Annual Wine Label Design Awards 2017

The annual Wine Label Awards, sponsored by Rotolabel, was held at the Cape Town Hotel School with a total of 45 awards being awarded on the night. Congratulations to Black Oystercatcher Noble Late Harvest 2014 for walking away with the Grand Prix award, while a further three gold awards were made, these going to David Nieuwoudt Ghost Corner The Bowline 2015, Thistle & Weed Duwweltjie Chenin Blanc 2016 and the Christoffel Hazenwinkel series of wines from Hazendal.

By , April 25th, 2017

Wines were judged in four categories: 1) R80 a bottle or under; 2) over R80 a bottle; 3) R500 a bottle and over and 4) labels forming a series. Judging criteria include originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication.

A panel of five judges officiated, this made up as follows: Christian Eedes, editor of; Rebecca Constable, product developer for wine at Woolworths; Sean Harrison, executive creative director of Whitespace Creative; Margot Janse, outgoing executive chef at Le Quartier Français Hotel in Franschhoek; and Carla Kreuser, a creative director at The Jupiter Drawing Room.

What I find interesting about the judging process is that the work was judged from various angles, not just design. As a brand design company we understand the importance of telling a brand’s story, and this has to come through in a single minded concept – which seemed to be a high priority for the judges, so well done all round, and congratulations to all the winners.

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