Saint Martin - Chestnuts And New Wine

Posted by Marianne Hoesen on Sunday, November 8, 2015 Under: way of life

Saint Martin, the very popular Saint who became Bishop of Tours in France in the year 371, was buried on the 11th of November 397. According to the most widespread variation of the legend, Saint Martin cut off half of his cloak in order to offer it to a freezing beggar. As he faced a long ride in a freezing weather, the dark clouds cleared away and the sun shone so intensely that the frost melted away. Such weather was rare for early November, so was credited to God's intervention.

In Portugal the phenomenon of a sunny break to the chilly autumn weather is called Verão de São Martinho (Saint Martin's Summer) in honor of the cloak legend.  


Saint Martin´s day is celebrated on the 11th of November across the country. Families and friends gather around the fire in reunions called magustos, where they typically eat roasted chestnuts and drink jeropiga (drink made of grape must and firewater) and agua-pé (a sort of weak and watered-down wine). It is also the day to taste the new wine for the first time.

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Tags: sao martinho  agua-pé  jeropiga  11 november  saint martin  verão de são martinho 

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Marianne Hoesen Born in the deep south of The Netherlands, I moved to the central Algarve in 2007, together with my partner and 2 dogs. In the meantime we added some goats and chickens and are living a peaceful life in the rolling hills of the rural south of Portugal. I invite you to read a bit in my blog and to leave a comment afterwards. Also check out the holiday accommodations mentioned elsewhere in this website.


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