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Britton Design Wine Packaging--Viansa Winery 1990-1998

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  • From 1990 to 1998 designer Patti Britton of Britton Design worked with Sam Sebastiani of Viansa Winery in Sonoma, California creating wine and food packaging. She also designed print collateral--catalogs and brochures, a wine club logo, monthly wine club newsletters, stationery, a cookbook and signage.
     
    The unifying theme of a collection of 25 wine and food products developed for Viansa Winery is largely derived from classical sources. Renaissance-style frescoes painted on the winery walls inspired the richly colorful yet clean and contemporary look. Designer Patti Britton wanted visitors to Viansa's tasting room and marketplace to be able to take home the essence of the winery with every purchase.
     
    Britton Design won 86 national and international design awards alone for Viansa Winery.
     
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  • VIANSA MAIN VARIETALS
    At that time, the brand was only sold in the Viansa tasting room
    and through their wine club so the brand didn't have to scream "big time store".
    The Carneros fresco logo of the ram was incorporated into the design
    along with the frescoes from the walls for a clean look.
  • VIANSA ATHENA
    Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration
    civilization, law and justice. A custom illustration was
    created showing the goddess.
    A Dolcetto wine, this package design was voted by the London
    International Advertising Awards in 1997 as the best wine package
    design of  the world, probably in part because of the amazing stylized bottle.
  • VIANSA AUGUSTO
    A Barbera wine, this package design was a tribute to Sam Sebastiani's
    father--August Sebastiani. A large, heavy Italian bottle was chosen along
    with a medal keepsake with "Augusto" engraved on one side
    and "Barbera" engraved on the other side.
    This package design won several awards including a trophy from
    the Package Design Council International in New York.
  • VIANSA PRINDELO
    Prindelo was a red wine blend of Primitivo, Zinfandel and Charbono.
    The three arches represented the blend of three varietals with
    another fresco used from the wineries walls.
    The Prindelo won several design awards including
    a bronze trophy from the Western Art Directors Club.
  • VIANSA THALIA
    Thalia Sangiovese was the first wine package Patti Britton designed
    for Viansa Winery. Seeing all the beautiful frescoes painted on
    the walls in the tasting room and marketplace she decided to incorporate
    the frescoes for all of Viansa's package designs.
    The wine was named after Thalia, the Greek goddess of flowering.
    happiness, abundance and bountiful banquets.
  • VIANSA CENTO PER CENTO
    "Cento Per Cento" means "100%"--Cento Per Cento was a 100% malolactic
    fermentation, buttery Chardonnay. A custom swirly "V" was created that
    was foil stamped over another chosen fresco. The "V" was
    also implemented for various Viansa print collateral.
  • VIANSA FRESCOLINA
    This tall, frosted bottle held the Tocai Friulano wine named
    Frescolina or "little sweet one". A custom illustration was created with Frescolina
    and her bounty of fruit. This package design won a gold trophy for the
    Brand Design Association in New York in 1998
    among various other awards.
  • VIANSA ITALIA
    The Viansa Italia label design was created to look more European
    since the wine was being sourced from European wineries.
    The custom illustration is a replica of the monastery where
    Sam Sebastiani's grandfather--Samuele Sebastiani learned winemaking
    in the Tuscan town of Farneta, Italy.
  • VIANSA MUSECCO
    A sweet wine, this Muscat Canelli had a tall skinny bottle with another
    Italian fresco.The same dark blue/purple background appears like
    all the other Viansa Cal-Ital wines. This design won a bronze trophy
    from the Western Art Directors Club along with other awards.
  • VIANSA OBSIDIAN
    This Meritage blend package was originally named "Obsidian" and later
    re-named "Ossidiana". Sam Sebastiani and his father August Sebastiani
    collected arrowheads throughout the years. One of their 200 year-old
    arrowheads was released to the label printer who produced
    embossing and black foil stamp dies for the black printed
    textured label. This package design won numerous design awards.
  • VIANSA PICCOLO TOSCANO
    At one time Viansa had two Sangioveses--Thalia and this Piccolo Toscano,
    meaning "Little Tuscan". Patti Britton researched a lot of the frame design
    from the Vatican Museum and Italian architecture.
    Later this became the design for the Viansa Merlot.
  • VIANSA REGALO DI CERTOSA
    Regalo Di Certosa means "Gift of Certosa"--a Grappa wine which
    Patti Britton decided needed a little more bells and whistles
    since it was in another category than wine.
    A two-sided printed wine label was applied to the bottle along
    with the descriptive silkscreened on the other side of the bottle.
    This package design won several awards including a trophy from
    the Package Design Council International in New York.
  • VIANSA RISERVA ANATRA
    In honor of Viansa's wetlands, every year Patti Britton created a
    new label design for a new duck label. This line of wines was called
    Riserva Anatra, meaning "Duck Reserve". The neck band was
    only used for a couple of years because it was hand applied.
  • VIANSA SANTERRA
    Santerra, meaning "Saint of the earth", was created for their library
    wines. Patti Britton created a collage of Viansa and ethereal
    images to reflect the name. Also art directed hand lettering for "Santerra",
    and a foil stamped bird-like "V" with wings.
  • VIANSA VITTORIA
    Vittoria, meaning "Victory" used the same bottle and label design
    as the Prindelo. Since this wine was for the Pinot Grigio,
    Patti Britton chose an orange background color
    to compliment the wine.