Traditionally, the "Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin" meets for the occasion, along with the different "Saint Vincent societies", each carrying through long processions their St Vincent statue to celebrate and attend the mass . Every year, the Chevaliers welcome new vignerons/members in the Confrerie in a colourful ceremonial.
The events never take place in the same locations each year but the frame stays about the same. Processions, Chevaliers, mass...and good wine for the courageous crowd.
This year, 16 villages of the Hautes Cotes de Nuits were involved. There's a dedicated website for the event, but it went off suddenly for an unknown reason (internet in France...) .
On this saturday 28th, the 80 St Vincent Societies left in processions from 9 of the villages, going through the other villages in the way, to assist to the mass in 4 other villages. Sorry, we did not go to the mass, not because of some religious incompatibility, but because we dropped there late : The temperatures were pinchingly cold, the hills were snow-white and we had some sleep to recover... So we drove directly in mid-morning to Villers-la-Faye, one of the participating villages and one of the two places (with Nuits Saint Georges) where you could buy a pass : for 10 Euro, you got 10 tasting tickets, a nice stainless-steel tastevin with its red ribbon to hand around the neck, and free access to the frequent buses to commute from one village to the other (or to Nuits St Georges), which was very convenient and allowed revelers to leave their cars in the parking lots near the villages or in Nuits.
We were impressed by all the preparation work done in all of the villages we saw : volunteers all day in the bitter cold to look over the crowd and prevent the cars from driving inside the villages or on the small roads, plenty of decorations all over the place, musicians and folkloric groups (including this Trompes de Chasse _hunting horn_ group on the left)...