French vineyard guardians
These vintage French crosses are wonderful! They are rare, heavy and intricately carved from solid granite stone. These crosses were frequently spotted in France's rural areas, where they served as the quiet watchmen over vineyards. They offer a wonderfully beautiful touch to any garden.
A Roman Influence
Southern France has produced wine since 425 BCE, according to archaeological findings. When the Romans first landed along France's Mediterranean coast, viticulture already existed there; by the time they departed, it was thriving everywhere. Long-distance trade almost vanished for several centuries, and the infrastructure deteriorated. The affluent nobles and the Church controlled the majority of the local, lucrative viticulture industry.
Towns developed into cities after the turn of the first millennium, and a middle class appeared. The wine trade with England became more significant in the twelfth century helping France to become the greatest country for wine.
France and the cross
There were many roadside crosses around France. Some were simple and understated, made from a single piece of stone and possibly inscribed with a rough date. Others were more ornate and include engravings and sculptures in stone or iron. Most were erected with a specific purpose like guarding the grapes from frost's and bugs.