Winemaking Tapestry

Winemaking Tapestry in Cluny Museum

Musée de Cluny, Paris

The Wine Harvest
France (?), early 16** century
Wool and silk
This large tapestry is formed of two parts, one with a millefleur background (floral motifs), the other depicting rows of grapevines. A series of figures, winemakers or lords, participate in the wine harvest.
It shows that as soon as they are picked, the bunches of grapes are taken to the wine press and the juice is placed in barrels or tasted. This piece demonstrates various sources of inspiration, with dress and hairstyles corresponding to either the mid-15th century or the beginning of the 16th century.