Wine Bottle Sizes and Shapes

Wine Bottle Sizes and Shapes

Wine comes in a range of stylings from big and fortified to light and petite. Most wines are produced in a variety of shapes and sizes. When it was discovered that larger bottles looked better and could change the taste of a wine, they began being used more often. It was discovered that larger wine bottles could allow the wine to age and develop over longer periods of time than standard bottles in the 1700s.

Wines from a larger bottle age slowly and develop more complexity than wines from smaller bottles. This is due to the amount of oxygen residing between cork and wine.

Another benefit of large format bottles is that they have thicker glass and the volume of wine inside is less likely to experience any temperature variations that would cause uneven aging. But what are the different-sized bottles that wine comes in? Let’s look at them all.

  • A Piccolo, Pony, or Split is 187.5 ml and is equivalent to about 1/4 of a standard bottle or 1 glass of wine.
  • A Half or Demi is 375 ml and is equivalent to 1/2 of a standard bottle or 2.5 glasses.
  • A Half-Liter or Jennie is 500 ml and is equivalent to 2/3 of a standard bottle or 3 glasses of wine.
  • A Standard is 750 ml and is equivalent to 5 glasses of wine.
  • A Liter is 1 L and is equivalent to 1 1/3 of a standard bottle or 7 glasses of wine.
  • A Magnum is 1.5 L and is equivalent to 2 standard bottles or 10 glasses of wine.
  • A Jeroboam or Double Magnum is 3 L and is equivalent to 4 standard bottles or 20 glasses of wine.
  • A Rehoboam is 4.5 L and is equivalent to 6 standard bottles or 30 glasses of wine.
  • A Methuselah or Imperial is 6 L and is equivalent to 8 standard bottles or 40 glasses of wine.
  • A Salmanazar is 9 L and is equivalent to 12 standard bottles or 60 glasses of wine.
  • A Balthazar is 12 L and is equivalent to 16 standard bottles or 80 glasses of wine.
  • A Nebuchadnezzar is 15 L and is equivalent to 20 standard bottles or 100 glasses of wine.
  • A Melchior is 18 L and is equivalent to 24 standard bottles or 120 glasses of wine.
  • A Solomon is 20 L and is equivalent to 26 bottles or 130 glasses of wine.
  • A Sovereign is 26 L and is equivalent to 35 standard bottles or 175 glasses of wine.
  • A Primat or Goliath is 27 L and is equivalent to 36 standard bottles or 180 glasses of wine.
  • A Melchizedek or Midas is 30 L and is equivalent to 40 standard bottles or 200 glasses of wine.

There are a wide range of sizes when it comes to wine bottles, as you can tell. On average it is likely that you’ll choose a standard bottle but it is good to know there are options if you are a collector, like to host events, or are just curious to get your hands on a bottle as large as some of these!

 

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