Bergin Glass
4.9 stars - based on 18 reviews
451 Technology Way Napa, CA 94558
(707) 224-0111 Hours: Mon-Fri 8am - 4:30pm Categories: Screen Printing , Bottle Etching Price Range: $$

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the difference between etching and screen printing?

Etching is the process of hand engraving or carving glass via sandblasting, followed by hand painting. Screen printing requires specialty print machines specifically designed to handle bottles. When screen printing, thermal-plastic inks are applied via squeegee and screens before being fired in a high temperature Lehr for at least 2-3 hours to permanently fuse paint to the glass.

Do you only screen print and etch labels on wine bottles?

No, we also work on glass containers for beer and spirits, gourmet food products, olive oil, cannabis, and water bottles.

What is your lead time?

In both screen printing and etching, a typical lead time is 3-4 months (from initial contact). Our process starts with artwork development, followed by pre-production sampling through complete production run. This timeline can fluctuate based on overall quantity of bottles and/or complexity of a project.

Do you have required minimums?

Screen print: 250 (12 pack) cases for 200ml – 750ml in size, single varietal. Screen printed large formats (1.5L and 3L): for large formats we reference bottles instead of cases when determining quantities. We require a minimum of 120 bottles for 1.5Ls and 3Ls. Please be aware that the number of colors allowed could change our minimum requirements. Etching: we have no minimums in custom etching. Dressing: we have no minimums required for dressing and fulfillment.

Will you screen print less than stated minimums?

Yes, but ONLY in the months of September and October.

Can we tour the facility?

Yes! We would love to have you in. Appointments are required. You can tour both screen printing and etching, as well as our showroom.

Are you a bonded facility?

No, but we can receive full shiners Tax Paid.

Can you recycle screen printed and etched bottles?

Screen printed bottles are 100% recyclable. The paint gets melted down with and into the glass when being repurposed. Etched bottles are 100% recyclable after the paint has been removed which can very easily be stripped off the bottle with water and pressure. Screen printed and etched bottles are also perfect for upcycling; you can repurpose them for candles, water bottles or vases. We have even seen them turned into chandeliers!

What is your approach to sustainability?

We partner with vendors who participate in sustainable practices to ensure we are actively mindful of our carbon footprint as a company. The minimal waste generated by our production operation is almost 100% recyclable. We recycle pallet wrap, damaged boxes, and glass containers, as well as recycle or reuse wooden pallets. If we experience a quality control issue (misprint), paint is hand scraped from the un-fired ware and re-printed. In the rare case of a misprinted run that has already gone through the Lehr, the entirety of the product, glass, & cardboard case, is recycled.

What CAN you screen print?

GLASS bottles and other cylindrical glass vessels typically intended to contain liquid.

What CAN’T you screen print?

Apparel, decanters, metal, plastic, wood, wine stems, and glassware.
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Screen Printing

McClean Vineyards

Behind The Bottle

The owner of McClean Vineyards fell in love with screen printing allowing it to play an integral role in his success. It’s not often screen printing makes it into the storytelling of a wine but in this case, it has everything to do with McClean’s story.

When working with a complicated design, the goal is to make it production friendly while not sacrificing the client’s vision. Bergin and McClean worked closely together on all design details of these labels pushing the envelope with each and every package produced.

Services

  • Screen Printing

Design Details

“Through the process of screen printing and soul searching, McClean discovered a way to merge his love of art and good wine. And once he started his journey, he never looked back. Every bottle has a story to tell inside and outside. We pour craftsmanship and passion into every bottle, so that those sharing a bottle can connect in the way that matters most. We believe wine is an experience and we’ve designed our bottles to express that.” – McClean Vineyards

McClean Vineyards: Glass Bottle Screen Printing
Glass Bottle Screen Printing for Mcclean Vineyards
Wine bottle screen printing for Mcclean Vineyards

Let’s Get Technical

Labels Clemence and Simone both feature neck printing treatments. Both McClean’s quantities and selection of a neck-print friendly bottle allowed this decoration to be possible. One Last Syrah showcases both neck and shoulder printing. Burgundy-shaped bottles lend themselves well to shoulder decoration. Their often gradually sloped shoulders make it easy for the screens and machines to find a printable surface. This is harder to achieve in traditional Bordeaux-shaped bottles as the shoulder of the bottle tends to be way more angled, making it difficult to find a printable surface.

The LOVE bottle has a lot of colors, seven to be exact. This was challenging for screen print, specifically for color registration and lining up the colors to get clean lines when laying down one color to the next. In the spirit of making the design production-friendly, we added a black border around the letters to cover up any misalignment of colors.

McClean Vineyards: Cost of screen printing bottles
Screen Printing for Glass Bottles: McClean Vineyards

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