Monthly Archives: January 2014

Cruising the canals and rivers in France has more to offer that you may think , passengers cruising on the luxury Barge Apres Tout will have the opportunity to visit these wonderful vineyards during our season which runs from April to October.

JANUARY – St Vincent Wine Festival.
Every year in Burgundy we celebrate the St Vincent wine festival. The official date of which is the 22nd of January, but is celebrated during the third weekend of January. St Vincent was a Spanish martyr from the 4th century, and is the patron saint of wine growers. The ‘itinerant’ wine festival was started in 1938 by the confederation of the Chevaliers de Tastevin (Brotherhood of the Knights of the wine tasting cup). The first edition took place in the village of Chambolle Musigny, and moves to a different Burgundy wine village each year. This year the festival was in the village of St Aubin. St Aubin is in the Cote de Beaune, and borders the prestigious villages of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. The production is 75% white wine and 25% red.

It begins very early in the morning with vignerons (wine-makers) from different villages who parade through the vineyard and the chosen village, which has been beautifully decorated for the occasion, carrying a carved wooden statue of St Vincent supported on the shoulders of several bearers. There is then a religious mass in the local church where the statues are blessed, and a blessing is pronounced to ask for protection of the vineyard and a good harvest in the coming year. The religious ceremony is followed by the induction of several of the local wine-makers, who become Knights of the Tastevin.

Then the fun begins! The wine makers open their cellars to the public. Visitors buy a specially engraved wine glass, and with this they are given several tickets that are then exchanged for a glass of wine at the different cellars. The streets are full of merry makers, artisans and artists, and it’s a great opportunity to promote the wines of the village to visitors from near and far. This years festival was a resounding success with a total of approximately 50,000 visitors during the weekend in this tiny village of 250 inhabitants!!

Thanks once again to the amazing Miss Pinot Noir !

Posted on: 30 Jan 2014
Posted by: Rory & Caroline Mcrae