The results for ukvine’s designs on wine label competition were revealed at the end of the seminar at the London International Wine Fair (LIWF) on English wine last week to an audience of speakers and attendees.
Four vineyards were awarded five five labels in four categories in the website’s inaugural competition aimed at starting debate on the current state of English and Welsh wine labelling.
Highest Shelf Appeal
Littlehampton-based label printed had generously sponsored this category, dubbed ‘best in show,’ with a £500 credit for the winning vineyard. Bearley Vineyard, a small, family run vineyard in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside just north of Stratford-upon-Avon triumphed with its stylistic depiction of a local landmark on the label of its Bearley Vineyard Bearley Pinot Noir Precoce 2010. The label is based on a watercolour painting produced for the vineyard by a local artist. It features the longest aqueduct in England, which is within a kilometre of the vineyard and is part of the Stratford-Upon-Avon canal.
Owners Richard and Jo Le Page are increasing the vineyard’s listings in local restaurants in Rugby and Coventry.
Court Garden Classic Cuvee from Sussex picked up gold in the sparkling category. The simplicity of the design was considered elegant and attractive.
Two wines were successful in this category: Stopham Estate Pinot Blanc 2010 which won first place and West Street Vineyard’s West Street White picked up silver. Both shared an arresting use of stark designs that coupled sophisticated use of typography against a background colour.
Use of images
Bearley Vineyard Bearley Rose, also based on the watercolour painting produced for the vineyard by a local artist, was judged to combine the most arresting use of images on the labels.