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Wine Bottle Sizes

April 16, 2012 Blog » Wine Tips & Tricks » Wine Bottle Sizes

Meaning of Wine Bottle Sizes

It is a clever device of psychology to fashion the identities of large format bottles after biblical kings. Wine is supposed to be a living thing, so it seems appropriate that they be named after holy idols. Either way, drinking 6 liters of wine makes me feel enlightened. So be it. Below is a list of wine bottle sizes and names as they relate to still wine.

Standard wine bottle sizes for still wine

Wine Bottle Size Chart

Wine Bottle Sizes Chart

187.5 ml Piccolo or Split: Typically used for a single serving of Champagne.

375 ml Demi or Half: Holds one-half of the standard 750 ml size.

750 ml Standard: Common bottle size for most distributed wine.

1.5 L Magnum: Equivalent to two standard 750 ml bottles.

3.0 L Double Magnum: Equivalent to two Magnums or four standard 750 ml bottles.

4.5 L Jeroboam (still wine): Equivalent to six standard 750 ml bottles.

6.0 L Imperial: 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.

the standard original box wine is 3 liters, aka a double magnum

The original box wine is 3 liters aka a double magnum

Facts about wine bottle sizes
  • Box wine is commonly 3 liters or a double magnum size
  • Rehoboam in terms of Champagne Bottles is only 4.5 litres or 6 bottles.
  • Methuselah is the same size as an Imperial (6 litres) but the name is usually used for sparkling wines in a Burgundy-shaped bottle
Save it for later!What if I can’t drink all that wine?

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By Morgan Harris
Morgan Harris is a New York City based sommelier. He believes wine is a great way to connect people to each other and to the planet. @morganwharris