Global Package Partner, Estal Glass, Announces International Launch of its Prize-Winning Sommelier Bottle at IQ June 12, 2019

Napa, CA  June 12, 2019 — Global Package LLC President and CEO, Erica Harrop, proudly announces the international launch of Estal Glass’ latest innovation for the wine industry at the IQ show in May with the team from Estal on hand to answer questions about the Sommelier bottle. Global Package is Estal’s sole US distributor, with offices on both coasts and inventory on hand to expeditiously fulfill orders. The Sommelier design won the prestigious Oscar de l’emballage Award in 2018, and since its introduction in Europe, it has been adopted by many illustrious wineries, including the Provence Chateau Margüi, which is owned by Star Wars director, George Lucas. Estal was a Gold Sponsor at the IQ (Innovation + Quality) Forum held last month in Napa, CA, where it presented the Sommelier at its exclusive private lounge.

            The Sommelier bottle features a simple and more fluid figure, an anti-drip barrier, larger neck diameter to meet a standard capsule, and a ‘sommelier’ groove, which facilities a clean, straight cut of the capsule. The result is a perception of higher weight and premium quality level. Additionally, the bottles don’t require any changes in bottling production. Since they’ve been designed to match standard bottle heights and weights, wineries can use their same equipment, capsules, and corks. The format, available in both high- and low-end versions, allows direct printing on almost the entire height.

            “We’re thrilled to be the only Estal representative in the States,” says Harrop. “This extraordinary design breakthrough has taken off in Europe since it was introduced last year. It’s exciting to be at the forefront of introducing it to the American market.”

            In addition to its sleek design, the Sommelier model offers real functional benefits for consumers. The connecting ring and neck of the bottle has a small hollow groove in the glass, which makes the traditional extra thickness formed by the counter ring, or flange, disappear. Production of the Sommelier bottle also has a reduced carbon footprint.

            Estal, known for its inventiveness in packaging design and personalization, is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year by expanding the market reach of its Sommelier bottle, after the successful introduction in Europe.

 In addition to offering the Sommelier bottles, Global Package provides other custom bottles for the premium and ultra-premium markets at very good pricing, as well as stocking a wide selection of domestic bottles. For more information, contact or 707-224-5670. Global Package is located at 2793 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Napa, CA 94558.