Californian wine brand Böen partners with SharpEnd and Guala Closures to launch first NFC-enabled wine bottles in the United States1 August 2019
Californian wine brand Böen, part of Copper Cane Wines & Provisions by Joseph Wagner, announces itself as the first United States wine brand to deploy Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology to date. On 1 August, NFC connected bottles will be released across the United States, offering consumers the ability to be taken to the home of the Böen farmhouse with a tap of Böen’s cap.
This new technology, developed by technological visionaries SharpEnd – The Agency of Things and Guala Closures, gives consumers instant access to information about the wine they are purchasing simply by tapping the bottle’s cap with their smartphone. This is thanks to e-WAK, Guala Closures’ award-winning, first NFC-integrated aluminium closure for wine.
By inviting users to ‘tap our cap’, consumers will have instant access to unparalleled information about the wine they are purchasing simply by tapping the bottle’s cap with their smartphone and taking them to the vineyards where the wines are made. Without ever downloading an app, a portal is opened that takes you to Böen’s farmhouse where consumers can be educated about where and how their wine was made, offering food pairings, and a central place for fans to share their own experiences with Böen within the platform and via social media.
Joseph Wagner, founder of Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, says: “At Copper Cane, not only are we innovating with how we grow grapes and make our wines, but also through how we connect with our consumers. By ‘Tapping our Cap’ using the NFC technology created by Guala Closures and implemented by SharpEnd, Böen drinkers will be transported to the very vineyards where our grapes our grown and where the California sunshine and long growing season bring forth the robust and bold flavors we are known for.”
Cameron Worth, CEO and founder at SharpEnd, adds: “There is increasing consumer demand for connected packaging across a range of technologies. We know from experience that brands who leverage connected packaging to drive engagement can learn more about what their consumers want and keep up with emerging trends. A rollout of this scale has been a long time coming, and SharpEnd is very proud to support this trailblazing commitment from Böen.”