Looking for the explanation for the patron saints of wine makers I came across this great poster inspired by van Gogh, wine and good Saint Vincent of Saragossa. Saint Vincent, whose feast day is January 22nd, is one of a number who is venerated by winemakers, including St. Martin, St. Trifon, St. Armand, Saint Goar, Saint Lawrence, St. Morand and St. Walter.
Saint Martin is a Loire Valley character, having been persuaded to take up the post of Bishop Of Tours in 371. He came to the region for a quiet, monastic life at the Abbey of Marmoutier,which he founded in 372 between Tours and Vouvray. His feast day is 11th November, at the end of the grape harvest and the start of Advent fast.
St. Martin is credited with bringing the Chenin Blanc grape to the region, where it still reigns supreme in the superb wines of Vouvray, 1600 years later.