Every year on the third Sunday in September, the Saint-Emilion Jurats celebrate the Harvest Proclamation. In 2012, the medieval town of Saint-Emilion celebrated its wines in its remarkable monumental setting and at the same time the 128th anniversary of the founding of the Saint-Emilion Wine Council.
On Sunday 16 September 2012, the festivities kicked off in the Moat of the Palais Cardinal, before the procession of the Saint-Emilion Jurade marched to the Collegial Church for the traditional Mass, then on to the Monolithic Church for the induction of new dignitaries into the Jurade.
This wonderful day of celebration, music and tasting reached its climax as the Saint-Emilion Jurade climbed to the top of the King’s Tower. The harvest was duly proclaimed and the symbolic black balloons were released. The grapes had finally ripened and were ready to be picked in the vineyards of Saint-Emilion!