The Middle Ages


The Charente basin: Trade-oriented from the start

Commerce du selThe vineyards of Poitou produced wines that were appreciated in countries bordering the North Sea. They were transported on on Dutch ships, which had come seeking the salt from the coast.

As early as the Middle Ages, the Charente River gave birth to a mentality favouring international trade.

Indeed, this navigable river was nicknamed the “walking Path” by the Romans, for it provided coastal ships easy access to the heart of the Poitou-Charentes.

From this period on, vineyards spread progressively deeper into the country, to the Saintonge and Angoumois regions.

The city of Cognac was already distinguishing itself for its wine trade, in addition to its salt storage activities dating back to the 11th century.