BRAND CONCEPT / NAMING / PACKAGING
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:
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 pre-press team 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.