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The Saint-Vincent Tournante

Saint Vincent 2015

Throughout its existence, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin has innovated events that have become an integral part of the regional customs.

The Saint-Vincent Tournante


The patron saint of growers, Saint Vincent, is also the patron saint of most of the mutual Aid Societies created in the wine-growing villages of Burgundy during the last century. Each one has a statue and a banner. Every year, the "local Saint" is hosted by a different family who keep him under their roof until the following January. Thus, the Saint "tourne", it goes round each village, from year to year, from family to family. In 1938, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin thought up a "Saint-Vincent Tournante" ("revolving" Saint-Vincent). Every year, a different village welcomes all the winegrowers' brotherhoods.
The religious service, the sermon which reminds the congregation of some essential truths, the parade of the brotherhoods, the investiture of the oldest winegrowers as Chevaliers du Tastevin, the presence of the Bishop of the diocese, the opportunity for all to be brought together during the dormant season of the vines, all these factors reveal a real spiritual dimension, a genuine popular feast, a collective life with firm roots in the soul. 


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