A trip to Cognac would not be complete without a visit to at least one of the big four cognac houses – Hennessy, Rémy Martin, Martell or Courvoisier.
Hennessy, founded in 1765, is the largest Cognac house. Hennessy’s eaux-de-vie are aged exclusively in french oak from either the Limousin or Tronçais forests.
Hennessy produces the best-selling cognac in the world, Hennessy VS (very special). The VS designation accounted for 50% of all cognac sales in 2016 and Hennessy’s was the largest selling cognac in the VS category. Hennessy produces a wide range of cognac, including, Hennessy VSOP Privilege, Hennessy XO, Hennessy Paradis, Hennessy Paradis Imperial and Richard Hennessy . Hennessy also often produces limited edition cognacs from time to time.
The Hennessy headquarters are in Coganc, France. The Hennessy facilities flank the right and left banks of the Charente River.
Visitors to Hennessy are greeted at their newly redesigned visitor’s center. A ferry takes tour goers across the river to the exhibition center where a history and craft of the House of Hennessy is provided. From the exhibition center, visitors walk to the Hennessy aging cellar for a tour of the site where Hennessy eaux-de-vie are matured in French oaken barrels.
After visiting the Hennessy exhibition center and aging cellar, and having gained an appreciation of the history and craft of cognac making, visitors embark the Ferry to take them back to the other side of the Charente for a guided cognac tasting. After the tasting, visitors are invited to the Hennessy boutique where Hennessy products may be purchased.
For more information on Hennessy tours and to book a visit https://www.hennessy.com/us/heritage/visit/
Rue de la Richonne – BP20
16101 Cognac cedex – France
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