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Sizes of Wine Bottles


Man holding magnum of wine in Piedmont, Italy
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Glass wine bottles come in over twelve sizes, though we are most familiar with the standard 750 ml or .75 L wine bottle. This standard size wine bottle was originally referred to as a "fifth" for 1/5 of a gallon until the late 1970s when the ATF adopted metric measurements for all wine bottles in the U.S. Why the bigger, novelty bottles of wine have been named after biblical figures and many predominant kings of Israel is largely unknown.

Split Bottle: 187 ml (fourth of a standard bottle size)

Half Bottle: 375 ml (half the standard bottle size)

Standard Bottle: 750 ml

Magnum: 1.5 liters (two standard bottles)

Double Magnum: 4 liters

Jeroboam: 3.0 to 4.5 liters (sparkling wine bottles at the Jeroboam level will hold 3 liters, while still wines will hold 4.5 liters)

Rehoboam: 6 liters

Imperial: 8 liters

Methuselah 8 liters

Salmanazar: 9 liters

Balthazar: 12 liters

Nebuchadnezzar: 15 liters (or about 20 bottles of wine)

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