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Title: Wine labels in Austrian food retail stores: A semiotic analysis of multimodal red wine labels
Authors: König, Bettina 
Lick, Erhard 
Keywords: red wine labels;Austria;multimodality;marketing;retailing;content analysis
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
Source: Semiotica, 200, 313-334
Journal: Semiotica 
Abstract: From a marketing point of view, front labels play a crucial role in the consumers’ relatively quick decision-making process when buying wine in retail stores. The aim of this paper was to reveal which semiotic code systems, in particular, colors, visual representations, and designs, as well as verbal representations, Austrian wine producers use on the front labels of their red wine bottles. For that purpose, the method of content analysis was applied on a representative corpus of red wine labels. Our empirical study showed that the wine labels analyzed especially appeal to price sensitive customers through the employment of light colors. In addition, wine producers do not seem to apply the “visual-to-taste lexicon” as the labels rarely show the color “red.” Furthermore, in a large number of cases the wine producers use their family names as brand names of their wines. Moreover, both the depiction of crests and landscapes and the application of indexical brand names, emphasize the Austrian origin of wines. Finally, the extensive use of English brand names appears to connect wines to the social stereotypes of modernity, prestige, and progress.
ISSN: 0037-1998
DOI: 10.1515/sem-2014-0014
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/closedAccess
Appears in Collections:Wirtschaft (mit Schwerpunkt Zentral-Osteuropa)

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