We’re running a very special competition this week for a chance to win a VIP trip to the House of Hine Cognac in France and taste with cellar master Eric Forget. What a prize!

Maison Hine is situated in an actual house in Jarnac on the banks of the river Charente in the heart of the Cognac region. It’s a beautiful spot where it feels like time has stood still since Thomas Hine, who was originally from Devon, founded the house in the 18th century.

Since then, Hine has become one of the most respected names in Cognac, famous for its elegant spirits and in particular its vintage offerings. The Hine family used to live in the house by the river but it’s now used for entertaining very important friends of the firm. Lucky visitors can enjoy the pool, beautiful grounds, luxurious bedrooms and best of all a library of old Hine vintages stretching back decades.

Win a VIP trip to the House of Hine Cognac

It is very much not open to the public. Hine doesn’t let just anyone visit and you can’t buy your way in. But we’re offering a chance for customers to become very important friends of the firm for two days. You’ll be able to revel in the old-world luxury of the house and enjoy a tasting of rare Cognacs with cellar master Eric Forget. We had the privilege of meeting and tasting with M. Forget in 2019. This is a trip of a lifetime for spirit lovers. We’re a bit jealous, it has to be said. 

House of Hine, Jarnac

The House of Hine on the river Charente

Your trip will include:

– Standard or economy flight travel for two people from any airport in the United Kingdom to Bordeaux;

-Accommodation in Jarnac for two nights for two people.

-A full in-depth tour of the house and historic cellars, a guided tour through the vineyards and at the distillery, the opportunity to taste a wide range of Hine cognacs and meet with Hine cellar master Eric Forget.

-Additional activities such as a barbecue around the pool, canoeing on the river Charente, or a visit to the town of Cognac (time of the year dependant, and subject to availability.)

How to enter:

So how do I become one of these extremely important friends of the firm? Well, it’s very easy. All you have to do is buy a bottle of delicious Hine Rare VSOP Cognac, and you will be automatically entered. That’s it! There are no forms to fill out, hoops to jump through or Krypton Factor-esque mental and physical tests. Phew!

MoM House of Hine Competition 2021 is open to entrants 18 years and over. Entries accepted from 12:00:01 BST on 1 June to 23:59:59 BST on 20 June 2021. Winners chosen at random after close of competition. Prizes not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash equivalent. Date and travel restrictions apply. Multiple entries are allowed. Postal route available. See full T&Cs for details.