10 Exciting Facts About Wine & Champagne Bottles


Wine & champagne bottles have some fascinating history and are steeped in exciting facts and drama. As we are a hybrid packaging supplier with glass bottles being one of our central departments for commercial and wholesale brands, we have embarked on a pleasant journey to bring you our top ten facts about the etiquette of glass bottle making.

#1 – Why Is A Wine Bottle 750ml?

The standard wine bottle size is 750ml which works with the current European legislation for bottle packaging. They state that wine can be sold if packed in a specifically sized container. The 750ml bottle seems to be the most all-rounder regarding consumer practicality and manufacturing standards. Here are a few facts about the 750ml standard glass bottle:

  • 750ml is the exact quantity of wine per 6 serving for glasses of 125ml
  • The 750ml standard measure was a metric adaptation of the fifth (a fifth of a gallon)
  • Glassblowers in the 18th century had the strength to blow an average bottle size of 750ml

#2 – Why Is 750ml Called A Quart?

A fifth is a unit of volume formerly used for wine and distilled beverages in the United States, equal to one-fifth of a U.S. liquid gallon, or 25+3⁄5 U.S. fluid ounces (757 millilitres); it has been superseded by the metric bottle size of 750ml, sometimes called a metric fifth, which is the standard capacity of wine bottles worldwide and is approximately 1% smaller.

#3 – Why Is 750ml Called A Full Bottle?

The full bottle terminology dates back to the origin of the glass bottle blowers. The capacity of their lungs was referenced as a “full bottle”. The average blower could fill a bottle with air and reach a size of 600ml – 800ml. This resulted in the average-sized wine bottle being 750ml.

#4 – What Are The Standard Sizes Of Wine Bottles?

Bottle manufacturers tend to offer a range of sizes and designs. However, a 750ml bottle is the most popular by far, but other sizes are also available:

  • 125ml
  • 250ml
  • 350ml
  • 500ml
  • 700ml
  • 750ml
  • 1000ml
  • 2000ml


#5 – What Are Examples Of Wine Bottle Shapes?

Wine bottle shapes come in all sorts of designs and sizes. Glass tends to offer a premium weight and projects a sense of luxury to many consumers. Wine glass bottles can also be coloured and shaped into many desired bespoke shapes. A good manufacturer will offer a range of stock wine or champagne bottles that can be viewed, tested and matched with a range of different caps and closures.


#6 – How Many Bottles Is A Methuselah?

Methuselah has many meanings but more importantly, in the world of wine and champagne – ‘Methuselah’ is the meaning for an oversized bottle containing 6L. This large bottle is the equivalent of 8 bottles of champaign. You will typically see F1 racing drivers receiving these famous large bottles on the podium after the race is complete.

#7 – What Is A Jeroboam?

A Jeroboam is also known as a “Double Magnum”. It is typically 18″ in height and 5″ wide and contains the equivalent of 4 standard bottles of wine! Jeroboam is a wine bottle with a capacity four times larger than that of an ordinary bottle. Here is a list of other exciting bottle sizes:

  • Salmanazar – 9-litre champagne bottle
  • Mathusalem – 6-litre champagne bottle
  • Jeroboam – 5-litre wine or champagne bottle
  • Magnum – 1.5-litre wine or champagne bottle
  • Bouteille – 0.75-litre glass bottle
  • La Demie – 0.5-litre glass bottle
  • Le Quart – 0.2-litre glass bottle
  • Check here for more amazing different sized bottles.

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#8 – How Many Bottles Are In A Balthazar

The Balthazar is also a large bottle used for champagne. Balthazar is a 12-litre bottle equivalent to 16 bottles of champagne. Other bottles include:

  • Nebuchadnezzar: 15L – 20 bottles of Champagne
  • Solomon: 18L – 24 bottles of champagne
  • Sovereign: 26.25L – 35 bottles of champagne.

#9 – What Does The Term Corked Mean?

Sometimes, when a wine bottle is sealed with a cork, the cork may not close properly or could be faulty. For wine, if the terminology ‘corked’ is used, it means the wine is spoilt and has a musty smell upon opening. So it’s a good idea to smell and taste a sample of your wine before drinking.

#10 – Is 75cl The Same As 750ml?

Yes, 75cl is equivalent to 1 bottle of 750ml, which is six glasses of 125ml of wine or four drinks of 184ml. Furthermore, If you were to ask for a large glass of wine in a restaurant or pub, you should receive a glass with 250ml, which would be three glasses of wine per 750ml bottle.

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