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Saint Vincent’s day

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Vincent of Zaragoza, the patron saint of winegrowers, commemorated on 22nd January, was a 4th-century deacon and martyr.
Saint Vincent’s Day is one of the three major annual gatherings of our Commanderie. The location varies from year to year, either in the Medoc, in Graves, Sauternes or in Barsac, or even in Bordeaux, our regional capital.

The Saint Vincent’s Day celebration is always friendly and relaxed, bringing together the people who work all year round in the vineyards, wineries and other estate services, or for merchants or brokers.

The festivities start with Mass, celebrated by the Archbishop of Bordeaux, who is also the Grand Chaplain of the Commanderie, followed by an investiture ceremony, honouring a number of new Commandeurs d’Honneur. Between 600 and 1,000 guests then enjoy lunch, in a friendly, festive atmosphere, so conducive for memorable wine tastings!

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Monday 7 March 2022

Saint Vincent's day

Saint-Rémi Bacalan Church in Bordeaux

The Commanderie du Bontemps is very attached to its annual celebration of Saint-Vincent. This year, it took place on Monday 7 March in the Church of Saint Rémi de Bacalan, an opportunity for the Commanders to bless the new wine!

Saint Vincent's day

Saint-Rémi Bacalan Church in Bordeaux

The Archbishop of Bordeaux, Monseigneur Jean-Paul James, and Father Francis Aylies honoured us by officiating at this service, which is so important for us all in the wine profession.

The Commanderie was able to keep the Saint Vincent tradition alive, celebrating in this way, the winegrowers’ Patron Saint.

Saint Vincent's day

Saint-Estèphe

Many domains and Châteaux were gathered on Sunday, January 13th, 2019 to celebrate Saint-Vincent in a friendly and sharing atmosphere. We inducted 19 personalities.

Saint Vincent's day

Léognan

The Commanderie du Bontemps celebrated Sunday, January 14th, 2018 Saint Vincent in Léognan. Near of 650 people, cellar masters, wine workers, staff from châteaux and trading houses came to feast the patron saint of wine-growers. 21 personalities have been elevated to the rank of Commander of Honor.

Saint Vincent's day

Saint-Estèphe

More than 700 people celebrated saint Vincent on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 to saint Estèphe. The Grand Aumonier of the Commandery Monseigneur Jean-Pierre Ricard, Cardinal, Archbishop of Bordeaux celebrated the mass in the Church of Saint-Estèphe. And 9 personalities have been elevated to the rank of Commander of Honor.

Saint Vincent's day

Bordeaux

The Commanderie du Bontemps celebrated Saint Vincent in Bordeaux Sunday, January 17. Near of 650 people, cellar masters, wine workers, staff from châteaux and trading houses came to feast the patron saint of wine-growers.

Saint Vincent's day

Léognan

The Commanderie’s year began with the Saint-Vincent on Sunday 18 January 2015 in Léognan. 600 people were gathered around our Commandeur.

Saint Vincent's day

Hangar 14

Saint Vincent du Bontemps was held on January 13, 2013 at Hangar 14 in Bordeaux.

Saint Vincent's Day

Bordeaux

Saint Vincent is celebrated on 22 January in the wine regions. But in the Bordeaux region, the winegrowers were a little ahead of the game.

Saint Vincent's Day

Bordeaux

The Commanderie du Bontemps du Médoc et des Graves, de Sauternes et Barsac celebrated Saint Vincent’s Day, the Patron Saint of Winegrowers, on Sunday 16th January in Bordeaux.

The Commanderie du Bontemps celebrated Saint Vincent’s Day a little early in Bordeaux on Sunday 16th January. The Commandeurs assembled in their full regalia in front of City Hall.

With drums and trumpets, the procession marched to Saint-André Cathedral, where Mass was offered by Monseigneur Ricard, Cardinal and Archbishop of the diocese of Bordeaux and Grand Almoner of the Commanderie. The new wine was then blessed.

This year was special in that the Grand Territorial Masters of the Bordeaux Commanderies abroad responded to the invitation of Commanderie du Bontemps by travelling from the U.S., Canada, China, Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Austria and U.K.

After the service, guests, cellarmasters, vineyard and winery workers, and employees of chateaux and merchants businesses gathered to celebrate the winegrowers’ Patron Saint and share their passion for wine, united by their love of their terroirs and their history. Nearly 650 guests from the Medoc, Graves, Sauternes and Barsac appellation took part in a giant tasting preceded by the traditional inductions.

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