In 1989, we began as an artisanal etching and painting studio and many of our etch artists have been there since those early days. Each bottle is hand etched and hand painted in quantities as low as a single bottle or up to 10,000 bottles across every format size from 375ml to 27L. As a cold process, we’re able to work on filled bottles, making etching a wonderful option for tasting room or special wine club offerings, restaurant and distributor promotions, auctions, or private collectors.
Our etching process
You will be assigned a dedicated Account Executive and a Production Artist who will oversee your etching project from start to finish, typically about four months depending on quantity. Your Bergin team will take on logistics to ensure we have the bottles – filled or unfilled – in time for our production timeline.
Custom artwork recreation
We’ll take your label inspiration, be it your paper label designs, a cherished photo, or a piece of original art, and completely translate it to an etched format from scratch. We fondly refer to our etching artists as “the best art forgers in the business,” as each bottle is a one-of-a-kind work of art with slight variations across each bottle.
Handmade & human-driven
As one of the oldest and largest etching companies on the West Coast, our industry knowledge and expertise is unparalleled. Each etch artist comes to us with a passion for painting, and many have been with us for more than 20 years. After translating your vision into etchable artwork and sampling as needed, we make an etching mask in order to etch millimeters into the glass, then finish by hand painting each bottle.
Standing the test of time
From standout gifts, awards and celebrations to speciality wine club or tasting room offerings, etching transforms a bottle of wine into a keepsake item, meant to be displayed proudly. When working on full bottles, we never expose them to temperatures higher than 66°F, making the process ideal for finishing large format shiners in a way that feels incredibly intentional and special.
“Winemakers and artists have drawn inspiration from one another for centuries.” World-class artisans are honored each year in Chateau Ste. Michelle's annual artist series of one-of-a-kind bottle etchings.
01. Submit Design
Upload your design via our Design Center form.
02. Sample Development
Review & approve artwork prior to printing.
In-house at our state-of-the-art facility in south Napa.
04. Quality Check
Unparalleled quality control, from color theory to registration.
Shipped to you and ready for bottling.