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Private day-tour from Angouleme: Facets of Cognac : vine to glass

Private day-tour from Angouleme: Facets of Cognac : vine to glass

By Cognac Tasting Tour
per adult (price varies by group size)
Lowest price guaranteeReserve now & pay laterFree cancellation

Ages 18-80
Duration: 9h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English, French

  • Cognac tastings
  • Driver - cognac expert guide
  • Transportation by a private air-conditioned car or minivan - Bottled water provided
  • Visit of a world famous cognac brand estate ending by a tasting of some products
  • Visit of a craft distillery, meeting the family owner who prosent their products for a tasting.
What's not included
  • Lunch
  • Personal purchases and souvenirs
  • Gratuities

Start:Multiple meeting point options.
  • Option 1
    Angoulême Gare SNCF, 16006 Angoulême, France
    Your guide is waiting for you on the forecourt of Angoulême TGV station. Thus, you may come directly from Paris with a TGV train (high speed train) in around 2 hours.
  • Option 2
    Office de Tourisme Pays d'Angoulême, 1 Pl. de l'Hôtel de ville, 16000 Angoulême, France
    Your guide is waiting for you in front the Tourism office. On request, pick-up may take place at your accommodation if located down-town Angoulême.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16960P6

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age for tastings is 18 years
    • Adult pricing applies to all travellers
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Please note that on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and in July and August, cooperages are closed. The visit is replaced by a winery visit.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 16960P6

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    • Cognac Tasting Tour
      Joined in June 2009
    • Traveler15758823053
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      We had such a great afternoon with Jean-Luc. The bikes were easy to ride and the route we took was not difficult and with very little traffic. We also had very enjoyable and informative gastronomic experiences. Jean-Luc was great company, he answered all of our questions and his knowledge, passion and humour made for a memorable day trip near Cognac. We highly recommend it to everyone who wants to know about Cognac and a historical, technical and artistic appreciation of cognac making.
      Written September 23, 2023
    • seanhG6338QS
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly Recommend
      Great trip and Jean Luc was very knowledgeable and accommodating. Visited a local cognac distillery and a high end vinegar making shop. Definitely recommend.
      Written August 30, 2023
    • onehunter
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An excellent course and a real Masterclass
      Excellent and informative morning with Jean Luc. Fantastic history lesson on the origins of Cognac, how it is made and finally how to taste it. Everything we had wanted from the course. Jean Luc speaks very good English. After we headed off for a lovely lunch at a restaurant recommended by Jean Luc and then onto a small private Cognac producer to buy some small batch Cognac we had tasted earlier.
      Written August 14, 2023
    • Compass61263668158
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I must do when you go to the cognac region!!
      A wonderful experience, Jean-Luc Was an exceptional guide and knew all about the history. Went to our own pace, and the bikes were easy to use. We probably would’ve liked more drinking less riding. 🙂
      Written June 27, 2023
    • Link B
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A True MasterclSs
      I learned so much. Before this class I didn’t understand how to approach tasting cognacs or visiting distilleries. Now I can appreciate cognac more than just taste
      Written May 18, 2023
    • Robert J
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Education in Cognac
      Jean Luc was was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. He and his wife have beautiful BAndB in the heart of the Cognac region. He can also get you an experience with a distiller to give you a more comprehensive education in the art of creating congnac. It was well worth the price and effort to get this experience. Five stars
      Written May 17, 2023
    • bryceb977
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Going the extra Miles!
      I was on a Princess Cruise that docked in La Rochelle, France about 2 and a half hours away from this establishment's Masterclass. Since starting my cruise I wanted desperately to visit the region of Cognac and learn about them, from how they are made to the difference in the soil, aging, and all sorts of other factors that could alter the alcohol. My excursion on Princess Cruise Lines did not meet the minimum number of requirements to staff a tour so we last minute booked this amazing tour which turned out to be far better than the there tour overall. After waiting a while to find a taxi we arrived late for the Masterclass and we didn't speak any French. The owner and his wife were more than accommodating helping us to communicate in French-English with the Taxi driver. We explained our situation to them and how we had to be back at the Cruiseship by a certain time. Off we went to the class and while we did that they kindly organized a taxi for us and explained everything to them beforehand to save us any confusion. The class was amazing and broke down the history, and olfactory stimulation, and we even got to try 4 different Cognacs which we were 'tested' on to try and figure out the 'notes' in the flavor of each one. After our long trek, the Masterclass professor even drove us into town to find our arranged taxi. Their above-and-beyond customer service makes me wish I could rate this place higher. Thank you for making my birthday so special!
      Written April 17, 2023
    • Vacation07700269787
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      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic tour of the Cognac vines!
      Fantastic 2 hours exploring and learning about the vineyards in the Cognac area. Jean-Luc was a fantastic guide, broadening our knowledge of this incredible area. The tour of the Forgeron distillery to finish off the trip was absolutely fantastic as well. Would recommend this to anyone.
      Written January 28, 2023
    • Vacation07700269787
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience with a fantastic Cognac expert!
      Set in a beautiful location in the heart of Cognac country this was an incredible experience. Jean-Luc was an incredible expert. The whole history including the significance of things like the 100 year War was fascinating and I wish Jean-Luc had been my history teacher at school. The tasting was equally brilliant and really helped me understand the flavours, where they came from and what influences their development. This was a very accessible masterclass that didn’t require previous experience. I have done a few of the bigger distillery tours and while they were interesting I would pick Jean-Luc every time! Fantastic and will be recommending to all our guests and friends.
      Written January 25, 2023
    • BYKJ2022
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant experience, do not miss!
      Everything about this experience was great! The rolling hills, the bike ride through (and up and down!) the Vineyards was fantastic. I think the best thing about this tour is Jean-Luc himself. He knows everything about the history of the area and we had some fun and frank conversations about our English heritage and its link to France. I feel as though this wasn't just a trip out but a history tour. It's beautiful here and we have already recommended this to friends and family. A must see! Electric bikes were easy to use and modern Plenty of sights to see A nice relaxing tasting at the end
      Written October 30, 2022
    • MicheleDahl
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great tour!
      Jean-Luc was a wonderful host who to us through some beautiful country. We stopped at waypoints that had interest to everyone. The e-bikes were easy to use and made the ride very comfortable.
      Written October 23, 2022
    • Rod B
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Outstanding Cognac Masterclass
      Jean-Luc is a charming and thoroughly entertaining presenter whose passion for Cognac shines through his masterclass. I gained an understanding from this session that has greatly deepened my love of Cognac and my respect for those who make it.
      Written October 16, 2022
    • Anze P
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The whole experience was superior! Jean Luc was wery nice, friendly and full of knowledge. I recomend it to everyone👍😀
      Written October 10, 2022
    • 767eirike
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Cognac tasting
      This was a fantastic day. Our private guide was very knowledgeable. We learned a lot today. We recommend this tour to all who are visiting Cognac. Many thanks to our guide Jean-Luc.
      Written September 29, 2022
    • I4093URalyssaa
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      An incredibly informative experience.
      This was an incredibly informative lecture and tasting on the history, evolution and art of making Cognac. I was able to gain incredible knowledge from the course and was lucky enough to taste three craft growers Cognacs that I would have not otherwise ever been able to experience. I highly recommend this Masterclass for anyone who wants to gain a rich knowledge of Cognac and how it came to be what it is today.
      Written September 20, 2022
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    3.0 of 5 bubbles2 reviews
    Very good

    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2019
    Excellent tour with good balance btw learning and experiencing.
    We followed end2end process: making the casks (visit1), then grapes > distillation > aging/blending to cognac with tasting (visit2), till how cognac > pineau (visit3)
    Explanation was excellently balanced to ensure the audience (kids aged 10 and adults) never lost track or got bored. Full group feedback: fun, interesting and learned a lot
    Also sufficient time for tasting and purchase ;-)
    Excellent English spoken (we are Dutch speaking)
    Written August 7, 2019
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    John C
    Soulac-sur-Mer, France
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Couples
    Incredibly overpriced although very interesting. I would suggest that you do the various tours individually without going through a tour operator unless money is no object.
    Written October 24, 2023
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    Bonjour, We are happy to see that you found our excursion very interesting. You indicate that our service is expensive. We remind you that it includes the provision of a vehicle all day with a driver-guide who speaks perfect English, just for you. So you didn't waste time looking for places to visit, during the visits you were able to meet the distillery owners, taste their products as much as you wanted and you returned in time to Angoulême station to pick up your train to Paris, in accordance with our commitment made when you booked. Cordialement, Jean-Luc
    Written January 7, 2024
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