Orange Contact SGS


Natural wines have recently become the beverage du jour, but fashion designer Rosie Assoulin’s line of biodynamic blends could walk the runway at NYFW. Assoulin, a 2015 CFDA award winner, only tried natural wine at dinner with a friend a few years back, but that faithful sip sparked an admiration for the complex tasting notes and intricate production process associated with the varietals and set her on a path of discovery. She spent the next few years sharing her favorite blends with friends at parties, and even convinced her husband Max—who self admittedly never had a taste for grapes—to hop onto the natural-wine bandwagon. Realizing a gap in the market, Assoulin did what any creator would: she decided to make her own. 

The husband-and-wife duo enlisted the expertise of close friend and Eleven Madison Park’s head sommelier Cedric Nicaise, as well as Patrick Bouju and Justine Loiseau, the wine producers behind the French label Domaine La Boheme, to launch Vivanterre. True to her roots, Assoulin ensured that it was well-dressed, working with Apartamento creative director Omar Sosa to design the bottle’s art-forward label and its signature emerald green wax topper.

Vivanterre, which means “living earth” in French, aims to produce sustainable wines with minimal interference. The brand currently offers five blends, available through its e-commerce site or at select local wine shops and restaurants across the U.S. Our favorite? The Orange Contact SGS, made from a mix of Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes.