Design Biltmore's Next Wine Label
Written By Marissa Jamison
For the Home
Although the calendar claims it’s still officially fall until December 21, it’s all about Christmas for us right now! Christmas at Biltmore kicked off last Saturday and Candlelight Christmas Evening tours begin tonight. It’s also the season for our commemorative Christmas at Biltmore Wine to appear around the estate, in our online store and in retail stores across the region.
Every year we hold a competition to design a wine label inspired by the holidays at Biltmore, with the winner’s artwork appearing on Christmas at Biltmore Wine bottles. The competition is intense, drawing hundreds of entries from around the country.
Need a little inspiration?
Check out these wine label designs from previous years.
The gorgeous painting on the 2012 Christmas at Biltmore Wine bottle was designed by Marcus C. Thomas of Weaverville, NC. What makes Marcus’ artistry even more breathtaking: He is a quadriplegic, paralyzed below the neck and uses his mouth to paint his incredible works of art. Thomas will be at Biltmore Winery to sign bottles of the 2012 Christmas at Biltmore Wine Dec. 22, 2012. Marcus, his wife Anne and their yellow lab Bella live and create in Western North Carolina, where the Appalachian mountains serve as a source of infinite inspiration. Visit marcusthomasartist.com for more information.
This beautiful winter scene depicting the facade of Biltmore House and a Christmas tree is by Meagan Warren of Matthews, NC and was the winner in Biltmore’s 2011 wine label design contest. Meghan noted that “Like Biltmore, this label inspires magical memories of Christmases past, present, and the wonder of those to come.” Her label cast the most votes in our 2nd annual contest which drew 128 entries and thousands of votes cast across the country.
“Snowy Sunset Scene” is the name of the winning label in the 2010 wine label design contest. Designed by Teena Steenerson of Mauldin, SC, she was looking to capture a vintage look and feel of our annual Christmas at Biltmore celebration.
Interested in participating?
Now through January 13, submit an original design, photo or piece of artwork. A panel selected by Biltmore will identify up to five semifinalists. The semifinalist submissions will be featured on Biltmore.com beginning February 1, 2013 for fans to vote for their favorite. The winning submission will appear as the label of the 2013 Christmas at Biltmore Wine and receive prizes valued at $900.
How to Enter
Submit your best original design, photo or piece of artwork online at biltmore.com/contest. Include a three-sentence summary telling us why your entry embodies “Christmas at Biltmore.”