Whether your aims are cultural or idly curious, Les Étapes du cognac reveal the many aspects of cognac. Each step guarantees you a quality reception approved under the network’s special charters. This allows you to follow the trails at your own speed, and according to the season and its activities.
Cognac and Vine
The green trail “Cognac and Vine” takes you into the country in search of the roots of the Charentais vineyard, from the nurserymen at Nercillac to the gallo-roman theatre at Les Bouchauds and the abbey of Marcillac Lanville, on the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela.
Cognac and River
The indigo trail “Cognac and River” hugs the course of the Charente, over humpback bridges, weirs and watermills, evoking the days of the “gabariers” whose flat-bottomed barges “gabares” delivered the precious cargo to the sea for export.
Cognac and Stone
The golden trail “Cognac and Stone”, highlighted by dolmens, churches, manors, and chateaux, retraces the history of the area. Across the chalklands of the Grande and Petite Champagne, it winds through the villages of the grand vineyards taking in some fine Romanesque churches.
Cognac and Traditions
The route “Cognac and traditions” strolls along the wine slopes in search of “the share of the men” in the universe of the cognac.
A tourist map and a guide are available at
The Étapes du cognac
Maison des Viticulteur
25, rue Cagouillet
16 100 COGNAC
Tel : 00 33 (0)5 45 36 47 35
Fax : 00 33 (0)5 45 82 12 88