Are you a motorcyclist looking for picturesque scenery and cultural discoveries? The Charente valley is ideal for you. Our destination offers a unique experience for two-wheel fans !
Once you’re astride your machine, you’ll be seduced by the winding roads that wend their way through the vines, enjoying an undulating scenery on the slopes of Grande Champagne.
Ready? Right, helmet and other protective gear, off you go. Let us guide you on this adventure in the heart of our delightful region.

It’s time to start the Destination Cognac adventure and its treasures !
Start your bike and in 11 minutes you’ll arrive at Bassac.
As you ride through the charming village of Mainxe-Gondeville, you’ll be Impressed by the magnificent houses in dressed stone surrounded by vines. Take some time out to savour the calm of the Charentais countryside and its gentle curves.

The tree-lined park and the little lake by the town hall are a privileged spot to have a break in complete security.
Don’t leave Bassac without wandering along the picturesque rue des Moulins. The terrace of Charentais houses along the branch of the Charente are a delight.
Be careful of kayaks in summer !

Damien Garcia


Talking about water sports, it’s just a few kilometres to Vibrac and its little bridges over the Charente. It’s one of the locals’ preferred spots for a stroll. You can hire a canoe from the local canoe club.

Follow the signs to the branches of the Charente and cross to the other bank, thanks to the numerous bridges. It’s a real pleasure with the bends and the beauty of the scenery.
Open the throttle and head for Châteauneuf-sur-Charente. On the way, a little detour takes you to one of the biggest deposits in Europe, the palaeontologic site at Angeac-Charente where two femurs belonging to sauropods have recently been discovered.

Refreshed, take the D95 to Bouteville.

For the next stage, take the D95 again as far as the cemetery then the first on the right. Join the D699 (La Bergère) towards Bonneuil. You’ll be on one of the best roads in the regions for a motorcyclist as it wends its way through the vineyards, a real delight for two wheelers.

You then have a choice of two :

1. Direction Saint Preuil

Leave Lignières-Sonneville by the D90 towards Saint-Preuil in order to get to Segonzac. The most delightful viewpoint of the region can be found on this road, just follow the signs to the orientation table. Overlooking the vines of the 1st cru of cognac, you’ll have an outstanding view of the territory and perhaps, if the sky is clear, as far as Angoulême !

2. Direction Segonzac

Arrive in Segonzac by the D1. Over a distance of about 10km, this ride promises lots of windy roads that, together with the undulating nature of the area, provide the rider with an experience of dynamic riding.

Destination Cognac – P. Chaillot
Church in the village of Genté

Back on your bike, ride through part of the vineyards on the D24 as far as the village of Genté, our next stop. You’ll discover a little village that belonged to the lordships of Cognac and Merpins.
You can feel the charm of rural life yet be close to the town of Cognac.
If you’ve opted for option 2 to get to Segonzac, don’t miss the orientation table at Genté.

Keep going to Saint-Brice, a commune situated on the north bank of the Charente.
Follow rue de la Maurie that will take you along the river to the next village : Bourg-Charente. You can’t miss the green of the Cognac golf course on your left.

To complete the circuit, ride back to Jarnac between vines and wine-making estates.

Was this content helpful?