Ice Saints are Saints whose commemoration days fall on the last spring days on which frost is regarded as a danger. It is a local tradition in many wine regions located in the northern hemisphere.

In France, the Ice Saints are called ‘Saints des Glaces’. The most common Saints des Glaces are: Saint Mamert on May 2nd, Saint Pancrace on May 12th and Saint Gervais on May 13th (also called Saint Servais).

In Germany, Ice Saints are called ‘EISHEILIGEN’. Their commemoration days fall between May 2nd and May 14th (mainly for Saint Pancras and Saint Boniface). After May 15th, Saint Sophie’s (called ‘KALTE SOPHIE’ in german), the risk of spring frost in the vineyard is supposed to be over.

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