Scroll down to look at the FIVE design themes below.
Design a wine label or several and provide a brief comment about why you chose your design.
ARTISTS can paint and draw, collage and print etc. CRAFTERS can embroider and knit and do all the things I don't even know about.
Send your design/s to me, preferably as a photograph, and I will put it into the gallery below.
If in doubt about how to send pictures, give me a call and I will try to help.
After a month, I will organise a vote and Terry will provide a prize. Perhaps five prizes one for each theme!
space here for another one
Wine labels date back to 1550 B.C. Introduced in Egypt, seals were originally placed on bottles, as a way to make trade easier, but also signified the year, type, and quality of the wines. This eventually became of extreme importance, as is evident in findings from Egyptian burial sites that included amphorae from specific years.
In the 18th century, wine trade in Europe was booming, with labels printed on parchment and tied to the bottlenecks with string. By 1798, labels could be produced in mass, thanks to the invention of the lithograph which led to increased use of colour and more emphasis on artistic design.
During the 20th century winemakers worked with famous artists (Picasso and Chagall) to create awe-inspiring bottle labels that would properly represent the quality and unique artistry of the product within. And now, labels can be great fun... just look at some of the examples below.
if you need inspiration: special prize for a label designed for Slaley Wine, from a vinyard in a marshy place, a robust white wine!
win a nice bottle
We will organise a vote for the favourite wine label and Terry will provide a nice bottle to suit you personally if you win.
look at the Wine Gallery and send Stella your vote (there is nothing there right now but keep an eye out as people contribute)
Warre's Vintage Port, Oporto, Portugal. The producer and the vintage are about the only features on this most traditional of fortified wines!
Chateau Peymouton, St. Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux, France. A typical claret label with a drawing of the chateau where the wine is produced.
Maximin Grünhäuser Herrenberg Riesling Auslese, Mosel, Germany. An old design and characteristic of many fine German bottles.
Cune Rioja, Gran Reserva, Spain. The elegant "Cune" is a rough abbreviation of the wine company: Compania Vinicola del Norte Espana
Aloxe Corton, Burgundy, France. Burgundy labels are often quite austere and carry an emblem or coat of arms of the grower or producer.
Castello Banfi, Brunello di Montalcino. A famous producer in Tuscany. A knight in shining armour and a stylised backdrop of hilly vineyards.
LABELS RELATING TO NATURE IN SOME WAY
Famille Laplace, Aramis Tannat-Syrah. A modern young wine from southern France. The label depicts an old grape vine.
Cradle Valley, Pinot blanc – Pinot gris. An English wine from Sussex with a lovely drawing of two mad march hares in a Downland landscape.
Auzells, Costers del Segre, Spain. A modern blend of 5 white varieties from Cataluna. The label design features birds suspended in the sky.
Viña Zorzal, Garnacha, Navarra, Spain. The multi-coloured zorzal bird is characteristic of the vineyards.
Cowrie Bay Merlot, Hawke’s Bay. From New Zealand’s second largest wine region on the coast of North Island, the label shows a cowrie shell
Ribeauvillé Alsace blend, France. A traditional Alsace producer, but a new label featuring a flying stork, characteristic of the region bordering the Rhine.
ODDS and ENDS (BIN ENDS?)
Chateau Carbonnieux, Graves, France. A famous estate of medieval origins. The “Saint Jacques shell” dominates the label of this white Bordeaux.
Barberani Castagnolo, Orvieto Classico Superiore, Italy. An intricate design of vine leaves and grape bunches on the label of this organic wine
Bodegas Marquez de Murrieta, Castillo Ygay, Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain. A classic and wonderful label. The best of Spain
Familia Pacheco, Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain. In complete contrast to the previous label!
Vallone Castel Serranova, Rosso Salento, Italy. From a vineyard deep in the “heel” of Italy.
Bodegas Hidalgo, Manzanilla La Gitana, Jerez, Spain. One of Spain’s oldest wine brands
S&R, Douro, Portugal. An impression of the distinctive townscape of Oporto where many wine companies are based along the River Douro.
Edgar Carter, El Sereno, Chile. A modern wine using Mediterranean grapes in southern Chile.
Bodegas Tierra Hermosa, Anda, Vino de la Tierra, Spain. Table wine from Andalucia with a flamenco dancer on the label.
Más Querido, White Field Blend, Vino de la Tierra, Spain. Table wine from Castille. Más Querido means “most beloved”.
Doido Tinto, Vinho Regional Tejo, Portugal. Another simple but modern table wine. Doido means “mad or crazy about…”
Famille Laplace, Les 2 Vaches Rouges, Vin de France. What red cows have to do with a wine made from the tannat grape, I don’t know!
RURAL FRANCE SCENES
Kuhlmann-Platz, Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France. The label has a lovely but simple drawing of an Alsace village and surrounding vineyards.
Benjamin Darnault, Minervois, France. A lovely sketch of the owner’s simple property in the herb-covered hills of Languedoc.
La Bastide Blanche, Bandol, France. Another label sketch of vineyards in this famous Provence appellation.
Vergile Joly, Ventoux, France. The landscape of the hills rising from the southern Rhone towards Mt. Ventoux dominates the label.
Henry Fessy, Fleurie Le Pavillon, Beaujolais, France. A village church and vineyards in this attractive corner of Beaujolais.
Chateau de Beauregard, Saint-Véran La Roche, France. The distinctive profile of the limestone escarpment of the Maconnais can just be seen.