Luxury holidays in Cognac

Lending its name to the best brandy money can buy, the commune of Cognac is full of quiet towns, white-grape vineyards and regal chateaus, some of them attached to world-famous Cognac producers. In this placid pocket of southwestern France, the most important time of year is November to March, the distilling season, when the smaller cognac houses close their doors to focus on production. Most visitors come to sample the double-distilled brew and tour the big-name producers, before wandering around the town itself, built on the left bank of the River Charente.

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When to go

Cognac is an attractive proposition from spring through autumn, when the temperatures are pleasant and the countryside at its best. It’s worth noting that some of the smaller cognac houses close from October to March.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The closest airports are La Rochelle–Île de Ré and Bordeaux-Mérignac, both around 90 minutes’ drive from town.
  • Automobiles

    This is a rural region and public transport is a bit thin on the ground, so it’s worth hiring a car when you touch down.