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The later canonized Martin of Tours (316-397) is in many countries or wine regions as wine saint revered. He was born the son of a Roman tribune in Sabaria, today's Szombathely in Hungary and came at the age of 15 years as a soldier in the province of Gaul. At 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. Here also happened the often told legend that he shared his cloak with a beggar (the picture on the left is by the painter El Greco). When he was elected bishop, he hid in a goose-sty (because he did not feel called), but the chattering of the geese betrayed him. This is the custom of eating a roast goose with Martini.

Martin - coat division with beggar and tomb in St-Martin de Tours

In the area Touraine after another legend also the pruning invented. Martin's donkey ate young shoots from vines from and these yielded then smaller, but better yield, He was patron saint of the Frankish Empire. His coat was in the possession of the Merovingian kings since the 7th century and became imperial jewel. The funeral day of Saint Martin November 11 will be called Martini (Martin's day). There is also a legend about his death, see below Martini summer,

Picture left: By El Greco , Public domain, Link
Picture right: From Tipoune - Own work, Public domain , Link

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