The Village of Irancy, host to the 2016 Saint Vincent wine festival

The Village of Irancy, host to the 2016 Saint Vincent wine festival

If you have never witnessed a Saint Vincent festival in Burgundy, you need to organise yourselves to do it!

It provides a weekend of fun, fellowship, culture, and traditions, and that is before mentioning the wine tastings on offer.

Held every January in Burgundy, the festival pays homage to the patron Saint of vineyard owners, while showcasing the wines of the host Burgundian village.

This year, the small village of Irancy (pop 400) are picking up the challenge of representing Burgundy to the world.

Irancy, part of the grape growing sub-region of Auxerrois, is located between Chablis and Auxerre.

All wine produced under the Irancy AOC is red, with pinot noir and cesar being the dominant grape varieties.

The village house and public buildings will all be decorated, with thousands of coloured paper flowers being the common theme. These flowers will have been made voluntarily all year by the ladies of the Village.

The decorations, along with music in the streets, food stalls, and the tastings, all combine to create an ambiance that will lead to you making dozens of new friends by days end. It is not to be missed!

Gates open at 1000h on Saturday 30 January, until 1700h, with the same times applying again on Sunday 31 January.

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