Cognac is one of the most notorious locations for its blend of natural beauty, history, activities, food and drink, as well as the legendary wineries and vineyards themselves. The region’s famous terroir as well as its long standing stone chateaus make for a picturesque backdrop to a wedding, bringing together some of the most romantic locations ever with the most romantic and special day of your life.
But there’s so much more to planning a trip to this amazing locale – and an extended stay with a wedding would not be complete without some additional things to enjoy and explore – so we thought we’d put together the top five things that make a Cognac wedding unforgettable.
Reason 1 – Romantic Climate And Locale
The Cognac area is legendary not only for fine wines and vineyards but also for its climate. The rolling hills and valleys which contain the vines also offer picturesque scenes and the sea breeze rolling in from the east from the Atlantic ocean makes the climate very fresh and attractive for young couples looking to explore. Environmental landmarks include the public gardens in the town of Cognac, as well as many different locations which can be visited via car or bicycle if your group is more sporty.
The town itself has many examples of classical French architecture, including a selection of unusual and interesting buildings in the town’s cobbled old quarter – many built between the 15th and 18th centuries. Dining outdoors in the town is also classically French, with many places to get an intimate meal outdoors as the shadows of the evening lengthen. Restaurateurs in Cognac offer many high class and top rated restaurants, including a Michelin star dining location at La Ribaudière.
Reason 2 – Beautiful Vineyards And Venues To Visit
The main thing people flock to Cognac for is the experience of visiting vineyards. The region is home to six legendary locations or ‘terroir’ for growing vines. These are hundreds of years old, exuding an air of old-world romance that many people in love desire at some point in their lives. Each terroir is not only a location based on soil quality, but also climate, drainage, and even the way the sun hits the slopes the vines live on. All of this is said to affect the final composition of the wine.
Visiting vineyards in the 6 terroirs can be an unforgettable experience, with generations of winemaking experience on display, as well as lots of information on how Cognac is distilled into spirit form. There are many different tours and opportunities to book a visit either online or through local tourist board in the town of Cognac, and if your whole family has come for the occasion there’s enough to do for everyone.
Reason 3 – An Abundance Of Locally Grown Beverages
The end result of so many generations of winemaking is a selection of some of the finest wines in France, as well as the Cognac brandy we all know and love so well. Tasting tours are also available, but for those who like to indulge in fine wines in romantic venues, Cognac has much much more to offer – particularly in the restaurants and chateaus where diners enjoy the best of French local cuisine and the best of the wine.
There are also tours available for those who are fans of the big name brands such as Martell, Remy Martin, and even smaller organic growers like Jean Luc Pasquet. Keen followers of specific companies can get to know their favourite Cognac up close and personal. If you like to eat with your beverages, a lot of the currently offered wine tasting tours also offer ‘food and wine tours’ too, so there’s really something for everyone if you have a large wedding party who are keen to sample absolutely everything while they stay.
Reason 4 – Close To The Sea
A short train journey from Cognac lies the Atlantic Ocean to the east, specifically the Bay of Biscay. If you’re looking to see the ocean or visit some beaches you’ll probably want to take a day trip to somewhere near La Rochelle or Rocheforte on the Atlantic coast. Again these are major tourist towns, especially during the Summer and early Autumn season, which are of course great times for couples to get married.
There are some charming smaller seaside areas as you travel down the coast from Rocheforte, and if you keep going south you eventually end up in another famous coastal winemaking icon – Bordeaux. The surrounding Parc naturel régional des Landes de Gascogne has some of the most picturesque coastal areas in the whole country.
Reason 5 – Amazing Places To Stay
Of course the one thing about Cognac that makes it stand out is the array of hotels, particularly those in the chateaus and former distilleries, that are available for weddings to take place at and for all the guests to stay at. Guests can surround themselves with the hundreds of years of history, as well as take in some of the most romantic vistas that Cognac has to offer.
The particular former distillery here at La Vue is just about the pinnacle of what you can expect from a Cognac wedding location – with small cottages as well as places to stay in the original manor house. Things started off when the original buildings were built in the 17th century and today La Vue offers some of the most luxurious accommodation in the local area, including both self catering and catered rooms and is located in the heart of some of the most romantic vineyard country in the world.
If you’d like to find out more about staying visiting La Vue, visiting Cognac, or inquire about wedding options, you can download our wedding brochure here. All our contact details are inside and we’d be happy to get in touch if you have more queries.