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Upper Shirley Vineyards

Branding & Wine Label Design

In 2014, the Upper Shirley Vineyards team embraced their land’s farming heritage (dating back to 1613) by beginning to create artisan wines for the region. When Upper Shirley approached Watermark, they were seeking a clean, classic, and modern brand identity and packaging system for their new winery. Watermark developed a brand inspired by classic American style, and the proprietor’s passion for Polo. The logo design features a stripe traditionally used in the sport of Polo, as the primary mark. From the logo, we continued to develop the brand identity with a color palette of royal blue (reflecting the property’s view of the James River), a bright red, and a classic gray, followed by the business card design. Watermark then designed a three tier wine label system. The brand’s royal blue logo stripe plays a large part in the wine label designs. The first tier is accessibly-priced, and includes a red and white blend, numbered 1 and 2 respectively, mirroring the positions and game shirts worn in Polo. The classic (middle) tier was designed using the same blue stripe, but displaces it off-center to create a cleaner more minimal aesthetic. Lastly, the reserve tier utilizes a slender vertical label and introduces the colors black and gold into the color palette, elevating it’s status and prestige.

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Logo Design

Business Card Design

Wine Label Design

Label Design: The Accessible Tier

Wine Label Design: The Classic Tier

Wine Label Design: The Reserve Tier