The French Confrérie vineuse from the Burgundy is probably the most famous wine Brotherhood of the world. It was founded in 1934 by Burgundian patriots in order to save their homeland from the then threatening economic decline or ruin by promoting the wines. At that time there were big sales problems for wine in Burgundy. The causes were poor harvests, the abstinence movement and the late consequences of the First World War. Many landowners, even from Grand Cru, sold their vineyards. Two citizens of the village of Nuits-St-Georges in the area Cote d'Or Georges Faiveley and Camille Rodier founded this brotherhood at a banquet at Château du Clos de Vougeot. It was on the eve of the annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune,
Since the mid-1920s has been taking place in the well-known wine-growing community Meursault the traditional Paulée de Meursault held a public lunch to celebrate the completion of the vintage, Since then, there have been three events every year on the third weekend in November (Brotherhood Banquet, The auction and the Paulée), collectively referred to as "Les Trois Glorieuses" (the three glorious days). Furthermore, the traditional event is held annually in January Saint-Vincent Tournante organized, in which the new members are also ceremoniously accepted into the fraternity. However, you cannot apply, but rather, among other things, well-known artists, high-ranking military officers, entrepreneurs and politicians are honored to become members.
The Brotherhood is located in the middle of the famous Grand Cru location Clos de Vougeot Château du Clos de Vougeot, which was founded by the Cistercians was built. In 1920 it was bought by the winemaker and mayor of Vosne-Romanée Étienne Camuzet (1867-1946), who made the premises available to the brotherhood. He then sold it in 1944 to the newly founded "Société civile des Amis du Château du Clos de Vougeot", which granted the Confrérie a 99-year license.
Banquets are regularly held for 600 guests. Subsidiaries exist in many countries. Twice a year, 200 wine experts test the Burgundy wines proposed by the winegrowers for quality and appellation characteristics at a major event. They check the wines for quality and appellations. The quality mark in the form of the Tastevin (Wine tasting bowl) goes to only about 60 percent of the submitted wines. They receive the honorary designation "Tasteviné" and a special, numbered bottle label. They are also subjected to a laboratory analysis. For authenticity testing, one bottle is stored in the cellar of the wine brotherhood. See also under wine Events,
Château: © Bénédecite MANIERE and Jean-Louis BERNUY