How Colorful Illustrations can shape the South African Wine industry!


The project below was designed by Dimitra Tzanos, a Greek Graphic Designer based in Athens and was used as part of the Wine literature for the Athens based African-inspired restaurant Kozi’s.The script used is a custom font Dimitra Tzanos made from the owners unique handwriting.
Dimitra Tzanos
was born and raised in Johannesburg. She studied Graphic Design but she prefers to call herself an illustrator or even just a drawer…whatever the world understands.Generally she has this obsession with organizing and categorizing information, eliminating unnecessary details and keeping things simple.!  

Let’s enjoy her artwork ! 

1652 : In the 1600’s the spice trade flourished and Europeans sailed across Africa to the East to find the most exotic of spices. The journey was long and hard so the Dutch decided to create something like a halfway stop that would allow sailors to stock up on food and wine. Today this stop is known as Cape Town.


1685 : Constantia was used to produce wine, fruit, vegetables and cattle for the sailors on their journey to the East. Huge vineyards were planted and today it is known for its production of high-qualityred wines like Shiraz & Merlot.


1689 : The wine industry in South Africa was greatly influenced by the French Huguenots, many of whom had vineyards in France before arriving in South Africa. These settlers were allocated farms in Franschhoek, Afrikaans for ‘French corner’.


1859 : In the late 1700′s wines from Constantia earned a great reputation across Europe. The area soon fell under British rule and large quantities of wine were exported to Britain. This was great for the industry, but in 1860 a free trade agreement was signed between France and Britain that lead to an increase in exports from France and limited exports from South Africa.


1994 : For much of the 20th century, the wine industry of South Africa received very little attention on the worldwide stage. It wasn’t until the early 1990′s when Apartheid ended and the world’s export market opened up that South African wines began to experience a renaissance.

Maria Papaefstathiou

VISUAL DESIGNER since 1996 and blogger since 2010. Living in Athens, Greece. She has been focusing her research on poster design and particularly on social poster design and portrait design. Her main poster project is a series of posters celebrating great personalities of traditional and popular culture in Greece and Jamaica. These include actors, singers, musicians, poets etc. This is an ongoing project. “I believe that design is a powerful tool that we designers can use to spark enthusiasm, change mindsets and bring positive actions to our world and our culture”. FOUNDER AND EDITOR OF GRAPHICART-NEWS.COM BLOG. She carefully curates high-quality designs, illustrations, and art, from all over the world that will teach and provoke other designers. Many consider her blog to be an exceptional educational tool. CO-FOUNDER OF THE INTERNATIONAL REGGAE POSTER CONTEST which was launched on December 2011, partnering, the creative activist Michael Thompson aka Freestylee. (

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