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Address: Chateau de Cognac, Cognac, France
Phone Number: 33 (0) 5 45 6 88 86
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Description: This factory is rich in history because the company is housed in a former...
This factory is rich in history because the company is housed in a former castle, where you visit historic rooms, wine cellars and the Francois I gallery.
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Includes tour of castle, good value, recommended

As with all these tours, it is well scripted and managed to an hour your time. Again, get the booklet from the Tourist office and get a discount on the price of the tour. Yes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2014
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Bordeaux, France
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We booked a tour with a French group but were offered a printed English translation and the guide asked us many times if we understood the story. Otard offers a slice of history with it's tasting and the tour is informative. We opted to upgrade to the 20 € tour and were happy to enjoy an older and richer blend.... More 

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London
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95 reviews 95 reviews
29 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

As with all these tours, it is well scripted and managed to an hour your time. Again, get the booklet from the Tourist office and get a discount on the price of the tour. Yes, as reported by others, interesting tour of the old castle and then to the Cognac house. As with houses based in the city, little cognac... More 

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United Kingdom
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152 reviews 152 reviews
15 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Our tour, which lasted about an hour and a half was interesting and informative. The first part of the tour was about the history of the castle before continuing on to the production of the Cognac and the tastings. Our guide spoke good English, but her knowledge did not extend far beyond her script. Although we enjoyed our visit, we... More 

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The combination of a history lesson, a tour of a castle and then a shot or two of cognac is an absolute winner. Learning that Baron Otard was a fellow Scot was quite a surprise. The tasting has introduced me to a drink which I may come to appreciate as much as a good Scottish malt whisky (that's maybe going... More 

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Weston, Florida
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125 reviews 125 reviews
59 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

There are 2 parts to the visit. The first one is a little discovery of the Castle of Francois 1er, the French King who welcomed and befriended Leonardo Da Vinci in France, and the second, the tour of Otard Cognac. You don't visit a lot of the castle but the highlight is a magnificent vaulted room "salle des gardes" designed... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

English tour of both Hennesey and Otard, my group found the Otard tour to be superior. To be able to see the residence of Francois I along with a knowledgable history of the production of cognac was a bonus. Our guide was delightful. Better cognacs were offered at a lesser tour price.

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Napa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Excellent castle and history. I was a little disappointed because there was a group of three people who decided to bring their toddler on the tour.... Bad idea, this probably ruined my experience. When Hugo was talking and explaining the history, the attention always shifted to this little kid, every 30 seconds.. WHY DO YOU BRING YOUR LITTLE KID ON... More 

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Sebastian, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

First, let me say this castle is quite the place to visit. It's where King Francis I was born and was visited by Richard the Lionhart too! Now, they Baron Otard, very high end cognac, is made. It was a perfect visit...impressive and delicious too! We loved it!

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Victoria, Canada
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85 reviews 85 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The tourist office gave us some misinformation about tours for a Sunday but fortunately for us the Trafalgar tour group allowed us to tag along on their tour. This tour was in English and the Otard guide was very conscientious but I think she would have been more comfortable in French or German. Otard has the distinction of the chateau... More 

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Pons, France
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We have visited many of the distilleries in Cognac and had, so far, had pleasant experiences there. We had seen a number of good write-ups of Otard and our guests asked us to take them to one we hadn't been to before, so we chose it. What a disappointment. Compared with several of the others, it was unimpressive. As our... More 

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