The Art Of A Wine Label

27th July 2022


With the thousands of Sparkling Wines that I’ve tasted over the years, I’ve come across hundreds of different kinds of labels, all with their own story to tell.

From different colours, fonts and sizes, young and old, vibrant and dark, from the animals, landmarks, towns, villages, and maps of the vineyard in which the grapes were grown.

There is a lot to explore in the world of Wine Labels, but of course, the label is only the front cover to what you really desire inside.

I’ve collected an array of the different Labels to share with you, maybe you’ll know one or two, for this experience I would like you to imagine yourself walking around an art gallery or museum of Wine Labels, and please do help yourself to a glass of Sparkling Wine.

Labels From Spain – Llopart

Our first work of art comes from Llopart’s Brut Reserva Label, it depicts the town of Subirats, which is a municipality in the comarca of Alt Penedès, Catalonia, Spain. Lightly populated but with a strong wine-producing presence.

Labels From Spain – Cavas Naveran

Cavas Naveran is showcasing their beautiful lady, holding a glass of their Cava, this is their Brut Vintage 2019 Rosé

Labels From Austria – Jurtschitsch

Jurtschitsch comes into play with a man standing over the empty land, this is their Brut Nature Grobe Reserve Label, a 2016 Vintage, disgorged in April 2020.

With the empty land in front of him, does he see what is truly there or does he see the blank canvas that he is about to paint? He could be imagining the vines that he is about to plant, starting a new chapter in his life.

Labels From Slovenia – Stoka

Stoka showcases the earth being held up, not by Atlas, but by a young child, I like to see this as a depiction of the world being handed down to the next generation to take care of. This is their Pet-Nat Krass Viktovsa Grgania Krkovostno Penece Vine ZGP 2020.

Labels From Slovenia – Frelih

St. Rupert Frelih’s Methode Classique Rosé Brut displays the proud image of a lion, protecting the liquid inside, his roar echoes through the home of those who enjoy this bottle.

Labels From Slovenia – Gjerkes

Gjerkes Penina Brut Chardonnay 2017. a simple design, but with the name repeated like this, in the colour pattern, of a deep dark and shining light, you can’t help to be drawn to it.

Labels From Slovenia – Fink & Kotzian

This Black and Pink/Orange swirl display is the first thing you see on this label, you must turn the bottle to the side to discover the winery’s name, Fink & Kotzian, with their Traditional Method, Extra Brut, Osterreich.

How would you like to interrupt this label, is the swirl meant to lure you into finding out what’s on the other side, like a gateway to a world never seen before? Is the bottle meant to hypnotize? Or is it not what it seems?

Labels From Argentina – Jasmine Monet

Scales or stones? This shining silver label from Jasmine Monet’s Brut Nature Traditional Method 2018 bottle, produced in their Organic Vineyard allows you to feel the raised layers of its label while enjoying the contents inside.

Labels From Taiwan – Celebrity’s & Co

Elegance doesn’t come cheap, this lady poses as the face of Celebrity’s & Co Selection, Abel Jobart Prestige Brut, what is she looking at? Just out of view for us, but for her, it’s captivated her attention, she won’t look away until she discovers what it is, maybe you have to drink from the bottle to truly understand this lady.

Labels From France – Perrier-Jouët

We’re ending this showcase with a very famous label, a Champagne brand that is known for its floral display, this is Champagne Perrier-Jouët with their Belle Epoque 2006, a close-up picture of one of the Japanese Anemone flavours which represent their Belle Epoque range, the flower array was originally created by Emile Gallé in 1964.

This brings to a close this artistic exhibition of the Wine Label, there are many, many more labels that are worth displaying, so perhaps we will see you again in the next showcasing, but until then, enjoy the Fizz!

Oliver Walkey

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Writer, Focused on Bringing the Exciting and Fascinating World of Bubbly to You.