Playing cards and wine have been two culturally significant pastimes that have been enjoyed by people for centuries. Since medieval times, playing cards have been a symbol of leisure, socialisation and competition, while wine has been similarly revered as a beverage of celebration, communion and refinement. The combination of these two has produced some great card designs, reflecting the tastes and styles of different eras and regions.
Suntory Akadama Honey Wine playing cards manufactured by Nintendo, Japan, c.1970.
Skat deck for Austria’s excellent wines, Österreichischer Weinwirtschaftsfonds, c.1965
Promotional playing cards produced for Bodegas Trapiche, designed to play Quartet games by collecting a wine bottle card with four matching glasses.
Promotional pack for Chianti Classico wine, with designs by Costante Costantini.
Red & White Wine playing cards published by Inkstone Design, USA, 2003.