Cognac Wine

 

Table wine production has existed in the Cognac region of France since the Romans first planted grapes for cultivation in ancient times. But Cognac as a brandy was born from serendipitous events in the 16th century, when the Dutch began trading with France for goods such as salt, wood and wine, transporting these commodities along the River Charente. They found the wine would often suffer in the journey back, so they took to transforming it into eau-de-vie, which also made it easier to store on board the ships. The Dutch began referring to this spirit as “brandewijn,” which means “burnt wine,” referring to the cooking aspect of distillation. Eventually this shortened to just “brandy.” Distillers realized the brandy would be smoother with a second distillation, and benefit from aging in barrels as with table wine. The name Cognac became synonymous with this special local brandy. In 1909, the name became official and in 1936, it was given its own AOC (Appellation Read more »

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