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Introducing The Archi-Bottle Prize

When art and wine combines.

If you’re someone who equally enjoys fine art but still chooses wine based on the label design, this might just be the one art prize you attend all year. Jokingly referred to as Australia’s second most famous art prize, the Cake Wines Archi-Bottle brings lovers of art and wine together for a night of excellence in wine bottle label design.

Cake Wines Archi Bottle Now in its fifth consecutive year, The Archi Bottle prize sees established and emerging artists from Australia and around the world competing for the chance to have their work featured on the 2017 Adelaide Hills Barbera bottle, which is slated for a late 2018 release.

“Our bottles are prime real estate for great creative work,” says Cake Wines Co-Founder Glen Cassidy.

“Entrants range from people at home just having a crack, to well-established professional artists with global recognition.”

Cake Wines Archi Bottle Admittedly, the prize started out as “a bit of a piss take,” says Cassidy.

But in 2018, it’s wearing a slightly more serious hat. Past entrants have included Del Katherine Barton, Sean Edward Whelan, Jodee Knowles and Daniel ‘Ears’ O’Toole. To win, artists need to engage with what’s in the bottle.

“Light in colour, soft in terms of tannins, and an overall lively style of wine, handpicked with a portion of the wine left in old oak to add a different dimension, the aim is to make a very different style of Barbera than what people know,” says Sarah Burvill, Cake Wines Head Winemaker.

Cake Wines Archi Bottle
To enter, simply download the information pack and follow the instructions on the entry form. Entries close on March 23, with a finalists’ exhibition featuring 30 of the best works to be held on April 13 at the Cake Wines Cellar Door, where the winner will be announced. The Archi Bottle Prize winner will take home $2000 cash and 5 cases of Cake Wine, while their work will be on bottles sent out across the country.

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Published 23 February, 2018