (0)5 45 35 76 66.
The house of Rémy Martin at Cognac is open all year round upon reservation.