Zoo Studio Creates A Special Wine Bottle For A Vineyard On The Catalonian Coastline

by Rudy Sanchez on 07/28/2020 | 2 Minute Read

The Catalonian coastline, where the Iberian Peninsula meets the Mediterranean Sea, creates a unique environment that imparts certain qualities to the Malvasia de Sitges grapes that grow there. Those same grapes get used to create a wine known for its high acidity and sugar content, which in turn, leads to complex, sweet varieties.

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Set & Ros wanted to showcase the sea on the bottle for their Costenc wine, and they enlisted the talents of Spanish design studio Zoo to create a vessel so sea-worthy that if Aquaman himself set out shopping in the wine aisle, this would be the bottle that catches his eye.

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Many bottles depict a serene coastal landscape on the label, some with paintings or illustrations, but, for Costenc, the sea is manifested physically with a distinctive treatment to the label and bottle that replicates the punitive erosion of the sand and salty water of the coast. 

The texture plays with the light that hits it, recreating that color of sand during the golden hour, and the intersection of label and glass is reminiscent of the water’s meeting of the beach. 

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The sandy texture grows thicker as it travels down the label and onto the bottle’s body. Simple text, including a sentence in Catalan that roughly translates to “some vineyards punished by the sea,” finishes off the design, which, frankly, requires no further embellishment. The top of the bottle is capped off with a turquoise-colored wax hood, strengthening the visual symbolism of the sea’s connection to Costenc.

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The number of bottles was limited to 3,400, so should a benevolent benefactor or expert wine thief should get their hands on a bottle and leave it on our doorstep, we’ll happily accept it with open arms.

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