Grapes symbolize fertility and sacrifice (particularly when the wine is the colour of blood). Wine frequently appears as a symbol both of youth and of eternal life.
In the earliest times, the supreme ideogram of life was a vine-leaf. According to Eliade, the Mother-Goddess was known by the Primitives as “The Goddess of the Vines”, representing the unfailing source of natural creation. The vine is also an attribute of Bacchus, god of wine. The plant is often mentioned in the Holy Scriptures, also considered as a symbol of Christ and his sacrifice. I the Gospel of John Jesus says: “I am the true wine”. Grapes and wine refer to the Passion of Christ and evoke the Last Supper and the Eucharist. Wine is also a symbol of knowledge and initiation.