Cognac is an alcoholic beverage obtained through the distillation of fine aged wines, which results in a special amber-coloured product at 38-50% alcohol by volume strength.
The name Cognac is only borne by that product aged and distilled in the wine-producing region by the same name in France.
The name “brandy” comes from the Dutch word “brandewijn”, which means “burned wine”. The history of brandy starts in the 16th century, when Dutch sailors started distilling fine wines bought from France in order to preserve them as well as possible. The technique was subsequently perfected in the Cognac region.
Thus, in Romania, the varieties that do not come from the Cognac region in France are referred to as “vinars” (“brandywine”).