Wondering How Many Ounces of Wine are in a Bottle?

Many people want to know how many ounces of wine actually come in a bottle. The answer to that question is not as straightforward as you might think. Believe it or not, wine comes in …

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Many people want to know how many ounces of wine actually come in a bottle. The answer to that question is not as straightforward as you might think. Believe it or not, wine comes in many different sizes. To answer the question of how many ounces of wine in a bottle, we need to first determine which size bottle you are actually talking about.

What Are the Different Sizes for Wine Bottles?

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Did you know that wine comes in so many different sizes?

There are many different shapes and sizes of wine bottles out there. From the smallest Piccolo to the largest Melchior, you’ll find several different options. The standard bottle is the most common, but you may find these other bottles if you look hard enough.

How Many Ounces Of Wine In A Bottle?

We’ll compare how many ounces are in each size bottle of wine and how many standard 150ml or 5 ounce glasses of wine that would be.

How many ounces of wine in a Piccolo bottle?

A Piccolo bottle typically contains 187 ml (6.3 oz) of wine, which is slightly more than a typical glass of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Demi bottle?

There are approximately 375 ml or 12.7 ounces of wine in a Demi bottle, which is equivalent to 2.5 glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Standard bottle?

A standard bottle of wine contains 750 milliliters, which is equal to 25 ounces. This is equivalent to five glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Magnum bottle?

A Magnum bottle is equivalent to two standard size bottles of wine, or about 1.5 liters, or 50 ounces. This is equal to about 10 glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Marie Jeanne bottle?

There are 84 ounces of wine in a 2.5l Marie Jeanne bottle. That is equivalent to 16.5 glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Double Magnum bottle?

A Double Magnum bottle of wine contains 3 liters, or 101 US fluid ounces of wine. That is equivalent to about 20 glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Jeroboam bottle?

There are 169 ounces of wine in a 5L Jeroboam bottle. That is roughly 33 glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in an Imperial bottle?

There are approximately 202 ounces of wine in a 6L Imperial bottle. This is equivalent to 40 glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Salmanazar bottle?

There are 304 ounces of wine in a 9L Salmanazar bottle. This is equivalent to 60 glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Balthazar bottle?

A 12L Balthazar bottle contains approximately 405 ounces of wine. That would be equivalent to approximately 80 glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Nebuchadnezzar bottle?

A 15L Nebuchadnezzar bottle holds 507 ounces of wine, which translates to 100 glasses of wine.

How many ounces of wine in a Melchior bottle?

There are approximately 608 ounces of wine in an 18L Melchior bottle. That is equivalent to 120 glasses of wine.

Where Can You Find Odd Sized Bottles of Wine?

The standard 750ml bottle of wine can be found almost anywhere and it’s the most common bottle size. You’ll find a standard bottle on the shelf at your local wine shop or grocery store. The next most common sizes would probably be the Magnum or the Double Magnum. You may not have too much trouble finding a Magnum bottle at a wine specialty store. The Double Magnum, while more rare can probably still be found at some specialty stores or orderer at some higher end night clubs.

Smaller bottles of wine, such as a Demi or Piccolo can often be found as samplers or from wine clubs. Many mail order wine clubs will provide these smaller serving sizes as a taste test. They can even be found in wine advent calendars for the holidays.

The very large bottles of wine, such as the Nebuchadnezzar, are much more rare to find than a standard sized bottled of wine. Sometimes these large bottles can be served at special events or even clubs as more of a status symbol. Suffice to say that you won’t find these items at your local wine shop or grocery store.

The sizes that we didn’t mention above, are even more rare to find as they are made in smaller quantities and are not as popular to buy.

Different Shapes of the Standard Bottle Hold the Same Amount

wine bottle shapes
The standard 750ml wine bottle can come in many different shapes.

While standard wine bottles come in different shapes, they are all typically hold 750ml wine. Different style of wine are sometimes bottle in different shaped bottles as more of a style preferences. Some times these bottles are claimed to have special properties that accentuate the style of wine that goes into the bottle. I’ll leave it up to you to determine whether or not that is true.

Common shapes for the standard wine bottle include:

  • Alsace – very tall and slender, with a slightly beveled shoulder
  • Bordeaux – tall and straight with a vertical indentation and a higher shoulder
  • Burgundy – shorter and rounder than Bordeaux and often with a more pronounced “shoulders”
  • Rhone – tall and slender, but with a more bulging middle section
  • Champagne – similar to Burgundy but with a wider midsection
  • Port – similar to a Bordeaux bottle but with a step in the neck.
  • Provence – slender body with a sloping shoulder that is slightly concave near the neck of the bottle

The Champagne bottles also differ in the thickness of glass as they need to be stronger than a standard bottle to hold the extra pressure of the CO2 gas in a sparkling wine.

How Many Ounces Do People Really Drink in a Glass Wine?

overfull glass of wine
Raise your hand if this is your pour

The standard pour size for a glass of wine is supposed to be around 5 ounces, or 250ml. However, as you may have guess, we often over serve ourselves when we pour a glass of wine. I estimate that most people are likely to pour 8-12 ounce glasses. Which means you may only get 3-4 glasses of wine out of a standard bottled compared to the expected 5 glasses.

If you’re really interested, the next time you pour yourself a glass, pour the standard amount that you would drink, and then dump it into a fluid measuring cup or use a scale that can estimate fluid ounces. You will probably be surprised at the results. Oh well, I say drink up on occasion.

Conclusion

Now you know that the answer to how many glasses of wine are in a bottle can be a little more complicated than you may initially think. While the standard bottle has 750ml or 25 ounces, bottles sizes can range from 6 to 600 ounces! The next time you’re planning for a part think about trying to find an 18l Melchior to serve your guests 120 glass. Just be sure to have several people ready to pour the bottle and a line of Uber’s waiting to take your friends home.

John has been a hobbyist winemaker for several years, with a few friends who are winery owners. He writes mostly about winemaking topics for newer home vintners.
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