A retro safari through cognac vineyards or buzzing wine tourism

For the past five years, he has been taking visitors on an unusual tour through his estate, which covers twenty-five hectares…

For five years, he has been inviting visitors to take him on an unusual tour through his estate, which covers twenty-five hectares. A “Retro Safari” With taste at the end of the road. The procedure is intended “authentic”. Behind the machine, where six people can sit, “The seats are very basic.”, laughed Frederic Bourgoin, opening the door with a shout. And for good reason. Comfy (yes!) straw bales serve as benches. “While walking, we have donkeys in the hay, it smells and it turns upside down”, epitomizes this history-loving winemaker who immerses those who listen to him in the history of cognac. It all starts in the family estate building, Tarsac, with an architectural point. Arms open wide, eyes fixed on large ivy-covered facades, “These buildings on the Charente are called frontiers.”Published by Frederic Bourgoin. The word comes from English border Because of these sets which form a closed premises »He distilled again before designating a ballet house, a modest and simple peasant dwelling. “Toward the end of the Ancien Regime, the development of trade for cognac producers with England and the prosperity of the latter” Who then looked much bigger in terms of construction. “But about their shortcomingsFrederic mocks Bourgoin Where ceiling heights are often insufficient, fireplaces are not deep enough and windows are not large enough to let in light. »

The idea is to go further than cognac.

“The concept of this safari also goes further than cognac”Frederick’s (soon-to-be) wife Rebecca continued. “It’s also a question of getting children or people who don’t drink alcohol on board.”who worked for a major cognac house, across the Channel, for over ten years.

Fancy picnic

The rest of the tour is buzzing. Go to domain. The van quickly leaves the bitumen to attack the white roads whose machine’s suspension allows us to appreciate every jolt. It is seriously shaking inside, which is not without amusement to the writer or photographer of this report. Windows open, ignoring the engine’s whine, Frédéric Bourgoin sets to work “Reading the Landscape”. First stop at the edge of the plot. “There are 250 vines per hectare”Frederic Bourgoin says. “In Saint-Emilion, we are over 10,000 and on the same surface. » The winemaker also talks about the grape variety, the lift, the operator’s moments of solitude. and its organic transformations. Some parts of life that couples generously provide. “Because you have to love people to visit like this.”They agree to comment. “We didn’t want the participants to have to face a young trainee who spits out a text learned by heartassured Frederick Bourgoin. Either we do or we don’t. » The field trip ends at “Observatory”The stone habitat is placed in the middle of the plot and on which tourists (unprofessionals, we know, high points) can climb. “Chick Picnic” Possible under almond trees. The 360 ​​degree view is delightful. Taste, no less.

Package including distillery visit and tasting: €75/adult, children free.


Straw bales serve as benches.

Photo by Julie Desbois

The DB4, which dates back to the 1960s, has been completely restyled.


The DB4, which dates back to the 1960s, has been completely restyled.

Photo by Julie Desbois

The visit ends with a foray into the repository.


The visit ends with a foray into the repository.

Photo by Julie Desbois

And more….

Dudeuche. At Domaine de la Chevalerie, the 2CV awaits you in the middle of the grounds, a gleaming antique on wheels ready to embark on a scenic journey through the vineyards of Saint-Amant-de-Nuerre, the stronghold of this beautiful family estate. Pinau, cognac, wine and grape juice. Tour the estate in a 2CV Duration with tasting in the vineyard: 2 hours (25€/person). For example. : 06 70 55 77 26.
By electric scooter. “Trott’in Charente”, located in Criteuil-la-Magdeleine, offers all-terrain electric scooter rides, notably in the heart of the vineyard. The exit is from the Landreau domain. Visitors, equipped with a GPS, survey the plot for an hour or two. Price: €20/hour. Reservations are possible at trott.in.charente@gmail.com or 07 63 44 32 47.
quadrilateral For a year now, Thomas Ly has been offering quad biking from Angeac-Champagne. A unique way to discover the vineyards of Grande Champagne up close. An 80 km circuit through vineyards and woods, up to Bouteville. Count between €85 (for 1h30) and €435 (for 7 hours). More information at 5quads.fr.

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