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The principle of the cognac production dates from the 17th century. Dutch ships were doing at that moment for decades on the coasts of Charente. The crew hit on this occasion like wine. Since these inboette by the long journey to quality, grown in the Dutch demand for distilled wine (brandy), which was longer. The inhabitants of the Charente developed at the end of the 17th century, the second distillation.

The town of Cognac has since then his name associated with this new strong drank.Het did was not long until consumers discovered that the brandy from the Cognac region was better than its competitors and also wanted to pay for it. The Dutch strengthened their interests in the region and made their best cognac especially to the English nobility. Because cognac mainly remained an export product many young foreigners came to settle in the region. They married regularly in the local community and this is still reflected in the name of many famous cognac houses.
In the 90s of the 18th century the houses Martell and Hennessy managed to gain the upper hand in the cognac market. They dominated the market for the subsequent 150 years. After that small businesses could return a portion of withdrawals for themselves. The demand for cognac continued to increase leading to overproduction and sharp price decline at the end of the 19th century.
And then also hit the phylloxera plague far. Was 85% of the vines destroyed in sixteen years. The rescue was due to the grafting of resistant American vines on the existing bushes. This was also massively switched from folle blanche on Ugni Blanc.

Breng een bezoek aan de kleine producenten en proef de kwaliteit van hun produkt.

After the plague was under control, there was also a need for more stringent protection of cognac. And definition In 1909 cognac was an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, and this was confirmed in 1936. Before the First World War had the drink England as chief market recaptured and from there the colonies.
The First World War ushered in another difficult period that lasted until the end of the Second World War. After the demand for cognac rose again and the BOARD, the Bureau national interprofessionnel du cognac, was established. This setting must protect the quality and reputation of the cognac. In 1976 the production had overtaken demand for cognac and came another crisis in the market by overproduction.
Since 1997, the demand for cognac rises again. One of the reason is that cognac has taken a cult place in the rapper culture of America. In Asia the demand for superior cognac rises also.

Een bezoek aan Cognac

1. Bezoeken met proeverijen bij cognac huizen: Remy Martin,  Hennessy,  Martell,   Otar, Camus en meer...
2. Breng een bezoek aan de kleine cognac producenten - alleen hier kan je unieke Brandies and Pinot proeven.
3. Stadstour door Cognac.
4. Neem deel aan onze speciale VIP tour, met proeverij van geselecteerde cognacs.

Totale duur: 8-10 uur


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1 Een wandelexcursie met gids door Bordeaux

3 - 4 hours

2 Wijnroute rechter rivieroever van wijn - Saint Emilion & Pomerol

For several millennia they are producing excellent wine in this region. There are very famous chateaux like Petrus (Pomerol), Ozone, Cheval Blanc, Figeac, Canon, Anzhelyus Clos Furte (Saint Emilion) and many others.The program includes a visit (with wine) wine chateau classified Grand Cru St. Emilion and Pomerol.Perhaps a visit to the small wine chateau, familiarity with simple winemakers. Small sightseeing tour of the city itself Saint Emilion. This is a charming medieval town listed as UNESCO, together with the surrounding vineyards.In the old courtyard of the monastery of the 14th century, you can taste local sparkling wine, which is made by technology of sparkling wines. A few kilometers from Saint Emilion is a "clearing of the Druids," and a huge boulder - a place of sacrifice. In this area we find good village restaurants and delicatessens.Nearby there is an ancient mill and winepress for grapes. 5-10 hours

3 Wijnroute linker rivieroever van wijn - Medoc regio

It was here, in 1855, that they made the first classification of Bordeaux wines.The capital of the wine region - the city of Pauillac. The city is situated on the bank of the river Gironde, gave its name to the department. In this area are the famous chateaux : Mouton Rothschild, Margaux,  Latour, Lafite Rothschild, Beychevelle, Lynch Bages, Zhiskur, Léoville Barton, Kirwan and others. We offer  sightseeing tours to these famous chateaux and visits with tastings in the classified grand cru chateaux. 5-8 hours

4 Wijnroute Sauternes, Barsac & Gravel

On the way to Sauternes might be a sightseeing tour of the wine therapy "and source code» (Les Sources De Caudalie) Sauternes is made from grapes, untouched by "noble rot." That she appeared on the grapes need unique climatic and weather conditions. The result is a very fragrant liqueur wine, with the smell of honey and flowers. Producing this wine is very time-consuming and limited edition. The most famous of Sauternes - Château Yquem (Châteaud'Yquem). In this region, also produce excellent red and white dry wines. It is interesting to explore the medieval chateau chateau Roquetaillade, where the film Fantomas Against Scotland Yard. Or chateau, where lived Queen Margot. You can visit the wine chateaux of Sauternes and gravel and taste this wonderful drink. Visits with tastings offer Château La Tour Blanche, Pape Clement, Gravas, Haut Brion 6-10 hours

5 Een bezoek aan Cognac

Visits with tastings: cognachouses Remy Martin, Hennessy, Martell, Otar, Camus etc. It is also possible to visit the small cognac producers - only there you can taste unique brandies and Pinot. City tour of Cognac. You can compose your own VIP tour, tasting of selected cognacs. 8-10 hours

6 Tour langs de Dordogne

The medieval fairytale city-museum of Sarlat-la-Caneda. Weser Valley - home troglodytes -Rok Christophe Lascaux cave with rock paintings, which are more than 17 thousand years. A gourmet - a land of Foie Gras, the famous Perigord duck and goat cheese. 8-12 hours

7 Middeleeuwse kastelen in de Dordogne

Kastelno, Comarca, Beynac. Sarlat-la -Kaneda, dwelling troglodytes. 8-12 hours

8 Wijnroute Burg & Bligh

 It is a lovely strong wine. Different from the rest of Bordeaux wines that, in them, in large numbers, there is a grape variety Malbec. Visit Citadel Bligh with a magnificent view over the estuary of the Gironde. Vauban was built by order of King Louis the 14th .. Well preserved ramparts and barracks. Nearby is the cave non Per Per, where people lived more than 50 thousand years ago. Original rock carvings of animals, age 26,000 years Coutet, Guiraud and others. 6-8 hours

9 Bedevaartstad op de rots - Rocamadour

The road passes through the most beautiful places of the Dordogne. Padirac underground lakes, boat trips on the underground river. Perhaps a visit to a goat and (or) a duck farm. 8-10 hours

10 Een bezoek aan de Atlantische kust

A sightseeing tour of Arcachon, a trip to the highest dune in Europe - Dune of Pyla, visit an oyster stolitsy- Gujan-Mestras. Tasting the freshest oysters in fishing lodges. Bezoek het oestermuseum.5-8 hours

11 Ontdek Armagnac

There you can visit the producers of Armagnac, look at the house of d'Artagnan, see the places and the history of which is accociated with the Templars. 8-12 hours