As early as 6,000 years ago, the Sumerians in Mesopotamia Cylinder seal used for the labeling of wine vessels. These were two to eight centimeters long and two inches thick cylinder of stone. The inscription or images contained on it could be unrolled on a soft tone. Essentially, this was information about the origin of the wine contained in the vessel. The Greeks and Romans were small signs with information to the amphorae hanged or information engraved directly into the amphorae. Such pendants made of various materials were also in the Middle Ages wine vessels used. By "hanging around", of course, fraudulent intentions were easily possible. Important information about the wine like the vintage or a producer-sign were also by means of cork brand on the cork appropriate.
Labels in their present form were introduced only from the beginning of the 19th century with the advent of lithography (lithography). However, a broad use could only be made when the problem of liability on the bottles was solved. One of the earliest examples is a Castle Johannisberg of the year 1822, on which the castle with the surrounding vineyards is represented.