Photographer's Note

A view of the wine cellars and distillery in the village of Saint-Sorlin-De Conac.

Saint-Sorlin-de-Conac is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France. Its name is thought to be a corruption of Saint-Saturnin.

It is a small picturesque village set amongst the marshes of the Gironde Estuary with a falling population, recorded as 199 in 2006. In the 19th century it had a thriving port of the Gironde (port de Cosnac) with many coastal steamers plying their trade along the river. Nowadays, the local economy is dependent on agriculture and the production of cognac and Pineau des Charentes, a local highly recommended aperitif.

For those who are interested here's a link to an article on the French Wikipedea site about the history and production of Pineau des Charentes.

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