BROTHERWOOD OF SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRUMEURS
Brotherhood created by the Fraternity and and Conviviality of the Wine-growers of Santenay, with the blessing of Saint Vincent de Santenay, their patron saint.
Mutual aid associations
In the 19th century the mutual aid associations were created with the goal of helping sick and grieving members. The fraternities -craftsman and wine-growers - mobilised to carry out the work. Support and mutual aid were the keywords of the brotherhood with a Christian inspiration.
Established in 1856 and modified after the decrees of 1864 and 1870, the association of Santenay took the name of "La Fraternelle". On 25 June 1883 it was registered under Number 59 on the List of Associations of the Côte d’Or. It had 151 members including 76 winegrowers, 17 property owners, 6 barrel makers, 2 wine traders, 2 cultivators, and 3 transporters. There were 45 craftsmen: wood-workers, plasterers, shoemakers, masons, roofers, lathe operators, carpenters, gardeners, stone cutters, top sawers, hotel keepers, accountants, transporters, harness makers, painters, road-maintenance workers, horseshoers, butchers, mail carriers and musicians.
Social advancements, the increase in the size of cultivated lands, the generalisation of insurance and social security resulted in the fraternities losing their economic role. Only a few examples of such fraternities have survived until our times.
In 1938, the most illustrious fraternities of Bachhus: the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, gave back life to these fraternities by creating the Saint Vincent Tournament.
This ceremony that is both religious and secular associates all the wine-growering communitites, by placing them in turn under the protection of Saint Vincent.
The fraternity of Santenay then took on the name of Confrérie de Saint Vincent. Santenay had the honour of receiving the Saint Vincent Tournante for the first time in 1963 and then in 1989.
Bith of the grumage of Santenay
Following the success of the Tournante, the Confrérie de Saint Vincent widened its scope of activities in 1989. It chose the name: Confrérie de Saint Vincent et des Grumeurs de Santenay, in the month of November before the festivities of the Wine Sale of the Hospices of Beaune. The wine-makers wanted to promote their wines, while confirming their link of solidarity and conviviality, in the spirit of the traditions of Burgundy.
Throughout the various event, the Grumeurs de Santenay gather together the lovers of the art of living well and always enhance the fame of the Santenay wines.
During the assemblies, the Grand Counsellor dubs new Grumeurs who promise fidelity to Santenay.
Grumage of Santenay and the New Wine Assembly
The Grumages of Santenay and its new wine assembly takes place on the Saturday before the prestigious wine sale of the Hospices of Beaune, that is scheduled for the 3rd Sunday of November.
Schedule of events :
On Saturday afternoon from 2.30 to 5.30 p.m., all the producers of Santenay are invited to present their last harvest at the village reception hall.
The moment of the inauguration by regional and viticultural personalities, in the presence of professionals, wine lovers and the general public is the unique occasion to discover the organoleptic qualities of the year.
Each year, more than 30 wine-growers personally present to the grumage more than 200 samples of the wines of Santenay and Santenay 1er Cru.
It would perhaps be a good idea to go over the etymology of the French verb grumer, "that which comes from the grume (grape berry)", and which means to taste a young wine when it still has the original aroma of the fruit.
In the evening, the Grumage dinner is served at the Castle Philippe le Hardi. An ensemble of hunters horns and a regional folkloric group provide the entertainment.
The ceremony of enthronement ends the evening and the new members embark upon the mission of carrying the name of Santenay throughout the world.
Wine-growers' festival and the assembly of Saint Vincent
Every year, on the next to the last Saturday in January - the 22 of January is the feast day of their patron saint - the wine-growers of Santenay get together to celebrate fittingly the feast of the saint, who has been their protector since the 16th century..
Schedule of events :
Mass of Saint Vincent celebrated in Notre-Dame du Rosaire Church of Santenay with the participation of the Grand Counsellor in full dress.
Mass is followed by a procession in Santenay and the reception of the statue of Saint Vincent, by a wine-grower, who will be taking care of it during the year. A toast will be served in the fermentation cellar or the reception hall.
During the meal that gathers together the wine-growers, Grumeurs and their friends, new enthronements are the order of the day. The Grand Counsellor in a purple and gold outfit dubs the new grumeurs: "in the name of Saint Vincent,Patron of wine-growers, and Philippe le Hardi, first ambassador of Santenay wines". They are given a medal with a cord that is the colours of Santenay .
A convivial evening ends this day in honour of Saint Vincent, his wine-growers and his wines.
Grumage of the decade, awarding of the golden vine stock of Santenay and the Saint-Jean assembly
For the summer equinox and the feast day of the patron saint of Santenay, Saint John, the grumeurs have another assembly.
Schedule of events
At the end of the afternoon in the gardens of the Castle Philippe le Hardi, a tasting of the prestigious wines of Santenay of the last decade, is hosted by a personality from the world of journalism or gastronomy.
This tasting is the prelude of a gala dinner served in the cellar of the castle. During this meal, the Santenay Vine of Gold and its prize - bottles of Santenay wines representing our best crusis presented. The prize is awarded by the Confrérie des Grumeurs, with the collaboration of the Interprofessional Bureau of Burgundy Wines, to a journalist who has helped promote Santenay through his writings.
The evening is animated by a folkloric group and the Grand Counsellor enthrones the new grumeurs of Santenay.
Besides these assemblies that take place regularly on a fixed date, the Confrérie des Grumeurs de Santenay also organises exceptional assemblies, participates in collective events (reception of artist within the framework of the Cinemagraphic Encounters of Baune), European rallying of the Gastronomic Brotherhood of Dijon…), tasting sessions... Also attentive to its fellow members, innovating to continuously enhance the convivial image of Burgundy and the fame of its Santenay wines.