Types of Wine Bottles

Types of Wine Bottles

Types of Wine Bottles

They're all the same right?

Wine bottles, if you've seen one, you've seen them all, right? Maybe, but more than likely you haven't. The typical image that comes to mind when one imagines a wine bottle (other than empty) is a bottle made of glass that holds the standard amount of wine, which is about 750 ml. However, there are many variations on this simple design. Often, the style of the bottle dictates the type of wine found in the bottle itself, some are designed differently merely for style's sake, while other shapes actually are pertinent to the wine's flavor. Here we've listed the different types of wine bottles that are regularly available.


The Bordeaux is the most common wine bottle. Used mostly for merlots, cabernet sauvignons, malbecs, meritage, sauvignon blancs, Semillons, and of course that wine with which it shares its namesake, the Bordeaux itself. The shape is sometimes referred to as a Claret style, is typified by a short neck, tall shoulders, and a distinctive depression at the bottom of the bottle (known as the punt.) The steep shoulders are in place in order to trap the sediment when the wine is decanted. Red wines usually have a dark green glass and white wines will be a lighter shade of green, or even yellow.


Burgundies typically hold a pinot noir, chardonnay, or Chablis wine. It is characterized by shoulders that slope into the body of the bottle and is typically made with dark or light green glass. Also note that the punt of the Burgundy bottle is smaller than a Bordeaux bottle.


Rhine bottles are also known as a Hock shape, which derives its name from the village of Hockheim in Germany. These bottles are willowy and long, with little to no shoulder. Typically they hold a Riesling, gewurztraminer, or Mullerthurgau wine. A Rhine bottle is usually brown or dark green, with little or no punt.


The champagne holds everyone's favorite bubbly, or sparkling wine according to the region it was bottled in. Similar in nature to the Burgundy, but made with heavier glass, a wider body and a large punt, these traits are in place in order to handle the carbonation in the bottle which can exceed up to 90psi.


Sherry, port, and Madeira are often found in fortified bottles. They are often constructed of a thick, sturdy glass and are made with a neck that includes a bulb designed to capture residue and sentiment.