Xavier Vignon is a world-class consultant oenologist who works for many of the leading estates of the southern Rhône. He is known for creating wines of a truly unique character. But somehow that distinctive styling didn’t come across on the labels. Neumeister was contacted…
It is that unique character of every bottle that really caught our interest. If the wine has such a personal expression, let us also show that on every “cuvee”. We made the bottles really exceptional, one of a kind, using defining features: without ever losing that high quality wine ambiance.
Source :: Packaging of the World.
When you leave design school and look for work with your portfolio of fictitious student projects, half of your interviewers pause to tell you that, in the “real world,” you’ll never have the opportunity to design wine packaging. Much less, packaging themed after one of your favorite movies. Those folks never had the chance to work with Tim League and the team at Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
In looking at developing an identity for Alamo’s in-house branded wines, we quickly decided that it would be impossible to sum up everything that makes the Alamo unique in a single packaging system. Why not redesign the wine each year, based on a film that aligns with the brand? Alamo’s 2012 offering became two wines inspired by The Princess Bride, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the film.
As fans will recognize, “The Bottle Of Wits,” is derived from the iconic “battle of wits” scene when Westley first rescues Princess Buttercup from Vizzini and his henchmen. The custom wine line includes two varietals: “Inconceivable Cab” and “As You Wish White”.
The “Battle of Wits” sequence between Cary Elwes and Wallace Shawn easily stands toe-to-toe with “the Sideways Spit Bucket” and “The Silence of the Lambs Chianti slurp” as wine’s shining moment in film,” said Alamo CEO and Founder Tim League. Workshop worked to pack the full scope and wonder of the film experience into the packaging.
The Turyk family has long history of summers at Vancouver Island's Shawnigan Lake, and in the fall of 2009, became aware of a small vineyard and winery for sale in the nearby in the South Cowichan Valley. Translated from the local Coast Salish dialect, Cowichan or 'warm land,' is a unique terrior for growing curious new grape varietals. With a forty year history in BC's fishing industry, proprietors Tim & Colleen Turyk felt ready for a new challenge.
In memory of Tim's mother Marjorie, who as a child summered at Shawnigan and subsequently introduced her family to the Lake and the Cowichan Valley, Tim and Colleen settled on the name Unsworth, Marjorie's maiden name, to showcase their wine. The beautiful property with the old farmhouse reinforced their vision of a sustainably managed vineyard and quality focused winery complemented by a small restaurant serving natural local food. Sharing the vision, and property by the end of this year, is Chef Bradford Boisvert and his wife and business partner Leah from nearby Amusé Bistro in Shawnigan Village.
Hired Guns Creative helped the Turyk family with the naming of the winery, branding, wine label design, website design, print design, and signage design. The labels feature silver foil, subtle embossed details, and a die-cut shape that is carried throughout the rest of the winery's marketing materials.
More work from Chris Mullineux & Holy Cow Design.
New packaging and brand re-alignment developed for Vrede Wines, for their mid range and supermarket brand "Charme".
A Christmas gift given to clients, suppliers and friends.
The ‘Warm red’ Pantone chip becomes a gift box containing a bottle of ‘warming’ red mulled wine. The message printed on the bottle reads “Add a touch of colour to your cheeks this season, with a glass (or two) of mulled wine. Warmer wishes from Designers Anonymous.