Tuesday, March 01, 2016

2016 Wine Label Design Awards

Held this year at the AVA Gallery in Church Street, where we had a chance to see all the 20 labels that reached the final, see the awards and then taste the winning label wines
A glass of Graham Beck Blanc de blancs MCC is always a good welcome
Penny Verburg of Luddite wines and Anelle van Tonder of Babylonstoren with Journalist Melvin Minnaar
The awards
Wicus Maritz of the awards’ sponsor Rotolabel gave the opening speech and had us trying to imagine what wine bottles and their labels would be like in 40 years’ time. Digitalisation is the future
Niels Verburg of Luddite, who received one of the two top gold awards; the other went to Simonsig for the Garland
Designer John Pace acted as MC again
Christian Eedes of WineMag.co.za, organiser of the awards and head judge, announces the awards
The judges: Rebecca Constable of Woolworths, designers Sean Harrison of Whitespace Creative and Carla Kreuser of The Jupiter Drawing Room, chef Liam Tomlin and Christian Eedes. They felt that the overall standard of the 50 entries was satisfactory rather than inspired. There were 20 finalists of which 4 were runners up
Healthy canap├ęs came from Plant
A bemused but delighted Penny and Niels Verburg with their Saboteur labels
Christian pours a taste for Rebecca Constable
Winemaker Wim Braak and viticulturist Charl du Plessis of Piekenierskloof with their winning range of labels that tell an interesting story
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus

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