Saints of the Vines: St. Morand of Cluny

morand2 Ok, I might be getting a little religious here, but I was born and raised catholic, so my catholic side is going to start showing on these posts.

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.

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About Michael Gorton, Jr.

I am a Licensed Funeral Director who is having a love affair with Long Island Wine and the people that make Long Island wine so special. I am married to my wife Melissa and live in Rocky Point. Our first son Gabriel Noel was born on July 27, 2010. We have three cats and one dog.
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9 Responses to Saints of the Vines: St. Morand of Cluny

  1. Robin Epp says:

    Maybe I should convert to Catholicism and plan a feast for St. Morand on June 3rd at Martha Clara…oh wait that’s Bingo night.

  2. michael gorton sr. says:

    Michael,…nice little article.

  3. Robin Epp says:

    Don’t curse Bingo! We have a great crowd of all ages and religious affiliation. June 3rd will be St. Morand Bingo night at MCV. Maybe we can get his image on the Bingo cards…we’ll come up with something!

  4. Robin Epp says:

    He’s not a very popular saint, I cant find a statue on E-bay OR amazon! Is that even a picture of St. Morand you posted???? Ill have to track down a sculptor to have one commissioned. because I have a feeling getting a Bingo card with his image is going to be even harder.

  5. Robin Epp says:

    Oh no you’re on! we are already planning a whole big night June 3 at which you and our vineyard manager will be the guests of honor. Sorry mate, you are on the calendar! I will find a statue of St. Morand if I have to steal it from a church in the Napa valley

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