«Because buying a barrel is not very practical, winemakers offer you a variety of containers. I will explain everything!
The standard packaging is a 750ml glass bottle, sold individually or per case of 6 or 12 bottles. It was the Romans who invented the techniques of glass and began the first use of glass bottles, a neutral material for storing liquid.
For restaurants, winegrowers often offer half bottles, 375ml capacity, in which the wine ages and deteriorates faster. Conversely, the magnum (1.5 litres) is deemed to promote optimal aging.
These bottles are sealed with a traditional cork, a waterproof material that is flexible and porous to air. For wines that do not require air exchange, new products for closures were developed: synthetic closures and screw caps which make opening the bottle easier.
Other containers have been invented to satisfy customer-friendly "practical wine" like BIBs or bag in box. This format has grown steadily for several years. Available in 3, 5 or 10 liters, they can provide wine by the glass and a longer life after opening (upto three months).
Incredible ... but true! Some table wines used in cooking are marketed in Tetra Pack, usually reserved for milk!
The hermetically-sealed glass of wine was invented to meet the changing demand of "snacking" (lunch on the go)!
The names of bottles according to their capacity:
- 1 / 2 bottle (or 37.5 cl): la fillette
- 2 bottles (or 1.5 l): magnum
- 3 bottles (2.25 l), marie-jeanne
- 4 bottles (3 L): double magnum
- 6 bottles (4.5 l): jeroboam
- 8 bottles (6 L): Imperial
12 bottles (9 l): salmanazar
16 bottles (12 l): balthazar
20 bottles (15 l): Nebuchadnezzar