Pineau des Charentes, between tradition and modernity The culture of the vine appeared in Charentes in Roman times; First established in Saintonge, the vineyard then spread to the South, Aunis and Angoumois.
Then the town of Cognac and port on the Charente River acquired a great reputation in the wine trade. If the origin of Pineau des Charentes is not precisely established, it is still a legend which tells that the Pineau des Charentes is not only the fruit of the vine but also that of chance
In 1589, when Henry IV ascended to the throne of France, a Charentais winemaker, during harvest, accidentally poured grape must into a barrel containing water-de-vie from Cognac. It bet again then it is in its wine storehouse.
A few years later, during a bumper harvest, the precious barrel it became necessary. He was surprised to discover a wonderful drink, clear and sunny as the land of Charentes. Pineau des Charentes was born. For over four centuries, winemakers follow the same tradition and the same expertise in developing a unique product and high quality.