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Going beyond a label and packaging refresh, Taylors Wines' portfolio update includes augmented reality to deepen engagement with consumers, and an NFC-chipped screw cap for authentication and tamper-evidence.

To mark its 50th anniversary, South Australian family-owned Taylors Wines has undertaken a total portfolio refresh, updating its Estate, Jaraman and St Andrews labels and adopting augmented reality (AR) to drive engagement and enhance the Taylors wine drinking experience.

Via the new Taylors Wines mobile app [available on both the App Store and Google Play] wine lovers can discover the history behind the 50-year-old winery through an AR animation feature. The app was developed in collaboration with digital agency Talkin’ Things, and allows wine drinkers to unlock the AR experience using the scan feature with any bottle of Taylors Wines. Upon scanning and recognising the bottle, the application automatically initiates the animated AR feature of Taylors history.

“This is an exciting new step into how devoted wine drinkers engage with Taylors Wines,” third-generation managing director and winemaker Mitchell Taylor said, noting that the mobile technology is a stand-out feature. He also alluded to plans to take the AR experience to another level in future developments.

“While the redesign honours each of the ranges’ original designs, we’ve taken the update one step further into the future through the use of AR,” he said.

“The new application will give Taylors wine drinkers the opportunity to learn more about our family, our winery and the wine they are enjoying. And we have some exciting plans to further develop the app experience in the future.”

Purchasers of The Legacy 2014 (Taylors new super-premium Cabernet blend) will be able to access the ‘verify’ feature to ensure the wine is authentic and unopened via a unique NFC chip installed on the screw cap to communicate with a smartphone.
Purchasers of The Legacy 2014 (Taylors new super-premium Cabernet blend) will be able to access the ‘verify’ feature to ensure the wine is authentic and unopened via a unique NFC chip installed on the screw cap to communicate with a smartphone.

In addition to the label scanning feature, purchasers of The Legacy 2014 (Taylors new super-premium Cabernet blend) will be able to access the ‘verify’ feature to ensure the wine is authentic and unopened. The feature uses a unique NFC chip installed on the screw cap to communicate with the smartphone.

“We’re very excited to be one of the few Australian wineries showcasing this new technology to enhance both the experience and security of our wines, and we look forward to expanding how wine drinkers can engage with Taylors Wines further through this powerful application,” Mitchell said.

The refreshed look across Taylors Estate, Jaraman and St Andrews ranges is rolling out now, with the Taylors Wines mobile app available from today on the Apple App Store and Google Play store.
 
Taylors Wines are available at most liquor retailers in Australia and online at www.taylorswines.com.au.

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To find out more about the power of AR applications with packaging, come along to LIVE: New Frontiers in Packaging Print  on 12 August in Sydney. The day is run by Food & Drink Business stablemates' Print21 and PKN Packaging News, and will include a live demonstration of an AR app off branded packaging, developed exclusively for the day.

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