In 1791 young Thomas HINE left his home in Dorset, England to seek his fortune
in France. He chose the Cognac region, perhaps because his family, living on the
coast, had engaged in the common practice of smuggling cognac.
Over the years, he raised the art of making cognac to new heights, continuing to develop the business, to which, in 1817, he gave its present name: Thomas HINE & Co.