After building a suite of branding and labels for our client Peerick Wines, Starship was asked to create a new standalone brand for the winery’s 2019 Viognier variety: an off-premises, accessible wine brand for millennials called “Vee On Yay”.
Viognier is not a well-known wine in Australia save to existing people "in the know". Millennials who might be casual drinkers or people who aren't clued into the wine business might be unaware of what viognier is, and as such, might decide not to drink it. Comparisons to existing wines like Chardonnay might not be helpful for this target market either, as millennial-focused brands tend to need to look new, exciting, and something different.
Using a phonetic reading of the word Viognier, our development of the brand took a fresh, revolutionary approach. Starship was aware that we needed to engage a younger audience who have drunk white wines like Chardonnay, but who may be risk-adverse to trying something they haven't heard of before.
Modern pop-art references, along with 70s protest imagery, strongly influenced the final design artwork. Bold colours on a single white wraparound label were chosen for the core reason of standing out at shelf level and coupled with large typography, literally being shouted from a pair of lips, helped cement the brand’s message of revolution.
After careful workshopping of language choices that could show Viognier as the next exciting trend in wine, we used the back “blurb” to illustrate Vee On Yay as “crashing the party”, as the “punchy white wine disruptor for platters, picnics and parties, and “exciting to drink and talk about” - summed up nicely by a branding line: “If Chardonnay was evolution, Vee On Yay is revolution!”
Vee On Yay will soon be available at select stores. It tastes great, if we say so ourselves. Check it out.
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