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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Join Us at 2022 WIN Expo in Santa Rosa, CA

Want to learn how screen printing and etching can increase the value of your brand? Meet us at the WIN Expo - Booth #450 - on Thursday, December 1st at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds! We are beyond excited to showcase the latest packaging solutions that have proven to not only elevate our clients’ branding but also increase their sales.

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Screen Printing Dressing

Bogle Vineyards: Phantom Wine

Behind The Bottle

Bogle Vineyards, along with their glass supplier and design team, met with Bergin in 2018 to refresh their Phantom Chardonnay package. Their goal was to reach and engage new consumers with a visually stunning and impactful label. The original focus was the Chardonnay but quickly carried over to the Phantom Red Blend. The transition to screen print has been wildly successful for both labels, it’s now impossible to miss them on the shelves.

Services

  • Screen Printing
  • Dressing

Vendors

Design Details

Auston Design Group, along with San Francisco-based tech company Tactic, worked together to redesign the Phantom Chardonnay package. Phantom’s original paper label has been replaced with a screen-printed label depicting a haunted vineyard that is blanketed in a ghostly golden fog. The haunting feel to this label is no coincidence as it pays homage to the Bogle family name, which means “ghost” in Scottish.

The design wraps around the bottle and is accentuated with an elegant, 22-karat gold Phantom logo. The design is a half wrap fog gradient with feathered edges to portray slow fog creeping in through the vineyard. Why is this tricky? The focal element of this design is negative bottle surface and achieving gradients in screen print consistently is extremely difficult to do! A fog texture was created and placed behind the vines as a design and technical element to mask inconsistencies that are unavoidable in the gradient. Finding that perfect balance between color, opacity, screen mesh, and a strong client/vendor relationship is what allowed for this package to be successful.

Bogle Vineyards: Phantom Wine - Wine bottle screen dressing
Bogle Vineyards: Phantom Wine - screen dressing for wine bottles

Let’s Get Technical

In the wine and spirits industry, Augmented Reality (AR) has become a new way to engage consumers allowing them to experience more than the wine itself. While AR is already a growing trend in the world of packaging, this marks the first time that the screen-printed glass decoration world and the Augmented Reality world have come together.

Tactic helped Bogle Vineyards produce an AR Label app to coincide with their new release. By viewing the bottle in the app with your device’s camera, the imagery of the bottle is set into motion. Vines begin to grow and crawl, and a shadowy figure slowly emerges, making for a vividly haunting experience of the Phantom that is truly mesmerizing.

screen dressing for wine bottles for Bogle Vineyards: Phantom Wine
Wine bottle screen dressing for Bogle Vineyards: Phantom Wine

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