The town is famous all over the world thanks to cognac, the grape-based spirit that has been made here for the past 300 years. Today the town of Cognac continues to revolve around the spirit, its fortunes rising and falling according to the popularity of the drink.
Walk around the old town: here the narrow streets are a mix of narrow medieval timber framed houses that once housed the workers and the grander mansions of the wealthy merchants. Points of interest include the window called ‘King’s balcony’ which is half way along Rampe du Chateau. Amongst the decoration are two salamanders, the insignia of King François 1 found throughout this part of town.