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The most common size for wine bottles is 750 ml. Saverglass offers a very wide range of models in that size.
Why are common bottles 750 ml?
The capacity of wine bottles was standardized in 19th century to address a practical problem. At that time, the main consumers of French wines were the English who didn’t use the same measurement units. They shipped wine in barrels and used “imperial gallons” as a unit of measure, which corresponds to 4.54609 liters.
To facilitate the conversion during a purchase, the English created a container that would give them a nice round number: a barrel contained 300 750 ml bottles and a gallon 6 bottles.
This is why to this day, cases of wine are usually still sold by 6 or 12 bottles.
The large sizes bottles and their names
Large size bottles are strongly recommended for wine ageing. The larger the container, the more favorable the ratio between the total volume and the surface of wine exposed to air oxidation. Wine just keeps better in a large bottle.
The other characteristic of large sizes, especially the 1.5 L’s and 3 L’s, is that they have become necessary to establish a product range and become visible in large retail stores as well as in nightclubs or restaurants. They have become a real eye-catcher and a promotional object for your brand. It is also true that these large sizes also look spectacular on a dinner table or given as gifts!
To meet this trend, Saverglass offers sizes going up to 6 L:
Widely known for still and for sparkling wines, this size was named after the latin “Magnum” which means “large”.
This size was named after the 2 kings from Israël : Jeroboam I (931 – 909 BC.) and Jeroboam II (743 – 746 BC.). This size can also be referred to as "Double Magnum".
The 6 L size is named after Methuselah, son of Enoch, who is said to have lived for 969 years and died in the flood. This is why, in the common language, the name Methuselah is synonym with longevity. This size is also sometimes called "Impérial" in the Bordeaux region.
Small size bottles are indispensable, especially for the on-premise universe. They make it possible for consumers to enjoy wine with moderation or for special occasions.
To meet the new consumption modes, Saverglass offers small sizes in many lines of bottles, with capacities ranging from 187 ml to 500 ml:
The “Piccolo” (200 ml). The name means “small” in Italian ("un quart" for sparkling wine). Second smallest size in our lines, it is ideal for a single consumer. It is available in the Bellisssima Wine line.
Once used as a measurement unit for liquids, this size is well suited for a 2-people meal. It quite rare, so it is quite sought after by customers. It is available in our Bellisssima Wine and Kendo Wine lines.
This size, also called “La Fillette” (the little girl) in France, serves 2 large glasses of wine or champagne.
This size is also nicknamed “Pot” in the Bordeaux region and “Chopine” in the Burgundy region.
For spirits two sizes are standards: 700 ml and 750 ml.
The choice between these 2 sizes will depend on the retail location of the product.
700 ml is the reference size in Europe while 750 ml is the reference size in the United States.
In Canada and Mexico for example, both sizes can be sold at retail.
Each country has their own regulations on this subject.
In Russia and in most Eastern European countries, the 500 ml is the “standard” size of the market.
The miniatures (30 & 50 ml)
The 30 ml and 50 ml are the typical sizes used on airplanes or in hotel rooms around the world;
This pocket size has been used by classic whisky brands for years, the 200 ml is becoming increasingly popular by consumers in airports (to meet the size limit for carry-on luggage) or in distillery tasting rooms. Often presented in a 3-bottle set, this attractive size makes it possible for a consumer to discover a new product or give it as a gift.
The 100 ml (10 cl) is a more unusual size, but it is also used with the goal of promoting a product range. It is offered in particular in our Ariane and Ariane 2 lines.
These are the half sizes of the standard bottles, 350 ml for Europe and 375 ml for the US market.
These bottle sizes make it possible to sample the product or to purchase a more affordable size before going to the standard of 700 ml or 750 ml.
The 500 ml, for its part, has grown as one of the leading sizes of the “craft” movement of the last few years. It allows the brands or the distilleries to bottle a smaller quantity of product, and to introduce new products to customers before they decide to purchase the larger 700 ml and 750 ml sizes.
This capacity is legal everywhere except in the USA.
Just like for wines, large sizes in spirits meet specific expectations:
Mostly used in Duty-Free, the 1 L size is also widely used on premise and in large retail stores.
The classic magnum size is widely used, particularly in large retail stores.
The 1.75 L is a classic in the US, where it is also widely used in large retail stores.
This very large size is very popular. Used for special editions and large events, it is mainly consumed in night-clubs, high-end bars, on the beach or pool-side.
This size is typically used in the same circumstances as the 3 L: to create an event around the brand (See: limited editions) enjoyed mostly in high-end bars, restaurants and night-clubs. The 4.5 L is offered in particular in our Ariane and Oslo lines.