Museum of the History of Cognac in Moscow, description and tasting

Excursion: Moscow – Museum of Cognac History (with tasting) Excursion code: 9003

Last year we were in the Museum of the History of Vodka, which is located in the Izmailovsky Kremlin. It turned out that apart from vodka there is one more museum in Moscow, devoted to this alcoholic drink – the Museum of History of Cognac. It is located at Rechnoi Vokzal metro station. I sometimes encountered references to it on the Internet, but I have never been there myself.

From the Rechnyi Vokzal to the Museum of History of Cognac you can take a bus number 851, 199 or a fixed-route taxi number 105 to the stop “The Moscow Canal”. This is the second or third stop from the River Station. It is not a long way, about 7 minutes. From metro station Voykovskaya – by trolleybus №43 or fixed-route taxi №309, the stop is the same. The museum is located on the territory. If you go from the river station, the stop is right opposite the plant. It is hidden behind the trees, so it is not very visible.

It is better to come 10 minutes before the tour. If earlier, you will have to wait longer at the entrance, and okay, if the weather is good. In rain or snow, the only place where you can take cover is a store at the plant, which sells its own production of cognac and wine.

At exactly 15:00 (the time when the tour of the museum was scheduled), the door of the gate opened and we were finally allowed into the factory. Do not forget to take your passport, without it you can not go through. They also warn you about it when you sign up for the tour.

The tour began with an introduction by the guide. You can see the video below.

The tour guide’s name was Julia, she was a nice girl, you could see that she really liked what she was talking about. There were no typical official notes in her story like during the tour around the Diamond Fund or something like “look here, here you see so-and-so”.

I enjoyed the tour and here are some photos from the Cognac History Museum.

Alambic in the museum of cognac history

The French alambic or distillation cube in which cognac is made.

Filling machine

The process of making cognac barrels

The process of making cognac barrels

Finished cognac barrel

Ready cognac barrel

A floor clock from the Charente department whose hands always indicate the time of the Cognac region.

A floor clock from the Charente department whose hands always show the time of the Cognac region. This exceptional 1850 Cognac clock is in mint condition and chimes twice an hour. Such a watch is an indispensable attribute of the wine house of the Cognac region in France. Traditionally, jewelers gave it as a wedding gift to newlyweds who bought wedding rings from them.

Storage room with barrels of Cognac

Storage room with barrels of cognac

Aromatic table and cupboard with stoves

Aromatic table and cupboard with stoves

Topettes with ready cognac spirits

Topholes with finished cognac spirits.

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Bottles of dam-jane designed for storing finished cognac spirits

Immersed in darkness, the most precious objects of the cognac vault are the glass bottles of dam-jane, braided with willow and age-old cobwebs. They are designed to store the finished cognac spirits, often made by the distant great-grandfathers of today’s vineyard owner. They are assigned the most honorable place of storage, where it is customary to speak in a half-whisper and in a respectful intonation, so as not to disturb the priceless drink. This place is called simply and stylishly “paradis” in French, or “paradise” in Russian.

After the story about the history of the origin of cognac and the technology of its production, we moved on to the most interesting part of the tour – the tasting. In Russia, as a rule, cognac is drunk in the same way as vodka – at a gulp. It turns out that it’s not the right way to drink it. There are some rituals in cognac that you can/should have before drinking it and you should drink it differently in order to experience the whole flavour of the drink. We were given three kinds of cognac for the tasting: four, six and eight years old. In general, I don’t like cognac, I prefer wine. I didn’t like any of them, neither the four-year, nor the eight-year. The process itself was interesting: to smell, look at the light, see the drips (the older the cognac, the longer they form).

At the cognac tasting.

After the end everyone who was on the tour was given discount coupons for buying cognac. We didn’t use them, because my friend wasn’t a fan of cognac either. We went to the other store near our house and got a good wine. It’s a shame that they spend so much of it to make cognac.

Why us?

The staff at the Bureau “Vysota” is pleased to offer the most interesting and exciting programs for any group. Read the excursion schedules on our site and choose the one you like. The consultants will answer all your questions, and also they will help you to order the excursion for the best price.

All trips are organized on technically sound and clean transport. Our driver always prepares for the trip and chooses the best route allowing for traffic jams, general traffic and the day of the week. The bus passes regular maintenance, inspection prior to the trip and sent to the wash. You can count on a comfortable cabin, equipped with air conditioning, comfortable seats and seat belts.

Main expositions of the museum

Many visitors mistakenly believe that the Museum of the History of Cognac is an ennobled drinking establishment, where you can try different varieties of the noble beverage. However, in fact, the complex performs a wide range of functions, and visitors are taken on a fascinating journey into the history of the appearance of cognac.

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Among the most notable expositions of the museum complex are:

  • A collection of utensils used to store and prepare cognac drinks. It has long been believed in France that only the use of tableware made of natural wood of walnut and oak will give the noble drink a wonderful and unique flavor, as well as interesting notes of taste. All tableware is displayed in a separate room, and if they wish, visitors can try cognac from a real wooden glass, and see how the drink “ripens” in oak barrels.
  • An exhibition of cognacs from different regions of the world. In the basement room you can see a huge variety of bottles with the noble beverage, made in different countries. There are exhibits, which are already several hundred years old, as well as young Russian versions. Besides, one can admire many variations of cognac bottles and drinking utensils.
  • Technological achievements. They are exhibited in several halls and here one can see the most unusual technological exhibits, thanks to which cognac is produced. Many of the pieces of equipment, which are here, are represented in our country in single copies.
  • The art of tasting. Specially trained sommeliers will conduct master-classes on cognac tasting, and teach visitors to distinguish different varieties and shades of the noble beverage and tell about the art of drinking. Thanks to the professional advice the taste of the noble beverage will show itself in full measure and bring pleasure to the connoisseurs of alcoholic beverages.

Museum of Cognac History

Peculiarities of the museum complex

The Museum of Cognac in Moscow has become a real sensation in the Russian society. It is the first institution of such kind which not only gives an opportunity to taste unique sorts of the noble beverage but also tells about all stages of cognac production development in different countries.

The idea to create such an institution in our country appeared after the representatives visited the famous French wineries. Each of them has its own museum complex, which acquaints the visitor with the presented products and reveals the secrets of the production processes. No wonder that immediately after the opening of the museum a huge number of visitors began to go here.

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The museum building itself is a work of architectural art. Because winemaking was born in France, which was the birthplace of the noble cognac, the building was arranged in the typical architectural appearance, typical of the province of Charente. The furniture and equipment for the museum were partly brought from France and partly assembled in our country. Visitors will be amazed by unique collections of walnut crockery, various household expositions and the real distillation cube, which can’t be seen anywhere else in Russia.

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Museum of Cognac History

Tasting

We can safely and unashamedly say that our wine cellar conducts the best wine and spirits tastings in Moscow. Only the best samples of wines and other drinks are chosen for tastings, and lectures are conducted by specialists with the best and most extensive knowledge, which they supplement and update daily. We wish you an enjoyable and fascinating time at our master classes!

Types of tastings and prices!

Cognac: Influence of the regions on the taste of the drink.

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 samples of cognac, light refreshment, bottle of water.

Duration 60-90 minutes

Group of 2-12 people

2.Premium Cognacs: the older, the better?

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 samples of cognac, light refreshment, bottle of water.

Duration 60-90 minutes

Groups of 2 -12 people.

3 World Brandies.

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 samples of brandy, light refreshment, bottle of water.

Duration 60-90 minutes

Groups of 2 -12 people.

4.Blended vs Single Malt Whisky: Details.

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 whisky samples, light refreshment, bottle of water.

Duration 60-90 minutes

Groups of 2 -12 people.

5.Scottish Islands: Is There a Difference?

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 whisky samples, light refreshment, bottle of water.

Duration 60-90 minutes

Groups of 3-12 people

6.Single Malt Whisky: Influence of the Cask on Whisky.

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 whisky samples, light refreshment, bottle of water.

Duration 60-90 minutes

Groups of 5-12 people.

7.Wine of France: Red Bordeaux, how to choose the right wine?

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 wine samples, light refreshment, bottle of water.

Duration 60-90 minutes

Group of 4-12 people

8. Wines of France: White wine, which is better and what is the difference?

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 wine samples, light refreshment, bottle of water.

Duration 60-90 minutes

Group of 4-12 people

9. Premium wines of France: Bordeaux Grand Cru and not only.

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 wine samples, premium snack, bottle of water.

Duration 90-120 min.

Group of 4-12 people

10. Super-premium wines of France: Bordeaux First and Second Cru.

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 wine samples, premium snack, bottle of water.

Duration 90-120 min.

Group of 4-12 people

11. Wines of Italy: Italy in all its glory.

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 wine samples, light refreshment, bottle of water.

Duration 90-120 min.

Group of 4-12 people

12. Premium Wines of Italy: the best Italian wines, what are they?

Description: lecture, tasting of 5 wine samples, premium snack, bottle of water.

Duration 90-120 min.

Group of 4-12 people

All of the above options of tastings can take place on an offsite basis. Also, tastings can be arranged according to your preferences and wishes!

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Free tastings.

Our store hosts free wine and spirits tastings with the producers and their representatives. To get to this event you need to leave your phone number at the cashier in the store. Our staff will tell you in advance by phone about the forthcoming tasting and the category of drinks that will be on it. Whiskey.Ru store is your guide to the world of right alcohol!

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Description

Tasting cognac (from French degustation – to taste) is a fascinating process. There is a special etiquette of cognac tasting. To begin with, one must choose appropriate glasses, pour a small amount of cognac and touch the outer wall with a finger. Then you must see if you can see fingerprints on the other side of the glass. If so, you have a top quality cognac in front of you. Come and taste several types of this exquisite drink yourself. The entire cognac ceremony is designed for your exquisite enjoyment and relaxation.

This experience is included in the following gifts (1):

Perfection of Taste Tastings for true gourmets and connoisseurs 10999 rubles. Already in cart

Museum of Cognac History

Last year we were in the Museum of the History of Vodka in Izmaylovsky Kremlin. It turned out that except of vodka in Moscow there is one more museum, devoted to this alcohol beverage – Museum of History of Cognac. It is located at the Rechnoi Vokzal metro station. I sometimes encountered references to it on the Internet, but I have never been there myself.

From the Rechnyi Vokzal to the Museum of History of Cognac you can take a bus number 851, 199 or a fixed-route taxi number 105 to the stop “The Moscow Canal”. This is the second or third stop from the River Station. It is not a long way, about 7 minutes. From metro station Voykovskaya – take trolleybus №43 or minibus №309 to the museum; the stop is the same. The museum is located at the KiN Cognac plant. If you go from the river station, the stop is right in front of the plant. It is hidden behind the trees, so it is not very visible.

It is better to come 10 minutes before the tour. If earlier, you will have to wait longer at the entrance, and okay, if the weather is good. In rain or snow, the only place where you can take cover is a store at the plant, which sells its own production of cognac and wine.

At exactly 15:00 (the time when the tour of the museum was scheduled), the door of the gate opened and we were finally allowed into the factory. Do not forget to take your passport, without it you can not go through. They also warn you about it when you sign up for the tour.

The tour began with an introduction by the guide. You can see the video below.

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The tour guide’s name was Julia, she was a nice girl, you could see that she really liked what she was talking about. There were no typical official notes in her story like during the tour around the Diamond Fund or something like “look here, here you see so-and-so”.

I enjoyed the tour and here are some photos from the Cognac History Museum.

Alambic in the museum of cognac history

The French alambic or distillation cube in which cognac is made.

Filling machine

The process of making cognac barrels

The process of making cognac barrels

Tools used to make cognac barrels

Finished cognac barrel

Ready cognac barrel

A floor clock from the Charente department whose hands always indicate the time of the Cognac region.

A floor clock from the Charente department whose hands always show the time of the Cognac region. This exceptional 1850 Cognac clock is in mint condition and chimes twice an hour. Such a watch is an indispensable attribute of the wine house of the Cognac region in France. Traditionally, jewelers gave it as a wedding gift to newlyweds who bought wedding rings from them.

Storage room with barrels of Cognac

Storage room with barrels of cognac

Aromatic table and cupboard with stoves

Aromatic table and cupboard with stoves

Topettes with ready cognac spirits

Topholes with finished cognac spirits.

Bottles of dam-jane designed for storing finished cognac spirits

Immersed in darkness, the most precious objects of the cognac vault are the glass bottles of dam-jane, braided with willow and age-old cobwebs. They are designed to store the finished cognac spirits, often made by the distant great-grandfathers of today’s vineyard owner. They are assigned the most honorable place of storage, where it is customary to speak in a half-whisper and in a respectful intonation, so as not to disturb the priceless drink. This place is called simply and stylishly “paradis” in French or “paradise” in Russian.

After the story about the history of the origin of cognac and the technology of its production, we moved on to the most interesting part of the tour – the tasting. In Russia, as a rule, cognac is drunk in the same way as vodka – at a gulp. It turns out that it’s not the right way to drink it. There are some rituals in cognac that you can/should have before drinking it and you should drink it differently in order to experience the whole flavour of the drink. We were given three kinds of cognac for the tasting: four, six and eight years old. In general, I don’t like cognac, I prefer wine. I didn’t like any of them, neither the four-year, nor the eight-year. The process itself was interesting: to smell, look at the light, see the drips (the older the cognac, the longer they form).

At cognac tasting in a museum of cognac history

At cognac tasting in a museum of cognac history

At cognac tasting in a museum of cognac history

At the cognac tasting.

After the end everyone who was on the tour was given discount coupons for buying cognac. We didn’t use them, because my friend wasn’t a fan of cognac either. We went to the other store near our house and got a good wine. It’s a shame that they waste so much of it to make cognac.

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