Double Celebration for Jurade de Saint-Emilion
The Jurade de Saint-Emilion celebrated a double anniversary at Vinexpo’s opening gala dinner on May 12. For 2019 marks not only its 820th anniversary, but it is also the 20th anniversary of the inscription of the Jurisdiction of Saint-Emilion on the World Heritage List.
The Jurade de Saint-Emilion claims to be the oldest wine brotherhood in the world, dating back to 1199. The movement was reborn in 1948 and its principle objective to promote and look after the image of Saint- Emilion wines around the world is as alive today as it was 800 years ago.
This work is carried out by the 130 Jurats and 3,000 inductees who, along with 10 chancelleries around the world, organise a number of tastings and dinners every year to promote the image and quality of Saint-Emilion wines.
In France its key events revolve around the Spring Festival on the 3rd Sunday in June and the Ban des Vendanges (to celebrate the new vintage) on the 3 Sunday in September. In the years when Vinexpo Bordeaux is held, it also hosts the gala dinner to open the show at the Château Soutard in Saint-Emilion.
This year’s Vinexpo gala dinner saw 750 guests join the Jurade in the grounds of Château Soutard where they were able to enjoy a meal created by Michelin chef Hélène Darroze. The dinner also saw 40 figures from the world of wine inducted into the Jurade de Saint- Emilion, including Nicolas Florian, Mayor of Bordeaux.
It is the latest in a series of events to mark the 20th anniversary of its inscription in the World Heritage List. The highlight of which will come between June 28-30 when it is set to host three days of celebration including the Saint-Emilion Fête le Vin, Saint-Emilion Jazz Festival in the moats of the Palais Cardinal, along with 25 concerts that will be held across the region.
Hall 1 / Stand AB48