Rarus

Branding, naming and package design for an ultra-premium winery.

Rarus, a line of ultra-premium wines from prime land in the Santa Rita Hills, didn’t begin life as Rarus. It was originally called "Vin du Vent," and this was its label:
 
Yes, it was green. Green for the whites, and blue for the reds. 
And here, after a wide-ranging exploration of themes and imagery including Tibetan Buddhist prayer wheels, Torii gates, the number 3,  and the legend of the phoenix, is what it became:
I'm not usually a huge proponent of foil stamping, and especially gold, on a wine label — in fact I've often dismissed it as a thoughtless cliché that actually brings down the perceived value of the wine. I had originally specced a rather gorgeous pale gunmetal foil, and I kept pestering my very patient printer with questions about how to dull its shine and keep things tasteful.
 
But with its field of rich black, intricately embossed motif from a Tibetan prayer flag, and expressive but stately logotype, this label simply cried out for a bit of opulence. So I changed it on press to a gold that, on nearly any other label, would be completely over the top.
 
Behold Rarus — proof that rules are made to be broken.
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