The significance of wine in Catholicism centers on the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. So, it is no surprise that there are patron saints of wine and winemakers!
Sacramental wine, which is also called communion wine or altar wine, is obtained from grapes and intended for use in the celebration of the Eucharist that is usually consumed after sacramental bread. The wine was also used in the earliest celebrations of the Lord’s Supper. He gave His disciples bread and wine during a Passover meal and commanded them to “do this in memory of me” while referring to the bread as His body and the cup of wine as the new covenant in His blood.
Aside from this spiritual significance, a number of holy people were named as patron saints of wine and winemakers. Read on to know more about them! (Read: Get to Know These 5 Patron Saints of Beer)
Patron Saint of Wine: St. Vincent of Saragossa
Known as Vincent Martyr, Vincent of Huesca, or Vincent the Deacon, St. Vincent of Saragossa is the patron saint of winemakers and vinegar makers honored in the Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox communities. He is considered the most well-known patron saint of winemakers, venerated by French and Spanish winemakers. Legends say celebrating Saint Vincent’s day brings good luck to the upcoming grape crop and harvest!
Patron Saint of Wine: St. Morand
St. Morand was born in a noble family in Germany, who chose priesthood as his profession and became a Benedictine monk. He made a pilgrimage to Compostela, Spain, and entered the Benedictines at Cluny, under St. Hugh. In 1100, he was sent to lower Alsace at the request of Count Frederick Pferz, who had just restored St. Christopher Church at Altkirch. He was revered for fasting throughout the Lent by only eating a bunch of grapes for sustenance, making him the patron saint of wine and winemakers. (Read: Your Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings for Special Occasions)
Patron Saint of Wine: St. Urban of Langres
According to legends, St. Urban is famous for escaping religious persecution in 374 AD and fleeing into a vineyard, where the vine-dressers in that area hid him. The saint took the opportunity to convert them to Christianity. Then, the same vine-dressers helped him in his covert ministry as he moved from one town to another. Due to this work and to Urban’s devotion to the Holy Blood, he developed a great affection for the people in the wine industry. For that reason, St. Urban became the patron saint of everyone who works in the wine industry!
Patron Saint of Wine: St. Amand
Among the patron saints of wine and winemakers is St. Amand. He was also born and raised in a noble family in the Western-French province of Poitou. In his early twenties, he was ordained at Saint Martin’s old monastery in Tours. His association with wine and winemakers began when he converted non-believers in France and Germany to Christianity. (Read: 3 Local Fruit Wines for the Wine-Loving Tita)