The world's most famous vineyards await you : Bordeaux, Cognac, Pomerol, Saint-Emilion, Margaux… Fabulous and internationally famous wines that the entire planet envies! Welcome to the Bordeaux and Cognac areas!
Here, the vines go on for miles at end, changing colours and smells with each new season. Visiting the Bordeaux and Cognac vineyards means entering the secret and amazing world of wine storehouses, meeting devoted wine growers, tasting exceptional vintage wines, enjoying gourmet meals and of course, rediscovering your senses!
Saint-Emilion is the only wine site to have obtained a UNESCO classification. This medieval village boasts Europe’s largest monolithic church. Do not miss « la Fête du Printemps » (Spring Fair) in June and « Ban des vendanges » which celebrates the beginning of grape-harvesting, in September.
Medoc goes from Bordeaux to the Garonne river mouth. The « Route du vignoble » (Vineyard Trail) takes visitors to discover prestigious "châteaux" and the estuary’s natural panoramas.With our 5 Cognac themed routes, great wine warehouses and small wine-farmers, you'll learn everything there is to know about Cognac, as well as Pineau des Charentes and surprising local wines !
Bordeaux is not the only wine. Red, white, dry or mellow : it is also important to mention Sauternes along the river Garonne, Cete de Duras in the Lot-et-Garonne valleys, Buzet in Pays d’Albret, Bergerac in Purple Perigord, Jurançon in the Bearn hills, lrouleguy at the foot of the Basque mountains… Each area has its own landscapes, vineyards and winemakers !
Thanks to its oceanic climate, Nouvelle-Aquitaine’s soil is ideal for wine-growing.
"Les Étapes du Cognac" is an association of wine and tourism professionals as well as cultural operators from the Charente area. This network’s mission is to develop wine tourism all year round, by promoting Cognac as well as Pineau des Charentes and "Vins de Pays Charentais" wines.
« Les Étapes du Cognac » invites visitors to discover 5 themed routes :
• Cognac and vines ;
• Cognac and the river ;
• Cognac and stone ;
• Cognac, stone and the estuary ;• Cognac and traditions.
These marked itineraries are accessible all year round with indications at every crossroad. Visitors can follow these routes, or portions of them, at leisure.
Whether it is for a day, a week-end, a week or more, compose your itinerary thanks to the “Étapes du Cognac” network.
Home distillers and wine-growers, accommodation and restaurant owners, museums, festivals… Each trade subscribes to a quality charter. These professionals receive a visit once a year to make sure the charter’s clauses are respected and to receive an "Étapes du Cognac" label.
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