I am going to be talking about some wine history here in the next few weeks and this is a topic that has always come to my mind and always wondered about. So I have done some research and here is the first profile of the Saints of Winemakers, wine growers and vintners.
We all know who the patron saint of Police are, St. Michael the Archangel. Some of you may have heard of St Joseph of Arimathea, well he is a patron saint of funeral directors. 🙂
Well here is a patron saint of wine growers, St. Morand. St. Morand is of German heritage and comes from a wealthy family, but chose priesthood. He became a Benedictine monk. He preached in Alsace. He is known as the patron saint of wine makers because one lent, it is documented, that he ate only a bunch of grapes. His feast day is June 3rd.
So as we approach, or in the midst of bud break, when you think a frost maybe on the horizon or grey rainy days during fruit set, get on your knees and pray to St. Morand.