How To Make Your Own Wine Bottle Labels

How To Make Your Own Wine Bottle Labels

How To Make Your Own Wine Bottle Labels

Making wine at home is a fairly easy and fun process. But if you really want to impress your family and friends with your beverage, applying wine bottle labels to your bottles is a must. Labels are also useful if you want to use some of your bottles as a gift.

Wine bottle labels can certainly complete the winemaking process, adding a touch of style to your wine production. But many wine enthusiasts don’t even know from where to start. I hope to help you understand why using wine bottle labels is a good idea.

Then, learn how to make your own stylish wine bottle labels!

Why Should You Make Wine Bottle Labels

When making your own wine, one of the main questions that arise is whether you should label your bottles or not. Especially if you have a low wine production and plan to consume all the bottles in a short period of time.

Well, the truth is that labeling your bottles is not a must. However, it is more classy and stylish to present your guests a labeled bottle instead of a dull, unlabeled one.

Wine bottle labels are also useful if you plan to age some of your wine. This may happen majorly if you made red wine and want to age a bottle or two for more than a year. In this case, you might make a new batch of wine before consuming all your old bottles and might create confusion between the two batches if none of the bottles are labeled.

As I already mentioned, wine bottle labels are also useful if you want to use a bottle or two as a gift. While you could as well give an unlabeled bottle to your friends, they will appreciate your effort even more if you present the bottle in a proper way.

Lastly, some people need wine bottle labels if they want to offer small wine bottles as favors, for example as a wedding favor.

Since in a private environment wine bottle labels shouldn’t necessarily contain information such as ingredients and alcoholic concentration, another question that arises is what to write on the label. Let’s see what information to include, in detail.

What To Write On Wine Bottle Labels

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What to write on the wine bottle labels depends on why you are putting a label on the bottle in the first place. If you just want to keep the bottles organized in your cellar or basement, then handmade labels reporting the year of production might be enough.

If you want to bring your winemaking skills to the next level, then it might be a great idea to make professional labels and include all the information regarding your wine on them.

Here is a list of what you should write on your wine bottle labels:
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    Name of the wine: the name of the wine is usually given by the grape variety. This means that if you used Muscadine grapes, the result of the alcoholic fermentation will be Muscadine wine. You don’t really have to write the word “wine” on the label. Just Muscadine is suggestive enough to give everyone an idea of what’s inside.
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    Place of origin: the place of origin is the vineyard from where you bought the grapes. If you used grapes bought from a supermarket, you should still be able to write on the label the county or state where the grapes were produced.
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    Quantity: standard size wine bottles have a capacity of 750ml, but you can use bottles of any size. Even if they are standard, it is still nice to write down on the label the quantity of wine that’s inside.
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    Alcohol concentration: this might seem a tricky part, yet finding out the alcoholic concentration of a wine is easy. And you should determine it for reasons that go beyond writing it down on the label. In fact, this figure will help you determine how much residual sugar there is in your wine and a series of other factors that determine the quality of the beverage.
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    Year of production: another important information to include on the label is the year of production. This information will help you consume the oldest wine first and keep track of your batches.

If you want to offer some of your bottles to family and friends, you can also include your name on the label, as a winemaker.

If you want to use small bottles of wine as event favors, then the labels need not include all the above information. Especially if you’ll buy the wine from a winery instead of making it yourself. In this case, wine bottle labels should be more personal and contain your name, the name of the event, its date and other relevant information you might want your guests to remember.

Besides the text, you should also consider the visual part of the label. Pieces of white paper with information written on them aren’t exactly attractive. As graphic elements, you can use a photo, a drawing, or a digital image.

For example, if you want to extend your wine production, you can create a personal logo to define your future brand. You can also use a photo of hilly vines, one showing a glass of wine, or anything else you might want to use as a background.

For example, if you want to use wine bottles as wedding favors, you could use a portrait of you and your partner.

In case of a more personal gift, you can personalize the label with the portrait of the person who is going to receive the bottle. If you don’t have any personal photos you want to use and don’t have a special talent in drawing up wine label designs, you can even use stock photo images from the internet.

How To Make Wine Bottle Labels By Hand

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If you are talented and don’t need many labels, the best thing is to make wine bottle labels by hand.

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    Paper
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    Transfer paper
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    Wine label paper
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    Scissors
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    Acrylic sealant

How To Make

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    Think of a design. The first step in creating your wine bottle labels is the creation of the design. Think of how you like the label to be inspiring yourself from other winemakers or wineries. If you need labels for a gift, you can use themes related to the occasion, such as Christmas or wedding.
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    Determine the size of the label. The right size of the label varies according to the size of the bottle. A too large label on a small bottle would be ridiculous. In the same way, a too small label on a regular bottle wouldn’t give enough value to the beverage. The label should cover about 50% of the height of the bottle. 
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    Determine the shape of the label. The simplest labels are square or rectangular, but if you are really talented you can create whatever shape you like. For example, you can design labels with rounded corners, atypically shaped labels or anything else you might like.
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    Draw the design. Draw your design on regular paper and see if you really like it. To do this, first cut the paper into the desired shape respecting the final dimensions of the labels. Once you have the design, put the paper on the bottle and see if you are truly satisfied with your creation. Bring any amendments to the design before proceeding to the next step.
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    Copy the design. Draw the edges of the labels on the wine label paper. Using transfer paper, copy the design you already made onto each label, then cut the individual labels.
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    Color the labels. Using colored markers, watercolor or simply colored pencils, highlight the individual lines of your design and color each individual label in the colors of your choice.
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    Add wording to the labels. Write down any information, preferably using a fountain pen.
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    Stick the labels to the bottles. Apply the labels to the bottles by simply removing the back of the wine label paper and sticking them to the bottles. To prevent the formation of air bubbles, start from one side of the label and press it smoothly over the surface of the bottle.
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    Seal the labels. Seal the labels with acrylic sealer to prevent water damage, then let them dry properly.

How To Make Wine Bottle Labels Digitally

If you have some digital skills, a great alternative is to create the wine bottle labels digitally. There are numerous software to use and in most of the cases, you’ll only need basic computer knowledge.

You Will Need

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    Wine label paper
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    Scissors
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    Acrylic sealer
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    Personal computer
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    Printer
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    Design software

How To Make

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    Think of a design. Even if you are making your wine bottle labels digitally, you will still have to come up with a design. Inspire yourself from other wine labels or think about the characteristics of an event, then draw an imaginary sketch of what you might like.
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    Use a design software to create the layout of the labels. Apart from the design, you can use the software to include any text you might want to show on the labels. If you don’t have great skills, you can even use simpler software such as MS Word to create the design. In this case, you can use an image of your choice as background and write the text above it using text boxes. Regardless of the software you use, don’t forget to set the desired dimension of the design and multiply it to cover the whole surface of a wine label paper sheet.
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    Print the labels. This is a simple step. When you are happy with the design, just hit the print button and let the printer do the rest. The only thing to decide before printing is whether you want to have colored or black and white labels.
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    Cut the labels. Using the scissors, cut each individual label apart.
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    Stick the labels to the bottle. Once you have the individual labels, stick them to the bottle in the same way as explained above. Make sure to remove any air bubbles to obtain a flawless finish.
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    Seal the labels. Apply acrylic sealer onto each label to protect it from water damage. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and let the sealing dry out completely before storing the bottle.

How To Make Wine Bottle Labels On The Internet

If you have absolutely no skills, you can make wine bottle labels on the internet. There are many online software that includes everything from predefined label sizes, shapes, designs, and even wording. These programs are typically easy to use and you’ll only have to use your imagination to come up with a unique design.

You Will Need

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    Wine label paper
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    Scissors
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    Acrylic sealer
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    Personal computer with internet connection
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    Printer

How To Make

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    Choose a website or online software. There are numerous wine label making websites or online software that have extensive databases of templates and designs. Many are free to use so you will only have the embarrassment of choice.
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    Print the labels. Once you are happy with the design, simply print the labels on wine label paper. Alternatively, some websites also offer label printing services. In this case, just place your order and you’ll have the labels delivered to you by post.
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    Cut individual labels. If you printed your own labels, cut the individual labels from the sheet of paper.
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    Apply the labels. Once you have the labels, using the same method as above, apply them to the bottles.
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    Seal the labels. Just as described for the other two methods, seal the labels with acrylic sealer to prevent damage.

Final Thoughts

Creating wine bottle labels doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, in today’s world, there is a simple solution for everything. Nevertheless, if you are talented and want to brag in front of your family and friends with unique labels, then doing them yourself either digitally or by hand is always a great solution.

Regardless of how you make them, wine bottle labels will always enhance the appearance of your bottle and will emphasize the quality of your wine.

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