The Hospital Order Curious and Courteous of the Knights of Saint Bacchus
in 1947 in Paris by
the Count Jean-Paul Mariage Eudes de Saint Pierre, pleasant epicurean, which wanted to join together, in a climate of friendship
and knight spirit, people of good company, of any origines and all professions,
amateurs of good wine, to carry out a true crusade against
" the mechanized wines and the chemists " and to defend
" the -vin vray- and the vine growers "
under the banner of a Saint martyr, forgotten by the Church,
Order is not attached to a vineyard or a particular vintage, but it defends all
the wines, whatever their origin, provided that they are francs, natural,
healthy and of good quality.
rallying cry of the Order is:
" Par Saint Bacchus,
aymons nous ! "
Order is an international association to which are attached
Large Connétablies. It is directed by
an International Committee of the Order, is
chaired by the Grand Maître and is composed
of the Grands Connétables of each
nationality and High-ranking dignitaries elected by the
The Connétablies or
the Grandes Connétablies are managed by a
National Masterly Committee according to the specific laws and
payments to each country.
Grande Connétablie of France, association law of 1901, the regional
establishment is entrusted to the Commanderies.
also associations according to the law of 1901, which are currently
five: Paris-Isle de France, Champagne, Rhône-Alpes Bourgogne, Hauts de France
and Narbonnaise. These commanderies can themselves, according to their
geographical extent, being divided into Bailliages.
are also the Grande
Connétablie of Belgium , the
Grande Connétablie of England
and the Grande
Connétablie of Canada . Each one is divided into
Grandes Commanderies , it is the case in Belgium which comprises eight
of them (Aalst, Antwerpen-Métropolis, Brugge, Liege-Verviers, Leuven,
Mouscron, Sint- Niklaas and Waregem), in England which comprises two of them (Wessex & Downland
and Weald), and in Canada, one (Montreal).
allowed for the Order , it is necessary to express an unquestionable
interest for the things of the vine and the wine, to be sponsored by a member of
the Order and to discharge a right of chancellery whose amount is fixed
each year by the National Council .
are allowed with the Order with the title of
Chevalier (Knight), the Ladies and Young ladies with that of
members are received during one of the Chapters , two or three, held in
the year, the Chevaliers being " adoubés "
and the Dame Chanoinesses being " proclaimed
". A diploma is given to the ones and the others with a cross of the Order
held by a black ribbon for the Chevaliers
and blue for the Dames Chanoinesses.
Obligations for the Knights and Chanoinesses Ladies
The Chevaliers and
the Dames Chanoinesses
s lend the oath to defend the wine vray, they
commit themselves moreover respecting the spirit of the Order summarized
in its title: hospitality towards its pars, curiosity towards the things of the
wine and courtesy towards all.
annual contribution whose amount is fixed each year by each
Conseil de Commanderie is requested from the
Personalities which manifestly worked for the defense of the wine can be allowed
with the Order like honorary members.
pageantry is made up for the Chevaliers by a
doubled black cape of white, with Maltese red cross and the hat Louis XI with
black feathers encircled of a red cord and budded with the weapons of the
the Dames Chanoinesses, it comprises the
same cape with Maltese blue cross and same encircled hat of a blue cordon.
behaviour is obligatory for the High-ranking
dignitaries like for the Dignitaries
fulfilling a function of representation. It is optional for
the Chevaliers and
The Order organizes Chapters in France and abroad. In France, At least a
Chapitre Magistral is organized each year. Chapters can be organized by
the Commanderies, during which new members
can be received by the Grand Maître or his
of the chapters is published in the beginning of each Year.
Apart from the chapters,
the Commanderies organize in their area of
the meetings devoted to the wine and the gastronomy for their members.