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Who was St Valentine of Rome? 

Thumb through the history books and Saint Valentine of Rome remains an elusive character with a hodgepodge of different stories and characters associated with his name.

Our favourite yarn casts him as a young temple priest, who went against the Roman Emperor Claudius II back in the 200’s. Helping loved-up young couples to get married in secret.

Claudius was a true barbarian – in all senses of the word – who believed that married menfolk with broods made below par centurions and banned the poor fellows from getting married accordingly.

But Valentine, a hopeless romantic, continued to perform secret weddings for smitten young duos. Until one day, when Claudius got wind of his clandestine ceremonies and had Valentine arrested, jailed and finally beheaded on 14th February.

According to legend, Valentine’s final message was a note to his jailer’s daughter – who he’d struck up a friendship with – and he signed it simply: ‘From Your Valentine’.

Poor Valentine. We love a good rebel, especially a good ‘love’ rebel.

So, this February 14th, let’s raise a toast and remember the young temple priest who kick-started a romantic revolution 1,800 years that’s still going strong… here’s to you Saint Valentine of Rome.


Valentine’s Offer – Buy a box of Dolcetto and Pinot Grigio for £46 

Alongside romantic love, St Valentine is also the patron of beekeeping – and as Dolcetto means ‘little sweet one’ we’d like to offer you a box of our beautiful Dolcetto, plus a box of our Pinot Grigio for only £46 including delivery.

Just add the two boxes to your basket and the discount and free delivery will be added to your cart automatically.