Top 6 Wines of Summer 2017 Based on Package Design, Price & Taste

Happy summer! As studious designers who also happen to have a healthy appreciation of wine, we’re weighing in for a second time on our favorite summer wines based on packaging, price and taste (but let’s face it, mostly packaging). We rounded up our top six white and rosé wine picks to help you dive into summer, if you haven’t already. And, as a creative firm that specializes in branding and everything graphic design, we based our top choices on package design first, then price and taste. Without further ado, here is our hopefully unpretentious round up of visually and actually tasty summer wines.

 


Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2016
Central Coast, South Africa
$12

Sometimes you just want to see vertical design! This label takes traditional elements like the wax monogram stamp and serif typefaces and throws in a little gold for good measure. ‘Gold and rose’ is a very on trend color pairing and we’re still on board with it. The wine itself, which was recently called “a perfect wine for the patio” by Reverse Wine Snob, is very affordably priced and goes well with common summer dishes including crab cakes AND strawberries and cream. It’s fruity but dry, so we put it at the top of our list.

 

 

 


Mille 1000 Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

Provincia di Pavia, Italy
$15.50

Blush and gold with fat lettering on a gold bar? Who wouldn’t love this nicely priced, nicely designed bottle of rosé? We like their bold use of a display font. It’s also a bonus-sized one liter bottle, giving even more bang for your buck. Tastewise, Jameson Fink (who apparently hails from our old headquarters of Greenpoint Brooklyn) called it “perfect for tacos,” so we’re all in agreement that this is a good choice. And, beyond that, the color of this rosé is very on brand for us. Grazie mille!

 

 

 

 

 


Protea Chenin Blanc 2015
Western Cape, South Africa
$18

What we love most about this packaging is that it stands out ‘on shelf.’ We noticed the bold, white pattern immediately and liked that it invokes tradition while still looking modern. And, the wine itself has fruity apple and citrus flavors so it’s nice and bright for summer. (But, more importantly, it looks good when you bring it to a BBQ.)

 

 

 

 

 


JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay 2015
California, USA
$15

It’s nice to have a dynamic looking typography-driven design every once in a while. We appreciate the use of yellow, and we noticed that the focus on the word BUTTER is perfectly apropos for this wine since that’s the best way to describe the taste, followed by smooth and vanilla-y. Hey, we’re designers, not wine critics. We like the label and we like this wine for summer (and maybe fall, winter and spring, too).

 

 

 

 


Suavia Soave Classico 2015

Veneto, Italy
$14

For this pretty wine label, we are drawn to the mixture of art styles ‘on pack’ — the watercolor flower, the coppery gold foil stamping and the hand lettered display font. The wine is fresh, but smooth, and we’ve been told (by Bibendum.com) that it pairs well with Caesar salad and pizza. Not sure what more you could ask for in a summer wine. Shout out to the Tessari sisters who run the winery. A female-run business is on brand for us, personally.

 

 

 

 

 


Summer in a Bottle Rosé 2016

Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Long Island, New York, USA
$24

Thankfully our friends at Art de Fete (whose logo and website our Creative Director designed years ago) let us in on this fun, delicious wine. Design-wise, we love that it plays off the flower wall look a la Kanye and Kim’s wedding, Beyoncé’s recent pregnancy photoshoot, everyone’s experiential marketing event or wedding, etc. But, we also love that it’s sustainable and local to our home base of New York. And, if we could stop gushing over the fact that the package design is so on trend we would tell you it’s selling out everywhere, so go forth and find the top rosé of summer!