Cognac Brandy Experience

Discover Cognac Brandy From La Rochelle with a certified guide

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

English speaking guide

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Trip Details


€750 total price – From 2 to 7 people maximum


Daily departures


Approximately 9 hours

Trip style:

Private full-day sightseeing tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 7
Larger groups please contact us

* 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.

Meeting point:

Pick up & Drop off at Cruise Ship in La Rochelle

  • English-speaking qualified guide
  • Small group option – maximum 10 people per group
  • Bottled water in the vehicles
  • Transportation in A/C vehicle
  • Itinerary can be customized

  • Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals, drinks unless mentioned in program
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

* Please note that it will be possible for you to book entrance fees to museums or attractions adapted to this tour during the booking process. 


Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from La Rochelle Port of Call and visit the most famous brandy producing region of France – Cognac

Departing from La Rochelle Cruise Port, this Atlantic Coast full day private shore excursion will take you to the Cognac brandy producing region. First, we will come and pick you up at your cruise ship in La Rochelle Cruise Port. Meet your English speaking driver guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Then, board your air conditioned vehicle and depart for the Cognac vineyards in the Charente region.

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 La Rochelle / La Pallice 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, Montils or Sémillon.

Good to Know

  • English speaking tour
  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies
  • Prices are per group
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour

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

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