Perennial Vintners
Our Label Art
• Introduction/Home
• Our History
• Our Wines
• Non-wine products
• Vintage/harvest
• Our Vineyards
• The Winery
• Our News & newsletters
• "In the News"
• Contact Us
• Tasting/Visit & Schedule
• Directions
• Recipes
• Where to find PV wines
• Misc.
• Weather Station
• We want you to know
• Our sister site:
   MelonDeBourgogne.com
• Another sister site:
   Isletage.com
  Our Estate wine labels are commissioned artworks by Dianne Gardner of Port Orchard. When I first saw her work my attention was immediately grabbed by her portraits. You can see more of her work at her website: http://www.gardnersart.com/.

This is Dianne with her daughter Ruth West, who is the model for the lovely lady in the Müller Thurgau and Madeleine Angevine images. (Photo taken on a cold winter day so we're all huddled in thick jackets, by MikeL - 12-Dec-2006.)
(full size image 421Kb .jpg)

And this is Dianne with her other daughter Mary, who is the model for the lovely lady in the Melon de Bourgogne image. (Again, photo taken on a cold winter day so we're all huddled in thick jackets, by MikeL - 09-Feb-2009.)
(full size image 408Kb .jpg)

The artworks were each done entirely by Dianne. The bordering, choice of fonts and wording that reduce the beauty of the overall work were done entirely by Mike Lempriere -- apologies for my lack of artistic sensitivity. All the originals are on display in our humble winery -- please come visit us to see them.

Below are the pieces and their stories, in the order they were created.

Müller Thurgau
Commissioned in 2006 for our dry white wine made from 100% Muller Thurgau grapes.
First used on the vintage 2005 release.
Copyright © 2006 Perennial Vintners.

I asked Dianne to use our vineyard as the basis of an image for the label and left it pretty much at that. The final piece was simply a more thorough version of her initial piece -- although I didn't really know what I wanted, she found it!

Madeleine Angevine
Commissioned in 2008 for our dry white 100% Madeleine Angevine grape wine.
First used on the vintage 2007 release.
Copyright © 2008 Perennial Vintners.

Upon finishing our second wine, I asked Dianne for another work in the style established with the first piece both artistically and thematically. With a little back-and-forth on the lovely lady (I felt she had to have longer hair), we arrived fairly directly at this image.

Ichigo
Commissioned in 2008 for our strawberry port-style dessert wine.
First used on the 2008 release.
Copyright © 2008 Perennial Vintners.

"Ichigo" is the Japanese word for strawberry -- with this release we honored the Japanese/American strawberry farming heritage of Bainbridge Island. As the wine is packaged in a narrow 500mL bottle (click link above to see bottle photo), there was very little room for detailed artwork. These constraints brought Dianne to do this simple Sumi-styled strawberry.

Frambelle
Commissioned in 2008 for our raspberry port-style dessert wines.
First used on the 2008 release.
Copyright © 2008 Perennial Vintners.

This is a small bottle (same as Ichigo above) with very limited space for artwork. "frambelle" is a made-up word combining the French words for raspberry (framboise) and beautiful (belle). I told Dianne about the wine and she provided exactly what was needed, a beautiful cluster of raspberries.

Melon de Bourgogne
Commissioned in 2008 for our dry white 100% Melon de Bourgogne grape wine.
First used on the vintage 2008 release.
Copyright © 2008 Perennial Vintners.

Our third white table wine was a longer time in coming as we had to start by planting a vineyard, growing the grapes for 4 years, then making the wine for a year... Dianne and I agreed that we should continue with our "girl in the vineyard" theme. Dianne looked through the PV website, and found a photo I had made a year or so earlier of our vineyard, and she based this piece on that. I was thrilled as I recognized the basis of the image immediately as being my vineyard! As requested, she made the bare winter scene into a much more attractive harvest scene.

Verjus
Commissioned in 2009 for our verjus (unfermented tart grape juice used for cooking).
First used on the 2009 release. (There was a previous release in 2008 that had a text-only label.)
Copyright © 2009 Perennial Vintners.

This is a small bottle (same a Ichigo above) with very limited space for artwork. In the same vein as the Frambelle (above), Dianne provided a cluster of grapes just as they look when ready for use in verjus.

Magelica 2010
Commissioned in 2012, for our Magelica dessert wine.
Only used on the 2010 Magelica release. This was a one-time only wine, I don't expect we'll ever have the weather conditions to do this wine again.
Copyright © 2012 Perennial Vintners.

I asked Dianne if she could do an Angelica flower... The printing on the label came out poorly, dark to almost black & white - in the artwork the background is a deep rich purple.

Isletage 2012
Commissioned in 2013, intended for use on our first release of Siegerrebe. However, difficult growing conditions in 2012 left us with a lovely blend of wines instead of a varietal.
First used on the 2012 Isletage release.
Copyright © 2013 Perennial Vintners.

Dianne brought the lovely models to the vineyard for the artwork. As we used this artwork on a wine that is a blend of multiple grapes, it works out really well that there are two lovely ladies in this while all our others have just one.

Siegerrebe 2014
Commissioned in 2015, for our first release of Siegerrebe.
First used on the 2014 Siegerrebe release.
Copyright © 2015 Perennial Vintners.

I appreciate the dark vineyard post area to the right, allowing the label writing to be more clear. I also adore how she managed to bring my row-end roses into this image.


Copyright ©   Perennial Vintners 2004-2017