Hi, I'm looking for a wine label - for the front and back of our bottles. We're a new winery in Canada though we've been around since 1836. You can see our winery in it's early stages at http://www.pottersettlementwines.com - just click on the videos. I also have a YouTube video that you can watch if you type in 'Potter Settlement Wine" in the YouTube Search engine.
We're a small family business artisan winery creating a high end, high price-point, quality product. I already had a professional logo made of our winery, stationary, and a business card made up - which I will submit with this request to give you an idea of theme. The photos I'd like to use (if any) on the label would be our own old family photos of yesteryear - I'll include those as well if they can be utilized. Since they are of my family, there are no copyright issues with using them.
There are a few important aspects of the wine label that will need to be created. They are:
1) No square labels. They're overdone. An oval label (if possible) is always good as oval is better than square. Again, maybe using old family vineyard photos due to the fact that it reflects the whole 'Settlement' theme. So think 'pioneer', 'old time', 'antique', 'old farm', etc. But with a modern touch. Our motto is: "New wines the old way" so the label should reflect this sentiment. So I'm thinking sepia or selenium tones in that old style. If a modern colored foil could be included - perhaps carefully accented in red, blue, silver or gold to attract the eye - that's up to you.
2) The wine label will also have to adhere to the rules and regulations of the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). Since we're Canadian - and a winery based in Ontario - we have to follow their rules on wine label regulations. They're like the alcohol mafia. They could and will disqualify a label - if I don't adhere to all of their criteria. You can click on this link to read their label/packaging rules: http://www.doingbusinesswithlcbo.co…ex.shtmlIf you Google 'LCBO Wine Label Rules'
I'd also suggest a Google Search as well on the LCBO and their rules for wine labels to familiarize yourself with those rules when you design the labels.
3) I will give you a list of our grapes. Some are VQA designated and some are not. VQA is a term used by the LCBO (you will understand what I mean when you read the rules). Each grape varietal will have it's own label. Since the years will change and maybe the varietal will change depending if we have to purchase grape juice of say 'GAMAY' from California - we'll have to stay in steady contact with you to make these revisions in order to add new label information. Essentially we'll be working together from now on so this isn't a 'one-off' project. So far the varietals I have that will need labels are:
1) 2011 Cabernet Franc (VQA)
2) 2011 Cabernet Franc/Marquette Blend
3) 2011 Vidal (VQA)
4) 2011 Pear
5) 2012 Merlot (VQA)
5) 2012 '33 de Gris' - Frontenac Gris Premium Late Harvest (This is a take off on the Masonic Lodge 33 degree mason - the highest standard so you may want to incorporate the masonic symbols somehow in this label
6) 2012 Reisling (VQA)
7) 2012 Gewurztraminer (VQA)
8) 2012 Marquette
9) 2012 Frontenac Noir
10) 2012 Pinot Noir (VQA)
11) 2012 Cabernet Franc (VQA)
12) 2012 Pinot Gris (VQA)
13) 2012 Merlot (VQA)
14) 2013 Chardonnay (VQA)
15) 2015 Sabrevois
16) 2015 Adelmina
17) 2015 Petite Pearl
18) 2013 Frontenac Blanc
Others may follow...
At the BACK of the wine label - along with the pertinent information as to our address, alcohol content, use of our logo, etc., I'd like to have the 'Owner's/Winemaker's Notes' where we give a little blurb about the tasting notes of each varietal. We'll also give a small summary of the challenges of that year. It would be in very, very small, but legible font. For ex:
2012 Owner's/Winemakers Notes:
Potter Settlement's 2012 vintage is, in my opinion, our best in years. Nature dealt us a few setbacks beginning at pruning time, first in the form of an extremely warm spell in March where 30 degree Celcius 'T' shirt and shorts' weather in our vineyards caused our grape buds to open early - only to be killed off by a cold snap that followed in early April.
Fewer buds on each vine consequently means fewerj bunches of fruit (a natural 'green pruning' cluster thinning if you will) - so the 'California' type of summer that followed - 8 weeks of no rain from the end of June through August (the biggest drought in our area since 1956) led to all the sun's energy going into those few precious clusters of grapes.
A low-yield loss for my company is your gain as a consumer (at picking time in September we noticed that several vines had only one or two bunches/plant and many semi-dried from the lengthy summer heat resulted in a truly Amarone-style vintage). So much so, that during harvest one of my pickers remarked how 'cool' it was eating raisins right off the vine!
With a fruit sweetness unparalleled, rich, robust and bursting with flavor - this is a wine you'll love - our best to date. And with such a small harvest, it's a vintage you'll definitely want to hoard in your cellar and break out for an occasion where you'll want to celebrate or impress.
Light and fruity with a slight reflection of our mineral 'terroir' - our 2012 Merlot is medium-bodied, brimming with soft notes of summer blackberries, plums and black currants.
Again, these notes will change depending on the varietal and the year - but for now you can use the Merlot example above as an example of what to put on the bottle - if possible.
Good luck, please feel free to be original and your artistic license is completely open - I just wanted to give you some thoughts to work from. I hope to be working with you soon! Thank you for your efforts!!!!
Owner/Potter Settlement Vineyards and Winery