wine bottle sizes

Wine Bottle Sizes

Wine Trivia fans are likely to know the various wine bottle sizes, quiz participants are advised to look out for the few catch questions!

The standard bottle of 750 ml dates back to the 19th century. Rather than being metric, it has imperial roots, being defined as a sixth of an imperial gallon! US drinkers did at one time get an extra millilitre.

  • Quarter bottle or Split – 187.5 ml . When airborne, the odd 0.5 l seems to be lost!
  • Half bottle – 375 mL
  • Standard bootle – 750 mL
  • Magnum – 1.5 L or two standard bottles
  • Double Magnum – 3 L or four standard bottles. The common size for wine boxes
  • Jeroboam – 4.5 L  or six standard bottles of still wine. Confusingly it can also be a Double Magnum of Champagne! (four standard bottles)
  • Imperial – 6 L or eight standard bottles. Methuselah is the same size for Champagne
  • Salmanazar – 9.0 L or twelve standard bottles. A case of wine in one go!
  • Balthazar – 12 L or sixteen standard bottles
  • Nebuchadnezzar – 15 L or twenty standard bottles. The classic quiz question, but some experts question it’s existence!

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