Cognac Brandy Experience

Pick up and drop off at Bordeaux Cruise Port

Get a Taste of the History of Two Famous Houses of Cognac

Tour Conducted by Expert Guide

Trip Details

Prices:

700€ per group of 2 to 8 persons

  • If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business.
  • For larger groups don’t hesitate to contact us we can accommodate groups of up to 19 persons with transportation in a VIP Mercedes Minibus.

When:

Daily departures

Departure time will depend on Cruise Ship timing – TBC at time of booking.


Duration:

9 Hours (approx.)

 


Trip Style:

Full Day Tour.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.


Meeting Point:

Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship – Bordeaux or Bassens Ports of Call


Inclusions:
  • Pick up and drop off at Cruise Ship
  • Pre-booking in 1 or 2 Selected Cognac Wineries
  • English speaking driver/guide
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Travel in fully equipped A/C minivans
  • Wifi on board the vehicle

Exclusions:
  • Tasting fees in the Cognac wineries (unless booked as extras)
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums attractions
  • Meals and drinks
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Gratuities for the guide

*Please note that it will be possible for you to book the desired Cognac tasting fees adapted to this tour during the booking process.

Get a Taste of the History of Two Famous Houses of Cognac

Travel to Cognac to discover one of the world’s most famous Brandies. 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 tours 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!

Today’s destination is the town of Cognac located on the Charente River, 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, Martel or Camus, and one that is lesser-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. Since this tour is a private guided tour, we can also organize a walking tour of Cognac a very pleasant small town.

After the visits and tastings, we will take you back to the port of Bordeaux or Bassens and this will be the end of our services.

More information on Cognac Brandy
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 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, Monfils or Sémillon.

Good to Know

As we have limited space on board the vehicles we use for this tour, we are sorry, but it is not possible to carry in any of the following:

Wheelchairs (including fold up types)
Mobility scooters
Walking frames

English speaking shore excursion. Other languages on request.

  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies.
  • Prices are per group of 2 to 8 persons.
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.

The Ophorus Difference

Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)

Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’  Paul C. (UK)

Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)

Read more about the Ophorus experience.