Jul 29, 2021
Erica Harrop is a glassmaking enthusiast and the Founder and Owner of Global Package. She started in the winemaking industry before transitioning to packaging. It was there that she discovered her fascination with glass and high-end bottles. She worked with leading glass companies in the 1990s and 2000s before returning to school.
Erica earned her Enology degree from the University of California, Davis, studied at the University of Bordeaux in the department of D’Oenologie, and graduated with an MBA from Sonoma State University. From there, she went on to found Global Package in 2006. Erica and her team now specialize in bottles for the world of wines and spirits.
For many wine and spirit connoisseurs, the presentation is half the enjoyment. A finely crafted bottle can not only catch the eye of the consumer but help tell the story of the drink. It’s an often overlooked — but crucial — part of the experience. From durability to design to touch, there is an art to producing finely made glassware. With the rise of craft beverages, that custom glassware is more popular than ever.
Erica Harrop is on the cutting edge of the bottle and packaging industry with her business, Global Package. She transitioned over from winemaking to glassmaking, finding her passion in quality and unique bottles. She has nearly 15 years of experience and has worked with some of the biggest names in her field. If anyone knows what goes into the perfect bottle, it’s her.
On this episode of Legends Behind the Craft, Drew Hendricks interviews Erica Harrop, the Founder and Owner of Global Package, to find out what goes into the bottle-making process. They cover topics such as sourcing, how the industry has evolved, and how Global Package customizes their bottles. They also dive into “wild glass” and what it means for sustainability in the world of glassmaking. Stay tuned for all this and more!