About Our Labels

We are home winemakers ourselves, and specialize in printing custom personalized wine labels. All of our labels are toner based and water resistant. That means our custom labels will not smear or smudge.

Here’s some basic information about our different label materials and adhesives.

Gloss Labels

Your custom labels have a gloss plastic laminate which makes them very waterproof, and are perfect for long soaking in ice buckets and coolers. The gloss makes the colors "pop" and gives more depth to the label, and also makes them easy to remove when used with the removablr adhesive. This is the best choice for labels that have a lot of ink coverage with very little paper showing through. Perfect for all your wines, including sparkling wine, beer, and chilled wines.

Matte Label

Your personalized labels are water resistant and won't smear, smudge or run. They hold up well to moisture and condensation, although long soaking in water is not recommended, as the paper will eventually absorb water and loose structural integrity. This is usually the best choice when the design does not have a lot of ink coverage, allowing the paper to be seen and felt.

Permanent Adhesive

The permanent adhesive keeps your custom personalized labels on the bottle no matter what. The adhesive is very water resistant but not waterproof, and will stand up to long soaking in water. As with all adhesives and glues, allowing the adhesive to cure for a few days before getting chilled will help.

Removable Adhesive

Our high tack removable adhesive is strong enough to keep your label on the bottle, but makes it easy to remove when you want to. Just peel off dry… no soaking or solvents required. Removal is even easier when the gloss laminate is applied as well (prevents the paper from tearing). Repositioning of the label is also possible in case things go a little wrong when placing the label on the bottle. The adhesive is not 100% water resistant, but will stand up well to condensation and moisture. We don’t recommend soaking these labels in water (ice buckets, coolers, etc...).

General Labeling Practices

For best results your labels should be applied to clean, oil-free, room-temperature bottles. Obviously room temperature is relative, but warmer is definitely better. We recommend 70 degrees F or higher. Cold surfaces or condensation on a cold container will prevent labels from adhering properly.

Important: If you are reusing bottles and used a solvent to remove a previous label, ensure the glass is thoroughly cleaned before applying the label. Any solvents used to remove a label will prevent a new label from adhering properly. Keep in mind the adhesive bond becomes stronger the longer it’s been applied, so it may take up to a few days to completely set (again, depending on temperature). This can be especially important with the removable adhesive.

Keep in mind the adhesive bond becomes stronger the longer it’s been applied, so it may take a few days to completely cure (again, depending on temperature).

There are a few different techniques for applying labels by hand, but we’ve found the most reliable is lining the label up with the seam of the bottle. Just find the slight line running vertically up the bottle, then line up the vertical edge of the label with that line. Apply the edge of the label to the line, then rub your finger back and forth across the label while pressing down, slowly moving towards the other side of the label ensuring there are no bubbles or wrinkles.

We also provide label applicators which ensure a straight and consistant application of the label every time. Purchase here.

If you have any questions about your labels, feel free to contact us on our contact us page for assistance.