The hidden treasures of exceptional terroirs
Have you ever eaten foie gras, truffles, tasted Grey Goose vodka or Grand Marnier liqueur ?… All this, Cognacs, Pineaux des Charentes, Charentaise wines and much more are produced here at the heart of the cognac region. With all these specialities an original and authentic gastronomy developed serving also Charentaise snails, oysters with their dressing with the Bouteville vinegar, goat’s cheese if not to mention soufflé with cognac and pineau.
The cognac area owns a very dense and diversified heritage with several cities to discover. There one would glance through a book on French History or on architecture : Angoulême and its cathedral St-Pierre, the Roman spas and the Arch of Romanicus in Saintes, the old harbours at La Rochelle, Rochefort, its naval dockyards and the legendary Ship L’Hermione of La Fayette and many other places of prime interest.
The Charente river
370 km long, the Charente river flows from Châronnac in Haute Vienne department to the Atlantic Ocean near Rochefort. This wide and beautiful river was described by the king Henri the 4th as “the loveliest stream in my kingdom”.
The Romanesque Art
By the end of the first millennium, many sanctuaries were built in Angoumois, Aunis, Poitou and Saintonge regions along the pilgrimage ways to St-Jacques de Compostelle. This gave birth to the Romanesque Art : a new architectural fine art. The inside of churches was very simple with very expressive sculptures and extraordinary frescos carved in local chalky stones. Do not miss churches at Aulnay de Saintonge, Talmont, Saint-Preuil, Bourg-Charente, Bouteville or the abbey of Bassac and the abbey of Fontdouce.
Leisure and Corporate events
The cognac vineyards are a land varied and rich enough to offer breaks and escapes out of the beaten tracks, to offer hidden locations for seminars or incentive, opportunities for leisure such as horse ridding, golf courses, canoeing on the Charente river…
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