Size Matters With Wine Bottles

When it’s time to celebrate, it’s time to forget the simple standard bottle and time to reach for something bigger and more impressive, but what are they called?

We have all seen the end of a Formula 1 race, the guys on the podium shower the crowd and each other in champagne from huge bottles, or walked into a bottle shop and seen larger than life display bottles that couldn’t be real, surely!

Wine Bottle Sizes

Here is your guide to wine bottle sizes from the smallest to the largest.

VolumeNameStandard BottlesName Meaning
375mlDemi½ bottle“half” in French
750mlStandard1 bottle
1,500mlMagnum2 bottles
3,000mlJeraboam4 bottlesBiblical founder of Isreal, also ‘double magnum’
4,500mlRehoboam6 bottleBiblical, son of Solomon, King of Judah
6,000mlMethuselah8 bottlesBiblical oldest man lived to age 969, also called ‘imperial’
9,000mlSalmanazar12 bottlesBiblical king of Assyria
12,000mlBalthazar16 bottlesBiblical one of the 3 wise men
15,000mlNebuchadnezzar20 bottleBiblical king of Babylon
18,000mlSolomon24 bottlesBiblical, King of Israel, son of David

Wine Bottle Sizes

Some wine regions around the world also have slight different variations to wine bottles sizes and names. In Australian Wine regions it is rare to see anything above a magnum available at the cellar door so you’ll usually have to buy French Champagne.

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