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.
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. (see champagne size[link])
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.
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