Thomas Hine and Co
The House of HINE stands on the banks of the River Charente, deep in Cognac country.
In the ancient cellars behind little has changed in 250 years. Always locked, they protect
the finest vintages. This is one of the oldest houses in Jarnac, and has always been the
company's headquarters. Thomas Hine earned a reputation for being a serious, hard
worker, but not lacking in a good sense of humour. His indepth knowledge of finance and
business, good commercial sense together with his French and English skills gave him
special status. He expanded what was to become the traditional business of the HINE
Company; making bespoke cognacs for English wine merchants. When his fatherinlaw
died, his motherinlaw chose Thomas — rather than one of her own sons — to take
charge of the family cognac business.
In 1817, Thomas gave his name to the company: Thomas Hine & Co. Just a few years
later, in 1822, he died of pneumonia at the age of 47, thirty years after he first arrived in
Jarnac. His eldest son, Thomas Georges, just old enough to take over the reins of the
company was to succeed him, thus continuing the extraordinary story of the Hine family
and HINE cognac — today with its sixth generation. Today the expertise of the family
ancestors continues to live on through Thomas Hine's direct descendants.