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What are the different sizes of wine bottles?

What are the different sizes of wine bottles?

Large or small, there’s never enough wine bottles!

When it comes to wine, the more, the better. With such a cool and versatile drink, you can easily see why a bottle of wine is never large enough; our favorite fermented juice just makes every occasion better! Everyone love a glass of wine.

People have enjoyed wine from large and small bottles for centuries. The standard 75cl bottle was established relatively recently, in the 1970s. Before that, shipping, handling, selling and taxing wine was a nightmare — let’s say wine bottles were quite irregular. Today, there are about twelve ‘official’ wine bottle sizes, and each has a purpose. Here’s what you need to know about different sizes of wine bottles.


What is the average size of a wine bottle?

An average bottle of wine holds 750 ml or just over 25 ounces. That’s roughly 357 bottles from a standard 59-gallon barrique or barrel, in case you were wondering.



Why is wine in 750 ml bottles?

No one knows why the standard bottle of wine became, well, standard. Still, there are some theories. A standard bottle of wine holds five 5-ounce pours, which is somewhat the ideal amount of wine at the table for a nice dinner. Others say this was the largest size a glassblower could shape with their lung capacity, which, frankly, sounds ridiculous.


What we do know is that the standard bottle size was already popular before it became official. In the US, people called a standard bottle of any spirit or liquor a ‘fifth’ and held one-fifth of a gallon, or 757 ml. That’s about the same size as the modern standard bottle. Things haven’t changed much, have they?


What is the largest wine bottle size?

The largest wine bottle size of commercial significance is the Solomon or Melchior, which holds 18 liters or 24 standard bottles of wine. There are larger bottles, though, although they’re rarely produced. The 15-liter Nebuchadnezzar holds 20 standard bottles of wine, and producers have created other rare, large sizes throughout history for special occasions.


What are 12 bottles of wine called?

Here are the bottle sizes to know and love:


  • 27 L Primat: 36 standard bottles.
  • 0 L Solomon: 24 standard bottles.
  • 0 L Nebuchadnezzar: 20 standard bottles.
  • 0 L Balthazar: 16 standard bottles.
  • 0 L Salmanazar: 12 standard bottles.
  • 0 L Imperial or Methuselah: 8 standard bottles.
  • 5 L Rehoboam: 6 standard bottles. (Reserved for sparkling wine.)
  • 5 L Jeroboam: 6 standard bottles.
  • 0 L Double Magnum: 4 standard bottles.
  • 5 L Magnum: 2 standard bottles.
  • 375 ml Demi or Half: Half standard bottle.
  • 250 ml Split (Chopine): A quarter of a standard bottle.


Now Let’s Have a Glass of Wine!


Now that you’ve learned a bit more about the complex world of wine, enjoy a bottle with the ones close to you. Find red, white, rosé and sparkling wine on juicefly.com. Wine from many different countries and in a myriad of styles delivered right to your doorstep. JuiceFly is the easiest way to get wine in LA.



Interested in learning more about wine? Check out our other articles:

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