Bacchic Brotherhoods are communities of like-minded people, passionate about wine, whose purpose is to showcase the skills and knowledge associated with wine and the culture of Bacchus. There are around 20 such brotherhoods promoting the wines of the Loire Valley today.
BROTHERHOODS IN THE ANJOU-SAUMUR AREA
Contact: 32 Place du Boel
05 49 66 17 33
Purpose: To promote the wines of Anjou and Saumur.
Grand Chapter: 4th Sunday in November.
BROTHERHOODS IN THE TOURAINE AREA
Contact: Avenue Jean Causeret
02 47 97 70 06
Purpose: To serve the noble cause of the wines of Bourgueil and Saint-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil; to increase their visibility and promote the lifestyle of the Bourgueil terroir.
Grand Chapter: 4th Saturday in April and 4th Sunday of November.
02 54 20 81 15
Purpose: To uphold the reputation of the wines of Touraine and Touraine Mesland.
Grand Chapter: 3rd Sunday in February and last Sunday in November.
Contact: 11 Route Vallée
41400 ANGE SUR CHER
02 54 32 10 06
Purpose: To promote the wines of Touraine, particularly those of Coteaux d'Angé.
Grand Chapter: 2nd Saturday in April.
BROTHERHOODS OF THE LOIR VALLEY
Contact: Chez Mme Monique Verrier
72000 Le Mans
02 43 46 23 26
Purpose: To promote the Loir Valley from a cultural, historical and wine-related perspective.
Contact: Mr. Richer Henri
02 43 46 17 36
Purpose: To organise and host the Festival of St Vincent de Ruillé sur Loir every January. To respond to occasional invitations from organisers of local, cantonal or regional celebrations - notably wine fairs – to take part in their parades and other events, and to “enthrone” local personalities into the Brotherhood, dubbing them “Compagnons du Tirebouchon” - Companions of the Corkscrew.
Grand chapters: Organising, hosting and providing decoration for the Festival of Saint Vincent.