The bottles have various shapes, each with its own history, but also the color has its meaning, because the wines must be preserved from the light. Wines to be consumed in a short time can be stored in transparent glass bottles, while those suitable for aging must be protected by dark glass.
1 - Bordolese:
Bordeaux, originally from the Bordeaux area, is the most popular bottle on the market. It is usually dark for red wines while generally transparent or light green for white wines.
2 - Bordeaux shoulder high:
deriving from the previous one, this form gives greater elegance and is therefore used for particular and refined red wines.
3 - Champagnotta:
indicated for classic method sparkling wines or Champagne, the glass of this bottle compared to the previous ones, has a greater thickness as it must resist the pressure exerted by the wine.
4 - Champagne Cuvee:
derived from the previous one, it has a wider base and a longer neck.
5 - Rhenish or Alsatian:
ideal for storing white wines, this bottle has a more elongated and tapered shape.
6 - Marsalese:
as the name suggests, this is the bottle used for the conservation of Marsala. The glass is dark brown or black.
7 - Albeisa:
it is generally used for the conservation of Piedmont red wines. The bottle is dark to allow a better refinement of the product.
8 - Burgundy or Burgundy:
this green bottle is often used for the storage of great Burgundy wines.
9 - Bocksbeutel or Pulcianella:
it has a bellied shape and a green color. Used for storing Franconian red wines.
10 - Port:
generally used for Iberian liqueur wines such as Port or Sherry, it often comes in different shades of green or brown.
11 - Amphora:
it is generally used in France for the bottling of wines from Provence. Some Italian companies use it for the conservation of Verdicchio
12 - Flask:
classic container of Chianti wine, which made it popular in the world. The flask is a container for the transport and storage of wine. Made of thin, white or green glass, it is almost spherical in shape with an elongated neck and is typically footless.
13 - Turin:
standard capacity of 750 ml, the last born officially presented in 2008, is irregular and asymmetrical in shape. Ancient green in color for white wines and brown for reds. Wanted to reward the best wines of Turin and its province also the weight 650 gr used for fine wines.
The bottles classified by capacity
Generally we know the most used bottle formats, the classic 0.75 liter, 1.5 liter magnum and the double 3 liter magnum, perhaps sparkling wine for special occasions. However, not everyone knows that there are as many as 17 different bottle sizes according to capacity. We start from the "Piccolo" with 0.1875 liters up to the "Melchizédec" with 30 liters of capacity. Starting from the 3 liter Jeroboam, the formats refer exclusively to biblical names. This is because wine merchants, especially Champagne merchants, from the 19th century realized that bottles of different sizes than the standard ones were requested and purchased mainly at particular times of the year, coinciding with important holidays or special occasions. They then decided to use equally special and prestigious names to recognize these bottles. In this way, they intended to encourage the association between a particular bottle and a certain party, capturing the attention and curiosity of all wine lovers.
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- Small: 0.1875 liters
- Chopin: 0.25 liters
- Demi: 0.375 liters
- Standard: 0.75 liters
- Magnum: 1.75 liters
- Jeroboam: 3 liters
- Rehoboam: 4.5 liters
- Mathusalem: 6 liters
- Mordecai / Salmanazar: 9 liters
- Balthazar: 12 liters
- Nebuchodonosor: 15 liters
- Melchior: 18 liters
- Solomon: 20 liters
- Sovereign: 25 liters
- Goliath: 27 liters
- Melchizedec: 30 liters