A series of pictures taken on a visit to a family run cognac distillery in Chaniers, Charente-Maritime.
Some information from Wikipedea about cognac:
Cognac, named after the town of Cognac in France, is a variety of brandy. It is produced in the wine-growing region surrounding the town from which it takes its name, in the French Départements of Charente and Charente-Maritime.
For a distilled brandy to bear the name Cognac, an Appellation d'origine contrôlée, its production methods must meet certain legal requirements. In particular, it must be made from specified grapes, of which Ugni blanc, known locally as Saint-Emilion, is the one most widely used. The brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills and aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais. Cognac matures in the same way as whiskey and wine when aged in barrels. By law Cognac must be aged for at least two years before it can be sold to the public. In fact, most cognacs are aged considerably longer than the minimum legal requirement.
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Royaldevon (40988) 2013-10-11 23:49
Good Morning Stephen,
I have a vision in mind for a distillery and this is certainly not it! This reminds me of the lovely, old farm buildings, usually piggeries, that have been turned into gites.
A well-chosen pov creates an excellent sense of perspective, and draws the viewer rapidly into the scene. The tumbling wall vegetation helps create the sense of age and contrasts well with the textures of the stone.
Have a great w/e,
papagolf21 (105198) 2013-10-12 0:21
Bonjour, cher Stephen,
Encore une image fort appréciée. Nous avons vraiment l'impression d'être au coeur de l'image.
Très bonne présentation de cette distillerie.
Très bonne journée.
besnard (56794) 2013-10-12 0:34
Une bonne présentation de cette distillerie. Ce bâtiment couver de lierre a un certain charme.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-10-12 0:35
Hello Stephen - The building illustrated here looks so humble for such a noble a function. One imagines that a Cognac distillery to be rather smart. This makes me think more in terms of a place where the occupants do a bit of moonshine distilling on the Q.T. Nevertheless an attractive, rustic corner. I especially like the rampant green creepers which festoon the old stone walls. I wonder how many people 'ring the bell'? Have a fine weekend Rosemary
timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-12 3:15
my kind of entrance! Looks so old and rustic and I bet the cognac is wonderful too. Love the greenery here and you excellent composition that makes it look so attractive and appealing. Beautiful!
Enjoy your weekend - Brian.
Sergiom (84337) 2013-10-12 5:26
Le bâtiment forme à la fois une belle diagonale dans l'image et un superbe point de fuite. J'aime beaucoup la végétation qui pousse le long des murs.
Nicou (146688) 2013-10-12 7:43
quelle compo et vue sueprbe quelle perspective sur la façade avec ce lierre tout vert qui fait un merveilleux dessin splendide vue.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (102234) 2013-10-12 9:22
Wow destillery ;)
Good frame and perspective.
COSTANTINO (67274) 2013-10-12 9:25
natural decoration of this old house
in the Nature
a well chosen point of view creates
a fantastic perspective
have a nice weekend
williewhistler (16404) 2013-10-13 12:49
There is no way that I would have guessed that this is the entrance to a Cognac distillery,as others have already stated it appears to be more of an overgrown farm building,just goes to show that we mustn`t judge a book by it`s cover I guess.
The green leaves are a real delight.
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-10-13 23:58
Lovely shot Stephen,
Nice greeneries around the house.Very well done,TFS.
delpeoples (59184) 2013-10-14 18:51
Hi dear Stephen
A mouth watering photo, figuratively and literally. Your description of the aging process made me crave a lovely glass of this nectar. I love the leafy coolness that the photo exudes aswell as the historical building. A fascinating note completes the picture superbly.
ikeharel (74701) 2013-10-19 0:39
Good morning Stephen,
Diagonally angel pic. provided extra DOF on the backyard of the distilery.
Green veg.'s climbers envelope the edifice, maybe cover its ancient walls.
Fine compo., pleasent colors.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (148375) 2013-10-19 6:06
Ciao Stephen, great view of lovely building full of vegetation, wonderful colors, excellent perspective and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Graal (103036) 2013-10-19 9:01
common place but "green wall" is nice. Good reportage and presentation. Well notes and photo-work.
Have a nice evening.
ourania (48684) 2013-10-23 11:02
an interesting and effective composition to present the facade and yard of this old family distillery. I like very much the perspective and the clear details along the facade. This place looks mysterious and accessed only by few. There's a very attractive contrast between the bright green and the more discreeet tones. The depth is inviting and the composition is well balanced by the wall and greenery in the distance. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (103197)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Food
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/22, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-11 23:34