How Our Labels Tell Our Story
We believe that one of the most interesting features of our new winery venture is the story that is told through our wine bottle labels.
If you’ve read the ‘about’ section of the website, you’ve seen our larger story there and know that we have journeyed through multiple agricultural industries and businesses since the farm began in 1955.
Each of these times and businesses is special to us, and makes us who we are today. They each have their own era, characters, and story to tell. As a tribute to the past, the wines have been given names and illustrations that are unique to our farm and family history, and we are excited to be able to represent our story through them in such a creative manner.
Here are the labels and their stories that are currently featured in our winery:
A wonderful sweet white wine from our estate Vidal Blanc. This wine label speaks to several aspects of the farm. It represents the lovely wedded bliss that was evident between our founders, our parents/grandparents, Russell & Shirley. It’s also a nod to the barn weddings we host, and the bliss that is found between a new bride & groom. Lastly, on a larger scale it represents the bliss that can be found in everyday life, as we believe each day brings its own new beauty.
A unique dry white wine from our estate Vidal Blanc. This pocket watch represents the hands of time and the legacy of the farm that was handed down through the generations. The key signifies the key to the future. The hand is set at the 4:00 mark to represent the 4 generations currently living and working on the farm. It reminds us of all that came before and inspires us to continue the legacy of the family and the farm into the future.
A majestic sweet rosé wine blended from our Chambourcin and Vidal Blanc. This wine (taking on a French pronunciation of P’Sheau) represents the time period when we raised hogs commercially . With over 400 head of hog on the farm is it befitting to have a wine glass raised as a toast to them. As lovers of all animals, we have raised goats, sheep, horses, cows, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. We wanted a label that would include the whole herd , but unable to piece all of those animals together, it became Pi’Goat, a tongue-in-cheek reference to our livestock. It’s Pig-Goat, with an fancy twist to the pronunciation. To further the story, it is also named after a family dog, who had the lovable yet goofy personality characteristics of both a pig and a goat, hence his nickname Pi’Goat. This label image is made even more special by being drawn by one of our family members, Britt.
HOME SWEET HOME
A sweet red wine from our estate grapes combined with the natural flavors of Blackberry and Chocolate. This label evokes all the emotions we associate with home: warm and loving, and filled with good times, good food, and good memories. The wine is sweet, because to us, there’s no place better than home sweet home. The drawing on this label is special, because it too was drawn by one of our family members, Sydney.
A delicious dry red wine created from our Merlot with just a taste of Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin. The name and image of this wine represents several features of our farm. It is reminiscent of our many years of hosting the agritourism Fall Pumpkin Harvest, where we would open our farm to visitors who would pick pumpkins, be given educational farm tours, take a hayride and enjoy the countryside. It also relates to our nursery business because the maple tree variety named ‘October Glory’ was one of our most popular sellers. It is also a sign of honor and respect for our country and those who serve.
Our finest red wine blend of estate Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin. This wine and label is the most special of them all, as it is named after the patriarch of our family, Russell Watson, Sr. Russell was a larger than life personality, who dearly loved his family, his farm, and his community. He enjoyed all that the land and the river had to offer, and was often found hunting or fishing with family and friends. This label pays tribute to those memories, and the love and laughter they evoke. We’ve enjoyed sharing our stories with you, and hope that you get a chance to come down to the farm and try all the wine that stands behind these labels! Stay tuned for more wine releases soon in late 2017 and early 2018, and the stories that come with their labels. Cheers!
Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards packaging design and photo: loblolly.biz