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I have a confession to make... I love designing Spanish wine labels (or at least Spanish Inspired). And why wouldn't a designer love a Spanish inspired brief, think Gaudi, Picasso, Salvador Dali, Miro, Beaches, Tapas, Fiestas, Siesta's, Signorita's, Flamenco Dancers, Running with Bulls, Maraca's, Spanish Guitars, Moorish design, Chuppa Chups etc etc. Spain is a vibrant place, full of energy, colour and fun, rich in history and culture. So it comes with great pleasure that Tempranillo's and Malbec's are on the rise. Spanish inspired wine label designs tend to reflect the place, often being creative, vibrant, colourful and fun. Spanish Inspired wine labels are now far more then just bulls. Following are some of our favourite Spanish Inspired Wine Label Designs including many of our personal favourite projects. I hope you enjoy! Salud!
Brown Brothers, Milawa VIC Australia, Designer: Beetle Creative, Melbourne
Atlas Wines, The Spaniard, Clare Valley, Designer: Rodeo – Adelaide, Australia
Lalaland Wines, Mildura VIC Australia, Designer: Beetle Creative – Melbourne & Florence
Matsu Wein, Toro, Spain, Designer: Moruba – Logroño, Spain
Esporao, Designer: White Studio, Portugal
The Esporao Spanish Wine Labels utilise a popular wine label composition with the champion artwork, brand and some introductory information. What set’s these labels apart though is the execution. Each label in the collection has a dominant colour but this is given a lot of depth and character through the dark shading, embossing and spot varnish. This strong contrast and shine give an almost glowing quality under the right lighting conditions. The attention to detail is also strong throughout this range with the custom glass bottles highlighting the brands heritage with the Bodega and a Spanish tapestry textile rich pattern are also used for the wine bags.
Lalaland Wines, Malbec, Mildura VIC Australia, Designer: Beetle Creative, Melbourne
Castillo Y Gay, Designer: Various over time
A Legendary Spanish Wine Brand, these labels herald back to one of Spain’s Golden era’s, the Art Deco, when the industrial boom resulted in significant development. Art Deco is a beautiful style that combines elegance and premium cues with character and detail. Castillo Y Gay have maintained a similar label for decades and are likely to continue with this iconic label for decades to come.
Elefante, Espana, Designer: Denomination Design – Sydney & London
Another of the classic Spanish Wine Labels, capturing the bold, artistic, yet approachable style contemporary Spanish art has become famous for. This label is not a particularly original concept with the red, white, black and a bull theme and street art typography but it has been executed well. There is a certain familiarity that can be advantageous and being such a classic Spanish theme it has strong shelf presence perfect for a Tempranillo wine.
Wandering Beast, Designer:
Lovers Not Toreadors, Designer:
Heralding the Era of Toreadors and Flaminco Poster Art, this has become one of the most popular of the Spanish Wine Labels. Utilising the famous Reds and Yellows of Spain, this is counterbalanced with the greens which create a fresh balance. This wine label is a complete artwork, with every inch filled and every element working as one. The cream paper stock and scuffed fonts, as well as original artworks helps to give the label an authenticity. This Wine Label is also politically relevant under the current protesting of Bull Fighting and who could argue with it being replaced with Love.
Mateo & Bernabe, Designer: Moruba, Longuno, Espana
There’s quite a lot to like about this design. The bold red numbers and unique capsules certainly help to give the design high impact, while the neck tag and illustrations help create quality touches and the impression of attention to detail. The labels, while busy in that the artwork and numbers fill the label, remains overall quite minimalist, with just two colours, an illustration, number and name. This is quite an elegant label, perhaps even more remarkable considering they are beers and not wine, but the area being famous for wines no doubt influenced the design. The brand and each label is named after a saint which is where the illustrations and numbers take their significance. The consistency of the labels and theme across the varieties and the consistent bottle shape create a beautiful and memorable collection. The boldness, strong red, cream and black illustrations all give an unmistakable Spanish Quality.
Quite a simple design, yet the bold red drape and iconic bull head silhouette create a striking wine label. One of the great Spanish Wine Labels dating back as far as 2004, this screen printed label must have been quite remarkable when it first launched. That this wine label has remained as appealing today as when it was first launched is the surest sign of a great design.
Siete Pasos, Peñafiel, Espana, Designer: (calcco) Comunicación Visual
This range has extremely strong shelf presence, has captured it’s time well with the cool colour schemes, as well as the fun and approachable artworks. This playfulness is unmistakable Spanish. An enormously popular range. The only possible downside is that the range doesn’t promote the mother brand and being so ‘on trend’ perhaps this success will not translate across the rest of the brand like it could. No doubt one of the best Spanish Wine Labels available now.
Atico De Madrid, Designer: Narrow-House, Madrid
Another Art Deco inspired wine label but much more contemporary and playful compared to the traditions of the style. Colour is always an important element in Spanish Wine Labels and this seductive turquoise in combination with Gold and black and a Shiny metallic stock creates both a bold and elegant finish. The black artwork maintains its illustrative quality rather then being fully refined and made flat, which helps to give the label an authentic and artistic quality.
Express Winemakers, Tempranillo, Frankland River W.A Australia, Designer: Beetle Creative, Melbourne
Telmo Rodriguez Estate, Toro, Espana, Designer:
Gago is ‘stuttering’ in Spanish, but there’s nothing stuttering about this design, it is a clean, elegant, minimalist design. The design in its minimalism and the elegant lowercase ‘g’ with a single bulls horn creates a striking impression. The ocre red gives the design some warmth and perhaps a devilish touch. This screen printed wine bottle with a single colour shows off the bottles beauty in full.
Bodegas Castro Mendi, Designer: Javier Garduño Estudio de Diseño, Spain
A truly unique design with its tall yet bottom heavy bottle and die-cut timber veneer label. Timber has a natural warmth and this warmth is maintained through utilising the rope over the long neck. The design is extremely minimalist yet the attention to detail is throughout, including the custom artwork on the cork. The designer made the choice to keep the letters hollow rather than utilise stencil like typography, which creates another point of difference and a degree of boldness, accepting that some things aren’t perfect, but if they’re embraced can be made a strength.
Portal del Priorat Gotes, Designer:
Cellar Cairats, Darmos, Spain, Designer: Estudio Dorian
Express Winemakers, Rosado, Frankland River W.A Australia, Designer: Beetle Creative, Melbourne
S.C. Pannel, Designer: 3 Bags Full