History of Pineau des Charentes

Although nobody knows exactly how Pineau des Charentes came into being, legend has it that this was due to a fortuitous accident.

 

In 1589 – the year of Henri IV’s coronation – a winegrower is said to have mistakenly poured grape must into a barrel of Cognac.

 

A few years later, when he needed to use the barrel for a particularly large crop, he discovered a pure, marvellous new drink.

 

Pineau des Charentes was born.