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Wine Bottle Sizing

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.

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.

18.0 L Melchior : Equivalent to three of Imperial, or twenty four standard 750 ml bottles.

the standard original box wine is 3 liters, aka a double magnum

The original box wine is 3 liters aka a double magnum

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