Have you ever gone to order wine and been completely baffled by the different wine bottle sizes available?
There are so many wine bottle sizes that it can be overwhelming trying to make a decision. Understanding how much wine each bottle holds and their uses can help you make smarter decisions and take bar inventory faster and more accurately. We can help with both.
We took a look at the most common and uncommon sizes of wine bottles. And we broke it all down for you by ounces and ml.
Some of these bottles you'll use on a daily basis and some may never encounter. We'll explain how much wine each bottle holds and a few other helpful tips. Please note that all usage of ounces in this article refers to fluid ounces.
How Many Glasses Are in a Bottle of Wine?
There are five 5 oz glasses of wine in a standard 750 ml bottle. This figure assumes you adhere to the standard wine pour of 5 ounces. Utilizing this pour can lessen waste and help you maintain your bar profit margin.
What Are the Different Wine Bottle Sizes?
The most common wine bottles you'll come across in the bar business are the 750 ml standard wine bottle and 1.5 liter Magnum bottles. Most people will never even interact with any size of wine bottle but the standard. Only the finest vintages of wine are sold in larger sizes.
There are a number of unique wine bottle sizes out there. You may encounter some if you're experimental in your wine journey or purchasing wine for high-class affairs. From small, single-serving bottles to a bottle twice as large as a full case of wine. We'll break down both the usual and unusual sizes below.
Common Wine Bottle Sizes Chart
Here's a chart with the most common sizes of wine bottles, along with how many ounces and ml they contain. Many of these are common liquor bottle sizes as well, so expect to see them often.
Uncommon Wine Bottle Sizes
Split Wine Bottle
This small bottle of wine called a split is also called a piccolo and holds 187.5 ml of wine. That's one-quarter of the standard bottle and is usually used for single servings of Champagne.
Rehoboam Wine Bottle Size
Now entering the Biblically-named sizes, the Rehoboam wine bottle holds 4 liters of wine. Only the finest of vintages are likely to be seen in this size or larger. These bottles avoid oxidation better and result in more flavorful aged wine.
Salmanazar Wine Bottle Size
The Salmanazar holds 9 liters of wine or the equivalent of 12 bottles of wine. That's a whole case of wine!
Balthazar Wine Bottle Size
The equivalent of two Imperial bottles, a Balthazar bottle holds 12 liters of wine.
Nebuchadnezzar Wine Bottle Size
The Nebuchadnezzar bottle of wine holds a hefty 15 liters. That's the same as 20 standard bottles. It is named after a Babylonian king.
Solomon Wine Bottle Size
Also known as the Melchior, the Solomon bottle contains an astonishing 18 liters. That's equivalent to 24 standard bottles of wine or two full cases of wine. If you get your hands on a bottle this large, be careful. Adhere to the correct wine storage temperature and use the proper wine cellar lighting. Don't waste a bottle of wine worth thousands of dollars.
How Many Ounces in a Wine Bottle?
A standard 750 ml wine bottle holds 25.36 ounces of wine. Though wine is measured and sold in liters, you can calculate the number of ounces.
You can calculate the ounces using this formula:
Millileters / 29.574 = Fluid Ounces
750 ml / 29.574 = 25.36 fluid oz
How Many Drinks in a Bottle of Wine?
A 750 ml bottle of wine contains five 5 oz drinks. This is the standard pour size for wine. Your mileage will vary if your pour is not accurate or if your business chooses to provide a different serving size.
Mastering free pours can maximize the value in a single bottle of wine and standardize service. If you still have trouble pouring or you’re training a new bartender, pick up some wine pour spouts to make it easier. Keeping track of pours and lowering loss is an important part of finding inventory variance.
How Many Ml in a Bottle of Wine?
The standard bottle of wine is 750 ml. There are other sizes available as well, ranging from 187.5 ml to 18,000 ml. Luckily, wine bottles are usually labeled, so you can always check the bottle if concerned. The average bar will most likely only use standard bottles.
How Many Liters in a Bottle of Wine?
There are .75 liters of wine in a bottle. Though the bottles are labeled in milliliters, the conversion is simple enough. 1,000 milliliters equals 1 liter. Since a standard bottle of wine is 750 ml, or 75% of a liter, there would be .75 liters in a wine bottle.
How Many Servings in a Bottle of Wine?
A bottle of wine contains five 5 oz servings. Though wine servings are not labeled on a bottle of wine, most winemakers assume you'll adhere to the standard pour size when serving. On average, home pours are larger than 5 oz. If you continue having issues with overpouring, using glasses with pour lines in a good solution.
How Much Does a Bottle of Wine Weigh?
The average bottle of wine weighs about 2.65 pounds. This is based on a full, standard-sized bottle. Glass thickness and dimensions can impact this number, but most wines you order will be relatively close. Empty bottles and bottles larger or smaller than 750 ml will also have varying weights.
Wine Bottle Dimensions
The standard wine bottle measures about 3" in diameter and is around 12" tall. Expect a half-inch variance in both diameter and height when ordering wine bottles. Bottles can vary in size based on materials used in production and the specific winemaker.
Uncommon wine bottle sizes can be as small as 11" tall or as large as 33". If in doubt, ask your wholesaler for a measurement. You don't want to run into issues with bottle storage.
How Many Cups in a Bottle of Wine?
There are just over 3 cups in a bottle of wine. Since wine is measured using the metric system, you have to convert the numbers to imperial for cups.
You can calculate the cups using this formula:
Millileters / 237 = Cups
750 ml / 237 = 3.165 cups
All Bottled Up
The wine bottle is a beautiful creation. With a long slender neck and graceful shape, any size bottle can be a masterpiece on your shelf. They're more than just art pieces, though. Wine bottles are the key to happy customers and a well-run business.
You may want to serve guests champagne in Piccolo bottles for New Year's Eve. You may break out a Rehoboam of 100-year-old wine for a celebrity. Understanding the servings in each and when to use them will keep a good bar manager on top of their game. Don't let any wine go to waste.