cognac, wine & LOCAL PRODUCE
Cognac, the medieval town which bears the name of the region, is attractive with narrow medieval cobbled streets and elegant Renaissance facades. It is here that the famous beverage of the same name has been produced since the 17" century and where world famous Cognac houses such as Camus, Hennessy, Martell, Otard, and Rémy-Martin are located. The Courvoisier distillery can be visited at nearby Jarnac. Each distillery has its own secret and unique process for mixing the various blends of its eau-de-vie and most offer guided tours allowing visitors to observe the distilling process as well as to taste and purchase both their cognac and their own versions of the delicious local apéritif, Pineau des Charentes.
A chilled glass of Pineau des Charentes is the perfect apéritif. Santé!
There are a number of small producers of both Cognac and Pineau des Charentes within a short drive of Le Vincent. The distillery of Jean Balluet at Neuvicq-le-Château, is one such producer (others are available!) and well worth a visit to get up close to the process with a free guided tour and a chance to climb the old tower, which once housed vineyard workers during the grape harvest, to view the countryside for miles around. Not a place to wear your best bib and tucker as it is a small, rustic operation complete with a few cobwebs, but the tour and tastings are excellent!
From the prestigious vignobles of the Médoc and St-Émilion to Bordeaux's futuristic new Cité du Vin and the very drinkable local wines of the Saintonge, you'll be spoiled for choice when selecting a vineyard tour or a tipple to accompany your meal.
The village of Saint-Émilion is as picturesque as it is world-famous for its hearty and delicious red wines. Stroll through the cobbled streets or hop on the tourist train for a trip around the châteaux and the vineyards; sample the vintages on offer in the chais, or people-watch from a shaded restaurant terrace over a delicious meal accompanied by a glass of your favourite grand-cru. A great day out here for connoisseurs and explorers alike!