Cognac has been linked to the cultivation of the vine since the Middle Ages and to trading in wine since the 12th century. A river town bathed by the Charente, Cognac sent wines, by sea, from ancient vineyards of Poitou as far as Holland and the Scandinavian countries.
During the 17th century however the trade in wine took a new turn. Distillation, in eliminating the water in the wine, reduced its volume. The subsequent prosperity of cognac opened up for the town new links with the entire world.
Cognac hides its wealth behind the walls of its wine and spirit storehouses, the stones of which have become black through the growth of a mushroom which thrives on the vapour of alcohol. In the old town which nestles against the mediaeval chateau, twisting alleyways alongside old houses go down to the quays. In Cognac the stones breathe…Cognac.