Honest Wines Matković

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It’s not just a business. Our days consist of beautiful and difficult moments that make us proud of the wines we created.

Honest Wines Matković

“It’s not just a business. Our days consist of hundreds of beautiful and difficult moments that make us proud of the wines we created for all the honest, human moments you will experience drinking them. Without big words, colorful labels and shiny ads, to us, this is life – true devotion to making great wines. Maybe that is the reason Matković wines have this strange power. They inspire small unspoken truths, that are, just like the wines, hard to share.”

Bottle With a Message

Thousands of Croatian winemakers struggle to find and keep their audience. The challenge lies in how to uniquely position and introduce Matković wines using only the marketing tools of a family business. Packaging is among the most important (and potent) means of communication and – especially in the case of a limited budget – the first line of communication with the consumer. Why not approach it so that it establishes an (emotional) connection with the consumer and conveys the brand’s message?

Wine(Maker)s as Inspiration

The story of Honest Wines started in 2013. We were looking for a way to stand out in an oversaturated market and tell a unique story about a family devoted to wine – wine made with love using quality grapes, fairly priced and honest, without any pretence or deceit in their communication. Honesty best describes the way the Matković family approaches their business. And so a brand was born for all those honest moments that await their fans.

On Vino Veritas

While the old saying goes “in wine, there is truth”, in the case of Honest Wines labels, the truth is also ”on“ it. The wrapping hides bottles that, when unwrapped – just like the tongue loosening after a couple of sips of wine – reveal small unspoken truths on the labels. The wrapping conceptually “hides” the secret on the bottle and at the same time functions as a gift wrapper. Every wine type reveals a new truth, and each new harvest builds on the story that never ends.

Head-spinning Results

Due to the brave market launch, the brand became recognizable within the first year with significant PR replacing classic advertising — the small producer drew major attention of the public and customers. It wasn’t just a creative success; during the first three months after the launch, Matković sold more wine than in the previous three years. Yes, years.

The packaging received major critical acclaim, including the Cropak award for the best Croatian packaging, the recognition for Best Copywriting of the Year at IdejaX and Sudnji Dan and regional awards Regpak and Balcannes. In addition to mentions in many international publications, the legendary Lürzers Archive included it among the top 200 in the world and dedicated six pages and the cover of a special issue that selects the best of the best in design packaging.