While cognac has no direct equivalent of a route du vin or motorists’ tour of local wineries, the Charente region is full of places where you can find out more about how cognac is made, distilled and enjoyed. For cognac-lovers, a trip to the Charente region can quickly turn into something of a pilgrimage. As the birthplace of cognac, the region is steeped in the history of this world-famous spirit.

On the cognac trail
Cognac town centre is the perfect starting point for visitors, offering an information centre buzzing with ideas and advice on where to go and what to do. Or why not follow one of the Etapes du Cognac trails? These themed routes are a great way to learn about the history of cognac and how it is made, taking in the Charente river (originally used for transporting barrels of cognac), as well as the region’s vineyards, buildings and traditions. 

Absolute musts
For those who prefer a more academic approach, Cognac has two museums, one about the local spirit and the other covering the region’s 2,000 years of art and history. The Martell Visitors’ Centre also provides some fascinating insights into the making of cognac.