The idea behind CognacExpo began when two friends, Nils Henriksen and Kjetil Hansen, were sharing a bottle of their favourite tipple back in 2011. Discussing their passion, they were keen to learn more about cognac; but not only that, they wanted to share their findings with others as well. And so the idea behind CognacExpo was born.
And we have to say, many a good idea has come about with good friends sharing a bottle of eaux-de-vie…
Combining their love of cognac and their homeland, they decided that they wanted to make something happen in their hometown of Bergen. Cue a host of emails and telephone calls with various different cognac producers.
Together, the team decided to create the largest cognac-event in Scandinavia. And the first of these took place in 2012, and it is getting bigger and better every year.
The event will be taking place at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bryggen in the heart of Bergen, Norway. More than 30 cognac producers are attending, including Hardy, Maxime Trijol, Delamain, Leyrat, A.E.Dor and Chateau Montifaud. Of course, those who visit the exhibition will get plenty of chances to taste different cognacs, as well as the opportunity to talk to the owners, producers and importers of cognac to the Scandinavian shores.
As well as this, there will be a series of master classes presented by different cognac houses. Here the visitor will be able to learn more about the intricacies of making, tasting and purchasing cognac.
We know that Norway has close links with the production of cognac. During the 19th century many Norwegian families put down roots in Cognac, and the likes of Larsen, Jenssen, Bache-Gabrielsen and Braastad forever intertwined the two nations thanks to their love of the brandy produced here.
Today, two per cent of the 100 million litres of cognac sold annually are bought in Norway. This equates to a massive 0.3 litres drunk by every Norwegian on an annual basis (double that which is drunk in Sweden).
The story behind the motivation, why cognac is such an important part of their lives.
Both guys have full time day jobs. Kjetil is a Key Account Manager in the oil industry. Nils holds a similar position in the bakery industry. So their efforts in bringing cognac and CognacExpo to Scandinavia all takes place in their spare time, with the aim of making their event even the ‘greatest gathering of cognac enthusiasts and producers in Scandinavia.’
Naturally, everyone is welcome, and more information can be found