Martin von Tours (316-397), who was later canonized, is considered in many countries and wine-growing regions wine saint revered. He was born the son of a Roman tribune in Sabaria, today's Szombathely in Hungary, and came to the province of Gaul at the age of 15 as a soldier. At the age of 18 he was baptized and left the army. He spent more than 25 years as a hermit in Pannonia and then returned to Poitiers (capital of the Vienne department, Loire ) back. This is also where the legend often told that he shared his coat with a beggar (the picture on the left is by the painter El Greco). When he was supposed to be elected bishop, he hid in a goose stable (because he didn't feel called), but the geese's chatter gave him away. This is the reason for eating a roast goose with martini.
In the area Touraine According to another legend, the pruning have been invented. Martin 's donkey ate young saplings from vines from time to time, and these yielded smaller, but better ones yield, He was the patron saint of the Frankish Empire. His coat had been in the possession of the Merovingian kings since the 7th century and became an imperial jewel. The funeral day of St. Martin November 11th is called Martini (Martinstag) called. There is also a legend about his death, see below Martini summer,