Saint Vincent Tournante – Burgundy wine annual eventFebruary 1st, 2012 | Posted by in French wine
Each year, in Burgundy, there’s a wine event called Saint Vincent tournante. Saint Vincent was a deacon in the 4th century in Saragosse, Spain. He was tortured because of his faith and died on the 22nd of January, 304.
There is a lot of different stories to explain why he became the Saint of the wine growers. It seems that the most simple is the true one. In “Vincent”, spoken in French, you ear : Vin – Sang, that you can translate in Wine – Blood. So, for Vin, it seems easy to understand. But why blood ? Because St Vincent was tortured with the same kind of device used to press the grapes ……
Now-days, every 22nd of January there is a parade in the vineyard following a statue of St Vincent and 2 Catholic masses in Dijon and Beaune, the 2 main towns of this Burgundy region. At the end of the day, new members of the Confrérie des Chevaliers de Tastevin are enthroned.
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