Wine Bottle Sizes & Different Types by Name & amount of glasses

This post was last updated on September 26th, 2022 at 11:53 am

Wine bottle sizes vary. It starts with the smallest. Wine bottles can be as small as 187 ml (called split or piccolo), which is about a 3-ounce serving. Wine bottles can also be as large as 4.5 liters, which is about 128 ounces or a gallon. Most wine bottles fall in between these two extremes (skip straight to the wine bottle size charts).

Wine bottle sizes from small to big
Wine bottle sizes from small to big

There are many wine bottle sizes and it can be hard to keep track of how much wine is in each one.

In this blog post, we will give you a breakdown of the different wine bottle sizes and how much wine is in each one. Stay tuned for more information about wine bottles!

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Summary

What Are The Different Wine Bottle Sizes Names? 

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Did you know that the wine bottle sizes’ names are from the Biblical Kings? Why are wine bottle sizes named after the biblical kings?

The Wine Bottle Sizes Jeroboam, Rehoboam, and Methuselah were the most popular bottle sizes in the 18th century. They are named after biblical kings because of the King’s Bible.

In the early 1800s, there was a revival of interest in the ancient world. People were interested in the Bible and ancient history. The Wine Bottle Sizes Jeroboam, Rehoboam, and Methuselah were popular because they were named after biblical kings.

The Wine Bottle Sizes Balthazar, Nebuchadnezzar, and Melchior are named after the three wise men in the Bible. The Wine Bottle Sizes Solomon and Sovereign are named after King Solomon.

The Wine Bottle Size Goliath is named after the giant in the Bible. The Wine Bottle Size Midas is named after the king in Greek mythology who turned everything he touched into gold.

To help you remember, here are a few more common wine bottle sizes and the number of ounces each one holds:

Common Wine Bottle Size overview

Bottle Typeml/LBottle
Split187.5 ml0.25 bottle
Demie 375 ml 0.5 bottle
Standard 750 ml1 bottle
Magnum1.5 L2 bottles 
Jeroboam3 L4 bottles
Rehoboam4.5 L6 bottles 
Imperial6 L8 bottles 
Salmanazar9 L12 bottles
Balthazar12 L16 bottles 
Nebuchadnezzar15 L20 bottles 
Melchior18L24 bottles 
Solomon20L26 bottles 
Sovereign26L35 bottles 
Goliath27L36 bottles 
Midas30L40 bottles 

Note: Bordeaux wine also uses the same name but some spelling might be different due to the translation from French to English.

Most popular Type of Wine Bottle Size explained

How much wine by type of bottle (volume and glasses)

375 ml Demi or Half: Holds one-half of the standard 750 ml size, good for 3 glasses of wine

750 ml Standard: Common bottle size for most distributed wine, good for 6 glasses of wine

1.5 L Magnum: Contains two standard 750 ml bottles, good for 12 glasses of wine

3.0 L Double Magnum: Content of two Magnums or four standard 750 ml bottles, good for 24 glasses of wine

4.5 L Jeroboam: Equivalent to six standard 750 ml bottles.
Note: In sparkling wines, a Jeroboam is 3 liters

4.5 L Rehoboam: A sparkling wine bottle (like champagne, cava,…) with six standard 750 ml bottles or 36 glasses

6.0 L Imperial: (aka Methuselah) Equivalent to eight standard 750 ml bottles or two Double Magnums.

9.0 L Salmanazar: Equivalent to twelve standard 750 ml bottles or a full case of wine!

12.0 L Balthazar: Equivalent to sixteen standard 750 ml bottles or two Imperials.

15.0 L Nebuchadnezzar: Equivalent to twenty standard 750 ml bottles.

18.0 L Solomon: (aka Melchoir) Equivalent to twenty-four standard 750 ml bottles.

Wine bottles organzied from small to large size
Wine bottles organzied from small to large size

How To Choose The Right Wine Bottle Size? 

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When purchasing a bottle of wine, you might want to think about the following:

How Many People You Are Buying It For?

For example, if you purchase a bottle of wine for a dinner party with eight people, you might want to buy two bottles.

Purpose Of Your Purchase

The purpose will also help you decide how much wine to buy.

  • If you want to age your wine, you will want to purchase a larger bottle. Wine ages better in larger format bottles because there is less oxygen exposure. The oxygen reacts with the wine and alters the taste.
  • When purchasing wine for a special occasion, you might want to consider buying a magnum size bottle. This is because magnum-size bottles are impressive and make a statement. Plus, you will have enough wine to refill your glasses.
  • For gifting purposes, you might want to consider a smaller size bottle. This is because the recipient can easily finish the wine and not have to worry about storing it for a long period of time.

Price

The price of wine also varies depending on the size of the bottle. 

A magnum size bottle of wine will cost more than a standard 750 ml bottle. But, you are getting twice the amount of wine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Largest Wine Bottle?

The largest wine on the market is the Midas. It holds 30 liters or 101 ounces of wine. It would mean 40 standard wine bottles.

What Is The Most Popular Wine Bottle Size?

The most popular wine bottle size is the standard 750 ml or a regular-sized wine bottle.

Standard wine bottle Details

  • Height: 11.8” – 30 cm
  • Width: 2.95” – 7.5 cm (Diameter)
  • Depth: 2.95” – 7.5 cm (Diameter)
  • Volume: 25.4 oz – 750 mL
  • Materials: Glass

What Is The Size Of the Wine Bottle For Bordeaux?

Bordeaux wine bottles come in various sizes. The most common size is 750 ml or a regular-sized wine bottle.

How Big Is A 750mL Bottle Of Wine?

A 750ml bottle of wine is the same size as a regular-sized wine bottle. Each bottle is equal to 25.36 ounces.

Dimensions of a standard wine bottle:

  • Height: 11.8” – 30 cm
  • Width: 2.95” – 7.5 cm (Diameter)
  • Depth: 2.95” – 7.5 cm (Diameter)
  • Volume: 25.4 oz – 750 mL
  • Materials: Glass

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What Size Is A 75cl Bottle?

75cl bottle is the same size as a regular-sized wine bottle. Each bottle is equal to 25.36 ounces or 750 mL.

Why Is Wine Sold In 75cl Bottles?

Wine is typically sold in 75cl bottles because that is the standard size for a bottle of wine. This is best for wine racks, storage, and shipping. Plus, it’s easy to find wine glasses that can hold a standard-size bottle of wine.

How Many Glasses Of Wine Are In A 750ml Bottle?

A 750 ml bottle of wine has about six glasses of wine.

How Many Bottles Of Wine Are In A Box?

There are typically 12 bottles of wine in a box. This is the standard size for most boxed wines.

Conclusion

Choosing the right wine, all comes down to personal preference. Wine is available in many different sizes, so it’s important to find the right size for you. Whether you are looking to age your wine or just want a regular-sized bottle, there is a wine size for everyone. Just remember to drink responsibly.

We hope you found this blog post about wine bottle sizes helpful. Now that you know the different wine bottle sizes and how much wine is in each one, you can choose the right size for your needs.

Cheers!

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