Virgin Wines celebrates the ‘joy of wine’ in its first major rebrand in 20 years

Virgin Wines has introduced its first major rebrand in two decades, including a fresh logo, colour palette, and typography. Crafted by Norwich agency Borne, it’s designed to breathe new life into the range and emphasise the “joy of wine from grape to glass”.

Almost two decades since entering the market with a vision to shake up the traditional wine connoisseur space, Virgin Wines recently decided it needed to adapt and refine its brand to better reflect its unique value proposition. Nathan Wadlow, brand and digital marketing director at Virgin Wines, said it was the company’s intention to not only be recognised but to be known for excellence. “With an elevated brand, we aimed to deliver long-term commercial value and a tangible, positive impact on Virgin Wines’ people,” he explained.

The rebranding, a decision not taken lightly, was informed by extensive market research, which revealed that Virgin Wines was perceived as lacking in buying expertise and premium quality – a perception the company was, quite understandably, eager to change. The new identity, therefore, pivots on the theme of ‘joy,’ which encapsulates the entire customer experience, from selecting a wine to the moment of tasting.

Borne introduced several innovative elements in the rebrand, including a swirling new logo that mimics the motion of wine in a glass, enhancing the sensory experience of wine tasting. This new logo replaces the previous static wine glass mark. It is complemented by a bespoke font developed by Dalton Maag, which includes unique ‘flowing’ lines and subtle references to joy and wine droplets.

The colour palette has also been revamped, retaining the iconic Virgin red but introducing gradients inspired by various wine types like Malbec and Riesling. These are intended to evoke the light refracting through swirling wine. This choice not only ties back to the product itself but also helps maintain a connection to the broader Virgin brand’s identity.

Photography plays a crucial role, too, with a focus on authenticity and capturing real moments of enjoyment. Julia Patrick, design lead at Borne, outlined the approach: “We developed photography pillars that focus on putting the product on a pedestal, celebrating the detailed process from grape to glass, showing the people behind Virgin Wines, and capturing joyous moments of our customers.”

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The result is a sophisticated identity that fully embraces the brand’s new motto, ‘A joy that flows naturally,’ influencing every design decision and reinforcing the brand’s commitment to creating exceptional experiences. Wadlow praised Borne’s deep engagement with the project, noting, “They fully immersed themselves in our culture, market positioning, and product strategy, which enabled them to grasp a deep understanding of the nuances of what we were trying to achieve.”

As Virgin Wines moves forward with its refreshed brand, it hopes to make a significant impact on the wine industry, offering both premium products and “joyous experiences” to its customers. Wadlow adds: “Borne has delivered an identity that perfectly represents our brand vision, and we couldn’t be happier with the creative vibrancy and clarity we now have.”

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