Perhaps what is less known is that Cognac is a rich historical city on the banks of the Charente River in which the world-famous wine spirits produced. The "cognac" is indeed one of the central themes of a visit to this city located in an area full of vineyards and dotted with Romanesque churches. Walking through the old town of Cognac is a unique experience, a feast for the senses: walk the streets, from the church to the city, passing through the market-which brings to mind Paris Les Halles-Otard, visit the Castle, the Museum of Arts of Cognac and discover how this precious liquor is produced. A perfect opportunity not only to unwind and relax, but also to realize the tenacity, patience and passion that means this work of art has been created for centuries. Its streets, its crossings, bridges, windows, seventeenth century buildings with thousands of details makes touring a long experience! You cannot forget anything! Walking from the Porte Saint-Jacques to the rue Grande city life passes by step by step. Cognac will seduce the eye and the palate!
In Cognac, on both sides of the Charente river they cultivate vineyards which produce what is known as 'the liquor of the gods'. Different big cognac houses receive visitors who want to know the secrets of this drink. Teachers of "cognac" reveal all their secrets: what's the vineyard like, which varieties are grown, how it is collected, the techniques of wine making, and how it is fermented in old oak barrels to get the liquor the gold color. It's a delight for all palates. Visitors have the option to visit the farms and wineries and see the techniques of processing and manufacturing. Magnificent buildings were erected between the immensity of the vineyards. Learn the history of this precious liquor, its flavor and recognizable color. The Pineau also has a special place here. It's the 'sweeter' brother of "cognac", however not as important. You can also find your favorite in a very special tasting. Enjoy your 'trip to wine country'.
The Dupuy d'Angeac palace, located in the public park since 1925, has an interesting collection of local objects traditional to Cognac. It is a museum for lovers of classical art, with all expressions of art that you can imagine. There is a section of fine arts and decorative arts including paintings, sculptures, furniture and other objects, both French and foreign. It houses a very large exhibition of paintings by artists from northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands from the sixteenth and twentieth centuries. In the section devoted to the arts and traditions of the region, you can see how they lived in the nineteenth century thanks to the reconstruction of the interior of a typical house in the area. And you should not miss the highlight of the museum which is the section of archeology and an amazing carving from a single trunk of oak which is 5'56 meters long. It is over 5,000 years old. A museum tastefully decorated in a landmark building in the center of the city. Quite a find.
If you want to discover the city of Cognac in a completely different way, you can go for a barge ride. Browsing the Charente river by passing through the city shows you a totally different perspective of the monuments, vineyards, flavors and people. The barge was the traditional boat carrying passengers and goods of Poitou-Charentes. This is a flat boat with few frills but serves as an exception to see the environment around you. With nothing to hinder the vision, you shoot beautiful prints as its green meadows, or the villas and wine estates. Take advantage of your boat ride by sunbathing and enjoying the nice breeze of the river, while you mingle with nice company. You will enjoy the tour while enjoying delicious wine and discover the splendor of Cognac. An incredible luxury that makes everyone fall in love once again whether they are old are young. Try it!
A castle which reflects light off it in the middle of Cognac. A beacon of white and gray stone that falls to those who see it. Cognac Castle, also known as Otard, is a simple but beautiful building that dazzles anyone finds out. On a tour inside the castle, you can visit the rooms and the place where the King of France, Francis I, was born and lived for the first few years of his life. Within the Otard house lies, a wide range of top quality cognacs. All visitors are welcome to see the barrels and elements characterised by the development of this liqueur flavour. A visit to the galleries where it is stored and fermented and the stunning coppery where this precious liquid is distilled. Since 1795 the Otard Castle has become famous around the world.
A museum specially dedicated to this delicious drink: cognac. In this museum you will learn all about the history of Cognac and how it originated. You will also learn about how it is produced and packaged. From the collection of the vine until the barrels rest through the packaging. Learn all the details and secret techniques of Cognac. The Museum of Arts of Cognac has a documentary rather important labels and old machines, historical posters brands, packages and countless strangers collectors items. The exhibition also features video projections, sound environments, olfactory and tasting games that set the pace of the visits.
Since 1994, renowned blues artists and upcoming talent have come together during the legendary Cognac Blues Passions to show the world their fascination with this type of music. In every corner, in every street, for 5 days and 5 nights, the entire city of Cognac lives to the rhythm of the magic of the African-American musicians. With an exceptional artistic variety, which is often unique, Cognac Blues Passions ensures the audience with pure emotion. The audience becomes ever more eclectic and numerous with each performance. It's more than a concert, it's a trip with it's own blues soundtrack. There is no foreign term, and it has tried to create a world without borders and, above all, with limits to age. The important thing is to enjoy the music and feel it in your soul - the rest is provided by the festival.
Art? Alive? Here you'll find it, all through September, Poitou-Charentes invites you to celebrate a project hot on the stage. The theater becomes a living place of interaction between actors and audience, full of multidisciplinary artistic experimentation, innovative and specialized. A show where you don't know what to expect - the only thing you have to know is that you are part of the work. L'Avant-Scène is in charge, this is an inclusive group which diversifies, delivers and makes dreams out of nothing. Born story tellers that give a seal of quality to everything they touch. It mixes dance, theater, music, circus and story. A crossroads of various disciplines creating art, what the creator Patarozzi refers to as 'performing arts'.