protea_olive oil_300pIn a world of cookie-cutter products, protea is on a mission to make wines that dare to be exotic and beautiful, in every way imaginable. We’ve broken new ground by offering our uniquely delicious wines in designer-crafted bottles you won’t forget – and won’t want to discard.

The inspiration for our brand is the protea (PROH-tee-uh). Haven’t heard of it? It’s the beloved national flower of South Africa, and comes in a dizzying diversity of sizes and colors; each blossom you spot is somehow a little more exotic and special than the last one.

Kind of like our wines – and our bottles.

To make our protea Chenin Blanc, our winemakers step smartly aside and allow the essence of the remarkable, too often underappreciated Chenin Blanc grape to arrive in the glass with rich fruit and verve. Our protea Red blends together Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and strives for complexity and intensity while never, ever succumbing to the pitfalls of the Big Indistinct Red; let purity reign!

How to present such dazzlers? A standard pretty label stuck on a standard boring bottle wouldn’t do.

So we sought out designer Mark Eisen, who after conquering the fashion industry has turned his attention to artistic glass. Using an advanced screen application in which nontoxic ink fuses with the glass at a very high temperature, Eisen was able to transfer his evocative designs directly onto and wrapped around the bottle. In the process, he transformed the bottles from mere containers to objects of beauty and contemplation. A bottle of protea won’t just sit on your table, it will enliven the table – and probably spark more than a little conversation.

As special as they are, protea bottles are the ultimate in green: Sure, recycling is good, but reusing is better. Your bottle of protea will be emptied at the table, with great pleasure, and then take on new life holding floral displays, or olive oil, or any favorite beverage.

protea: Hello beautiful.

The protea blog is for social, adventurous, creative women. A leading resource in South African wine education, the blog provides accessible wine knowledge, simple entertaining tips, and easy crafting ideas, giving women the confidence to entertain affordably and sustainably.