“The Wine Glass is an incredible addition to the hospitality scene. It is a wonderful window and platform for our wine regions in the middle of the tourist hub of Hermanus. It allows locals and visitors to enjoy the best of our wines with lovely food and atmosphere. I am extremely grateful for what they have created.” – Bevan Newton Johnson, Managing Director, Newton Johnson Vineyards, Hemel-en-Aarde

I look back almost two years since I walked into the building in 2 Harbour Road, with Wine Glass owners Jacques, Mark and Brennan. The owners called me to design the new wine bar branding (see the brand project here.) Their vision was crystal clear.

‘Their numbers are indicative of how customers have embraced The Wine Glass offering. The sophisticated, yet warm and welcoming European ambiance and style of the venue. The delectable small-plate food menu. The wide selection of wines and tastings. The focus on local producers and fresh, seasonal ingredients.’ – The Village News

In fact, over 70 000 customers have visited The Wine Glass in the past year. Nearly 5 000 have chosen to sample one of the vertical wine tastings. Interestingly, 10 000 have decided to drink one of the four beers on offer instead. On the menu, the Firecracker Duck Chef’s Plate has firmly established itself as the most popular dish, followed by the line fish and the various sharing platters on offer.

Mark says that the highlight of his year was seeing the concept translate into reality and also, “we witnessed our people growing into a confident and highly capable team – in a relatively short time frame.”

Within the next few weeks, wine bottle 10 000 will be opened. While there are 106 wines by the glass to taste, there is a good chance that this bottle will be either a Sauvignon Blanc, the most popular grape varietal, or a bottle of Beaumont Chenin Blanc, the overall best-selling single wine. 

“We see The Wine Glass as an extension to our Tasting Room. For local and international tourists to get to visit all the wineries in the region is virtually impossible. Their staff knows our wines, our story and our wines’ stories which affords consumers the opportunity to experience our wines.”  – Gerrie Heyneke, Director and shareholder, Hermanuspietersfontein Wines

Read the full article by Raphael da Silva here.

Elegant Banner Designs for the Wine Glass’s December theme, “Summer Abundance”

I designed a few summer-themed banners to use on their emails and social media.