Antique French Grape Hod

By: Carly Hill - Staff Writer • Aug 09, 2012 • 0 Comments

France produces 7 to 8 billion bottles of wine a year and there’s a reason for that.  With ideal soil and perfect climate conditions, wine produced there is in a category of quality all on its own.

French wine can be traced back to 6th century BC when Saint Martin of Tours was on a mission to plant churches and plant vineyards.  During the middle ages, it was the monks who managed the vineyards.  Monasteries had the best resources, the best security, and therefore, the best wine.  After some time, French nobility developed quality vineyards as well. 

French farmers wore these beautiful baskets on their backs in the vineyards.  Leather straps would fasten these grape hods  (or grape hottes) to their shoulders and they would collect their pickings for the day.  This one in particular is available here from Eclectic Architecturals. 

Wine dates back to about the beginning of time.  We know that the earliest wines were made of naturally fermented grapes.  Naturally present yeasts (or ambient yeasts) reacts with the sugar in the grape turning it to alcohol.  Although these natural yeasts make for a high quality, interesting tasting wine, many winemakers prefer to use cultured yeast in the process of fermentation since its more predictable.  There are so many types of yeasts that are used in winemaking, its no wonder there are so many varieties.

Soil and climate play a big role in quality.  For example, the finest champagne is made in Champagne, France because that region has the ideal conditions needed for that particular wine. 

An antique wine hod makes a great addition to a wine cellar, kitchen, or living area.  Aged, French wine is the best wine to be had, so adding an aged French wine hod conveys elegance and rich quality to the tone of your home. 

As you decorate your space, browse through Latique’s collection of French furniture to keep up the theme of this exquisite country and the treasures that have come from it over the centuries.