Campaign to promote modern Rioja image

27 August, 2008

Details of the new advertising campaign for Rioja have been unveiled by the Spanish wine region’s generic body.

The Talk Rioja campaign is described as a “dramatic departure from the usual scenes of vineyards and wine bottles commonly associated with generic advertising”. Its hallmark is a “vibrant illustration of two glasses of wine using the words of a group of friends having a conversation”, according to Wines from Rioja.

The campaign, which aims to create a more modern and dynamic image for Rioja among young professionals, launches at the beginning of September and encompasses both print and outdoor advertising, with 180 central London buses carrying the ads, as T-sides, from Sept 8 for two weeks.

Press ads will appear in national newspapers and leading lifestyle magazines, including Guardian Weekend, The Independent, Observer Magazine, The Times Magazine, London Lite, GQ, Red and Grazia.

Lisa Paton, senior account director of Wines from Rioja, said: “With a bold, modern colour scheme the Talk Rioja campaign places Rioja at the heart of social drinking occasions for thirty-somethings, showing them that red, white and rosé wines from Spain’s iconic wine region offer a contemporary alternative to New World wines both at home and in the on-trade.”

Rioja outperformed all other regions with 23 wines in the top 124 in this year’s New Wave Spanish Wine Awards. Recent Nielsen figures show a 20% sales increase for the region in British markets with average bottle prices of £5.20.

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