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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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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Etching Dressing

Realm Cellars

Behind The Bottle

Realm Cellars has been etching large format bottles with Bergin since 2014. Every single label we have produced for them over the years comes with unique and bespoke detail. We consider the Realm series to be a collection of some of the most complex etched and painted bottles we produce. Their labels continue to push the capabilities of artisanal painting on glass, creating one of a kind works of art inside and outside the bottle.

“Where the practical meets the dreamer, and perseverance converges with sheer luck, where intellect meets instinct, and science dances with art, where the paradox is embraced...that’s where Realm lives.” – Realm Cellars

Services

  • Etching
  • Dressing

Vendors

Design Details

Since Realm labels have color in every single layer, it is important to figure out what phase of sandblasting we need to use in order to ensure our etched layers and depth allow the correct color layers to be applied in painting. The juxtaposition of glass and painted surfaces is what brings richness and character to these hand-etched bottles. Thanks to etching, we can balance immaculate simplicity with the most intricate detail.

Realm Cellars - Wine Bottle Screen Dressing
Realm Cellars - Wine Bottle Etching

The Tempest

This label went through many iterations on Realm’s end, before settling on an original water painting of a storm rendered to tell the story of The Tempest. To recreate an original watercolor label via etching and hand painting is the definition of true artistry. We are grateful to have our talented team of etchers and artists capable of transcending Realm’s artwork to a glass canvas.

Screen Etching and Dressing for Realm Cellars
Screen Dressing for Realm Cellars

The Absurd

Realm Cellars continues to bring us creative challenges with every new label introduced encouraging us to push the envelope in the world of etching and painting. To date, The Absurd utilizes the most colors painted on a single bottle, 62 to be exact.

To understand the absurdity of this label, you need to know the full story behind its creation. While we could spend as many hours talking about this label as it takes us to paint it, we’d rather you hear it from Realm.

What is the meaning of The Absurd? They leave it up to you to discover.

Etching for Realm Cellars
Realm Cellars The Absurd - Wine Bottle Etching and Dressing

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