The Jurade plays an important role in preserving the memory of Saint-Emilion wines, serving as the link between the wine region’s rich past and future. This prestigious brotherhood organises wine receptions and induction ceremonies around the world, where the members of the Jurade (the Jurats) perpetuate the values of tradition and the spirit of Saint-Emilion.
Historically, the Jurade functioned as custodians of wine production in Saint-Emilion, as well as being entrusted with the administration of the city on behalf of the English crown. This position of authority was held until the French Revolution in 1789, when the Jurade was dissolved.
In 1948, several winegrowers banded together to revive the Jurade, taking on the new objective of serving as ambassadors of Saint-Emilion wines and promoting the region globally.
Every year, the Jurade organizes the annual Spring Festival (Fete de Printemps) in June and the Harvest Festival (Ban des Vendanges) in September to herald the movement of the seasons into these important vinous periods for winegrowers.
Beyond these ceremonial roles, the Jurade actively champions the interests of its winegrowers overseas via Chancelleries that serve to market the wines of Saint-Emilion to consumers in the various local markets.
Beyond its history, picturesque town, and its parker-rated Chateaux, the spirit of Saint-Emilion is defined by its disarming authenticity, the palpable warmth of its people, and an elegant intellectualism that is often shared, never flaunted, by its Chateaux owners.
Indeed, the Jurade is at its very heart a network of passionate individuals who share a common love and interest for the wines of Saint-Emilion.