In the heart of the Cognac vineyards the Relais de Saint Preuil is a Cognac Guest House in a former 17th-18th Century coaching inn at Saint-Preuil (16 Charente, Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Vineyard Relais guest house
Located near the former Roman road, on one of the many pilgrim routes to St Jacques de Compostelle, Le Relais de Saint Preuil was a small hamlet with a coaching house during the 17th and 18th Centuries. In the 19th Century new buildings were added and the place was converted into a wine estate. It was re-opened as a luxury guest house in 2005. The hotel offers a range of en-suite double rooms and family rooms. Free wifi, Swimming Pool, and on site restaurant. For the current owners Christine and Jean-Luc this is their family home, which is typical of the architecture of the Cognac vineyard. The neighbours are all growers and distillers of Cognac, so there is plenty of advice available for touring the local area and distilleries.
The hotel is at Saint-Preuil in the heart of the Grande Champagne vineyards, a few kilometres south-east of Cognac.
for more info and to check availability at this charming Cognac Guest House see Relais de Saint Preuil
nearby alternative Cognac accommodation: Chateau Hotel l’Yeuse
airport: Bordeaux BOD 60 miles/98km
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Cognac and Brandy
Cognac is a variety of distilled brandy named after the town of Cognac in France. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name, in the French Departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime. For a distilled brandy to bear the name Cognac, its production methods must meet certain requirements. In particular, it must be made from specified grapes, of which Ugni Blanc (known locally as Saint-Emilion) is the one most widely used. The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskies and wine when aged in barrels, and most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement.
This area is made up of 73,000 hectares (180,400 acres) of vineyards of which there are six different growing areas. Grande Champagne is known for making powerful cognacs. The second area is called Petite Champagne, and it is known to make elegant cognacs. Borderies is the third area, and makes well-rounded cognacs with violet aromas. The fourth area is called Fin Bois, and makes fine and elegant cognacs. The last two areas are named Bons Bois and Bois Ordinaires. www.cognac.com