WINE DESTINATIONS

  • In a Region of Tradition, Bourgoin Cognac is Looking to Innovate

    In a Region of Tradition, Bourgoin Cognac is Looking to Innovate

    In a region where tradition rules, the fourth generation Master Blender of Bourgoin Cognac, Frédéric Bourgoin, is looking for ways to innovate while maintaining the integrity of the spirit of Cognac. The Bourgoin family has been farming grapes and making eau-de-vie for other cognac houses for generations, but in 2015 the energetic and forward thinking Frédéric took the brave step to begin bottling their own cognac. 

  • A Trip Back in Time at Courvoisier, The House of Napoleon’s Cognac

    A Trip Back in Time at Courvoisier, The House of Napoleon’s Cognac

    Known by many as The House of Napoleon’s Cognac, Courvoisier, to this day continues to serve as a steward of the relationship between France’s greatest general and the great spirit of Cognac. Although there is no direct proof that Napoleon himself drank cognac, it is known that he chose cognac to reward his troops for their bravery and loyalty.

    Founded in Paris in 1809 by Emmanuel Courvoisier and Louis Gallois, The House of Courvoisier is presently one of the the most important cognac houses and is responsible for approximately 10% of cognac sales worldwide. 

  • In Paradis at the Historic and Iconic House of Cognac Hennessy

    In Paradis at the Historic and Iconic House of Cognac Hennessy
    Walking through the grounds of the innovative and forward thinking House of Hennessy it becomes evident that the largest cognac producer in the world is deep rooted in its heritage. Cognac Hennessy, which was founded in 1765 by Richard Hennessy, accounts for approximately 50% of all cognac sales across the world. Over two centuries later, Hennessy, which according to experts was the pioneer of the global cognac trade, is showing no signs of slowing down. Through artist collaborations, an estimated 10,000 events around the world and close to 5 million social media followers, this historic house continues to find new ways to grow and share their brand.
  • Meet Cognac - The Land of Vineyards by the Sea with a Magnificent Spirit

    Meet Cognac - The Land of Vineyards by the Sea with a Magnificent Spirit

    When we think of Cognac, most of us quickly think of the magnificent spirit enjoyed by kings, celebrities and now one of the main ingredients in the craft cocktail revolution. This spirit, which so many have grown to enjoy, is only part of the exciting story of Cognac.

    The region of Cognac, which includes both the Town of Cognac and the Cognac AOC (which means "Controlled Appellation of Origin"), is located in the southwest part of France. The AOC borders the Atlantic Ocean to its west while the Town of Cognac is approximately an hour and forty-five minutes drive north of Bordeaux.