Over many years I have gathered together a wide range of imagery about grape growing and wine making, but although I have visited Reims cathedral on several occasions, I have never before had a camera with the right lens to take close up pictures of the famous stained glass window representing wine growing in the Champagne region. Last weekend was different, and a leisurely afternoon provided the opportunity to share the imagery below.
The window in the south transept was completed in 1954 following the removal of earlier glass in the 18th century, and damage to the cathedral in the 1914-18 war. Funding came from the Champagne Houses, winegrowers, overseas agents and others who wanted to help restore the cathedral. The imagery shows many of the stages in making Champagne, but does so in the style of medieval glass. It provides a fascinating insight into Champagne production as it was in the middle of the 20th century.