Challenge Yourself

Ward Valley is situated at the Southern frontier of Marlborough, New Zealand. A wild, untamed landscape with a unique terrior comprised of high altitude, dry air, temperature extremes and deep clay.

Our challenge was to create a brand that could encapsulate not only the climatic characteristics of this unique landscape, but also the tenacity and grit of the winemakers themselves.

Ward Valley Wines

Food & Beverage

Visual Identity Systems, Print,

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Our Approach

Marlborough is first and foremost famous for producing vibrant, world-class Sauvignon Blancs. Based on the key creative idea of 'challenge yourself', we developed a story and identity that redefined the Southern region of Marlborough - capturing its wild, harsh, windswept conditions that are perfect for growing Pinot Noir - a far cry from the expected sundrenched Marlborough category norms.

Visual Identity

Our visual identity for Ward Valley drew inspiration from the harsh Southern NZ landscape - sharp angled typography and moody landscape imagery reflective of the local mountain ranges and valleys.

Labels & Packaging

Our packaging approach was led a by a clear brand architecture to help differentiate their two ranges. This resulted in a premium, moody label design for the Ward Valley Mt Victoria Block Pinot Noir - a rich and elegant vintage and also their signature wine for the export market.

For the ‘Olivia’ Pinot Noir Rosé we crafted a label with a lighter, less serious tone to reflect it’s position within the Ward Valley product range and also for the time of year it’s best enjoyed - Summer. A refreshing drop that’s perfect for a hot, lazy afternoon.

"The Ward Valley expression is truly inspired by the textures, elements and harsh conditions of South Marlborough"
James Leary – Ward Valley