German company, Vollherbst Labels, is now taking this storytelling element of wines a wonderful step further: by incorporating actual tactile or aromatic elements from nature into bottle labels. With the company’s craftLABEL innovation, producers can now be extra imaginative and authentic with the labels they present consumers with: with craftLABEL producers can incorporate raw materials, like a particular vineyard’s very own soil or the fynbos aromas of the Western Cape into their labels. “The ideas and possibilities are as limitless as the stories found in SA’s wine industry,” says Matthias Vollherbst, managing owner and CEO. The story-telling element being a crucial part of an individual’s purchase decision, according to Mattias.
“The more expressive the product packaging, the better the positioning of the brand and the greater the appeal. This is especially true for beverages such as wine and spirits,” says Matthias. Using a process exclusively developed by Vollherbst Labels, material or aromas are incorporated into labels for a truly transcendent customer experience. “Think soil from any of South Africa’s diverse soil types, one-of-a-kind botanicals that form the heart of craft gin, or sand from the African savannah capturing the essence behind handmade liquor.”
Following the close observation of consumer trends and needs, craftLABEL was born. “Consumers want to buy regional products they trust and identify with. And while successful marketing is and always will be in the foreground at Vollherbst, craftLABEL is all about storytelling. The story, tangible on the label, breathes renewed depth into the product. This way, the product is no longer just a product, but tells the story of the brand,” explains Matthias.
The first craftLABEL was created at the Vollherbst headquarters in Endingen am Kaiserstuhl in Germany. “The region is known for its wines, most of which grow on loess soil. Everyone here is familiar with this enormously fine soil type – the feel, the smell and the colour. Especially for high-quality wines, origin plays a decisive role. A label that incorporates this loess soil, is the perfect brand story for a wine from our region. Thanks to craftLABEL, these elements find their way to the consumer.”
Every craftLABEL is special, every label unique and every material behaves differently, says Matthias. “craftLABEL is fine handcraftsmanship. Several tests are performed to determine the best mixing ratio – it is imperative that ingredients are visible and perceptible to the consumer. The production of craftLABEL has been developed based on conventional printing methods so that reproduction in large numbers is possible. craftLABEL can also be combined with almost all types of paper and colours.”
Case study: Karl Veit Winery
Karl Veit, a mineral-rich winery on the banks of the Moselle Valley in Germany, is not only known for its exquisite wine and natural viticulture, but also the area’s special slate soils. For Karl Veit, Vollherbst developed a craftLABEL depicting the estate’s history and characteristics of its vinous offerings. Slate from specific vineyard parcels was processed at Vollherbst and broken down into the smallest particles to blend perfectly with the varnish required for craftLABEL. The varnish was then applied to the paper using state-of-the-art technology and equipment.
About Vollherbst Labels
Founded in 1921, the family-owned company is a leading supplier of highly refined premium labels in the wine, sparkling wine, spirits and food and beverage sectors. Earlier this year, Matthias Vollherbst took on the reigns as the fourth-generation owner of the company based in Endingen am Kaiserstuhl, Germany. Innovative ideas, as well as a deep understanding of the values and challenges of its customers, characterise Vollherbst. Every year, a team of some 110 label enthusiasts develop and produce more than 500 million labels with state-of-the-art equipment for wet-glue and self-adhesive labels. With 35% international business, companies from Switzerland, South Africa and France are among its customers.