Your Complete Guide to Wine Bottle Sizes and Their Names
Have you ever been confused by the names given to different sized wine bottles and wonder how much wine they contain? And, what do Biblical kings have to do with wine bottles?
Wine has been a living part of man's history since at least 7000 BC. So, it is not surprising that the names of wine bottles are related to one of the oldest books in our history. Below is a list of wine bottle sizes and their names.
- Half Quarter: 93.5ml (1/8 Bottle) - Better known as a Topette, is used most often as sample bottles
- Picolo: 187ml (1/4 bottle) - 1 glass of wine
- Demi or Split: 375ml (1/2 bottle) - 2 glasses of wine - 7.5" tall
- Standard: 750ml (1 bottle) - 4 to 6 glasses of wine - 12″ to 13″ tall
- Magnum: 1.5 Liters (2 bottles) - 14″ tall
- Double Magnum: 3 Liters (4 bottles) - 19.5″ tall
- Jereboam (Sparkling Wines): 3 Liters (4 bottles)
- Rehoboam: 4.5 Liters (6 bottles) - 19.5″ tall
- Imperial: 6 Liters (8 bottles)
- Methuselah (Sparkling Wines): 6 Liters (8 bottles) - 22″ tall
- Salmanzar: 9 Liters (12 bottles) - 25″ tall
- Balthazar: 12 Liters (16 bottles) - 28″ tall
- Nebuchanezzar: 15 Liters (20 bottles) - 31″ tall
- Melchoir: 18 Liters (24 bottles) - 36″tall
- Solomon (Champagne): 20 Liters (26 bottles)
- Sovereign: 25 Liters (33.3 bottles)
- Primat or Goliath: 27 Liters (36 bottles)
- Melchizedek: 30 Liters (40 bottles)
By now you are wondering why all of this matters. It matters greatly when planning your wine storage needs! Keep this handy guide close by when you sit down and decide what type and size of wine storage you need.