Boutique Wines of Constantia, Cape Town - Est. 1890
The award winning St Leger wine labels were designed in collaboration with Manifesto Designs of Perth, Australia. The illustrations are reproduced below, together with a short origin of the label.
Manifesto Design won a prestigious Communication Arts award for the “Le Marais Natural Sweet” label. Inspired by the gardens of Le Marais, the illustration seeks to link the floral designs of Constantia Natural Sweet Wines with the Courts of Aristocratic Europe, where historically Constantia wines were in demand as some of the best wines in the World.
Napolean Bonaparte was known to be a great admirer of Constantia wines. This playful design for a Cabernet Sauvignon label references the great leader and his love for both wine and horse, which has been given an African slant with added quagga stripes! St Leger is also the name of a famous horse race. Established in 1776, the St Leger Stakes is the oldest of Britain’s five classics and hence the association of the label with the thoroughbred horse.
Inspired by the fairytale “The Musician’s of Bremen” by Bros Grimm, this is an African version of the fabled illustration representing the 5 classic Bordeaux grape varietals blended in differing quantities and singing together in perfect harmony !
Several other labels have been designed for limited edition wines made on an ad-hoc or one-off basis, The art work for these labels is illustrated below.