What are the various types of wine bottles called?

Types of Wine Bottles

If you really want to impress your friends, here’s the breakdown on those huge bottles most restaurants keep more for display and presentation and what they are named after. Wine bottles come in various shapes and sizes, and each has its own name based on its capacity and style. Here are some of the most common types of wine bottles and their names:

  1. Split:
    • Capacity: 187.5 milliliters (1/4 standard bottle)
    • Description: The smallest standard wine bottle size, often used for single servings or samplings.
  2. Half Bottle (Demi):
    • Capacity: 375 milliliters (1/2 standard bottle)
    • Description: Half the size of a standard wine bottle, typically used for smaller servings or when a full bottle is not needed.
  3. Standard Bottle:
    • Capacity: 750 milliliters
    • Description: The most common size for wine bottles, holding about 25.4 ounces or roughly four to six glasses of wine.
  4. Magnum:
    • Capacity: 1.5 liters (equivalent to two standard bottles)
    • Description: A large bottle that holds twice the amount of a standard bottle. Magnums are often used for celebrations and aging premium wines.
  5. Jeroboam (In Bordeaux):
    • Capacity: 3 liters (equivalent to four standard bottles)
    • Description: In Bordeaux, a Jeroboam is equivalent to four standard bottles. However, note that in other regions, the term "Jeroboam" may refer to different bottle sizes.
  6. Jeroboam (In Champagne and Burgundy):
    • Capacity: 3 liters (equivalent to four standard bottles)
    • Description: In Champagne and Burgundy, a Jeroboam is equivalent to four standard bottles.
  7. Rehoboam:
    • Capacity: 4.5 liters (equivalent to six standard bottles)
    • Description: Larger than a Jeroboam, a Rehoboam holds six standard bottles' worth of wine.
  8. Methuselah:
    • Capacity: 6 liters (equivalent to eight standard bottles)
    • Description: A Methuselah holds the equivalent of eight standard bottles of wine.
  9. Salmanazar:
    • Capacity: 9 liters (equivalent to twelve standard bottles)
    • Description: A Salmanazar holds the equivalent of twelve standard bottles of wine.
  10. Balthazar:
    • Capacity: 12 liters (equivalent to sixteen standard bottles)
    • Description: A Balthazar holds the equivalent of sixteen standard bottles of wine.
  11. Nebuchadnezzar:
    • Capacity: 15 liters (equivalent to twenty standard bottles)
    • Description: A Nebuchadnezzar holds the equivalent of twenty standard bottles of wine.