A journey in bottle types and bottle sizes

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A journey in bottle types and bottle sizes

A journey in bottle types and bottle sizes

Each bottle does not simply carry wine; it also contains stories about soil conditions, the character of the grapes and the soul of the region. Bottle types refer to different shapes and sizes of wine bottles that are often associated with specific wine regions or grape varieties. In the following, we will take a closer look at bottle types, both in terms of size and shape.



Each bottle type is designed to optimize the wine's storage and presentation, as well as to reflect the unique characteristics of the wines from their respective regions or grape varieties.

Here is a brief description of some of the most common types of bottles:


1.    Champagne bottle: The champagne bottle is known for its characteristic shape with a deep concave bottom. This bottle is primarily used for sparkling wines, especially known from Champagne in France. The shape helps preserve the wine's high pressure and bubbles.

2.    Bordeaux bottle: The Bordeaux bottle is characterized by its straight shoulders and a wider base. It is typically used for red wines from the Bordeaux region of France, but it is also used for other red wines around the world. The shape of the bottle emphasizes robustness and tannic structure.

3.    Burgundy Bottle: The Burgundy bottle has a more curved shape with softer shoulders and a slimmer neck. It is often used for Burgundy wines, especially chardonnay and pinot noir. This bottle shape highlights the elegance and delicacy of the wine.

4.    Riesling bottle: The Riesling bottle is known for its slim and tall shape. It is used primarily for Riesling wines, especially those from Germany. 

Bottle sizes - part of wine culture

We all know it, the standard bottle of 750 ml which equals 5 glasses. But there are many other bottle sizes. The magnum bottle and its larger siblings form an impressive and ceremonial part of wine culture and perhaps you know them from festive events? 


Standard - A world of consistency

The classic 750 ml bottle is the standard as we know it most. This size is dominant in many wine producing regions such as France, Italy and the USA. The harmonic balance between volume and durability makes it a global icon and a reliable representative of the wine world.


Magnum - Festive

When it comes to celebrations and special occasions, the magnum bottle (1.5 litres) takes the stage. This larger bottle is particularly popular in France and is synonymous with festive moments as it invites fellowship and sharing. The magnum bottle also has a practical function as it improves the maturation process and the complexity of the wine.


Double Magnum – Magnificent

Double Magnum (3 litres), also known as Jeroboam in the Bordeaux region, adds an additional aging effect to the wine. This impressive bottle size is often used to age red wine and champagne, and its presence on the table emphasizes important moments and events.


Jeroboam - Size and Prestige

The Jeroboam is an impressive bottle size, but its size varies between regions. In Bordeaux it contains 5 litres, while in Champagne it contains 3 litres. This size is often associated with prestigious wines and is a symbol of excellence and refinement.


Big, bigger, biggest – More and wilder

In addition to Magnum and Jeroboam, there are several impressive sizes such as Methuselah (6 litres), Salmanazar (9 litres), Balthazar (12 litres) and Nebuchadnezzar (15 litres), which grace special events and wine cellars. Each size carries not only a large volume of wine, but also a history and tradition that enriches the overall wine experience.


Piccolo - Little touches of luxury

For those who prefer a little bit of luxury, the piccolo bottle is perfect. Typically it contains around 200ml and is ideal for a single serving. It is particularly popular in Italy and Spain as a chic and practical solution for enjoying wine in smaller quantities.

Final Thoughts

Bottles come in all shapes and sizes, and each one tells a unique story about the place where the wine was created. By understanding the different bottle types and sizes, we open the door to a deeper understanding of the world of wine and the cultures that make it. So the next time you enjoy a glass of wine, let the bottle tell its story too. 

Cheers to the diversity in bottles and the richness they contain! 🍷✨


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