Winegrowers Supplies  -  applying plain paper labels using 'wet' glue


Some advice on labelling: 

you can produce very attractive labels at almost zero cost, here's what I do:-

I design and store the labels on my PC.
When needed I print them on my laser printer; an inkjet printer is not good because the ink smudges in very damp condtions, or at least it used to at one time.

I use Adobe Photoshop LE software, which came with my scanner, to compose and alter the wording on the label image, using 'layers' for each area of wording. Originally I scanned in the main image that I wanted to have on the label.

I print 6 labels (3 x 2) on each A4 sheet and guillotine down. My guillotine cuts through 6 sheets at a time.
I use coloured paper, pastel shades, as white labels never look good.
Previously I used 100 or 90 gsm paper but I've found that 80 gsm paper is thick enough. The heat of the laser printer gives the paper a slight curl which is helpful in applying them around the bottle.

After printing I leave the labels in my winery for at least 24 hours, the paper stretches slightly as it acclimatises to the relatively humid conditions. If you don't do this the labels bulge after they are stuck on the bottle.

I label in batches of 36 or 48 bottles, cleaning the bottles first.
I then stick the labels on using a glue stick, wiping a strip of glue down the two vertical edges of the label.
It's easiest to hold the bottle upside down when you position the label, so your eyes can allign the bottom of the label parallel with the bottom of the bottle.

I then leave the bottles standing on the bench for a few hours, for the glue to dry, before putting them away in cartons.

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