Wine bottles shapes and colors

Wine bottles: shapes and colors

The types of wine bottles that we can find in the market are very different depending on the criteria or characteristics we serve.

Thus, the bottles could be classified according to the capacity or size, shape, content, glass, color. Therefore, today we focus on the types of wine bottles based on shape and color, and on later entries, we will discuss other classifications.

Types of wine bottles according to their shape

The different forms that we can observe in wine bottles have an associated name to refer to them that comes from the place where it was first used. Therefore, the reference that we must take so that we do not forget the name is this: its origin. Based on this we can distinguish (in general) the following types of wine bottles:

  • Bordeaux: this type of wine bottle is the one that we can see most commonly. Measurements: height 27.9 cm. and diameter 7.66 cm. Origin of the name: Bordeaux
  • Burgundy: the oldest known bottle type. Measurements: Height 28.7 cm. and diameter 80.5 cm. Origin of the name: Burgundy, French region.
  • Rhin: This type is often used for white wines. Measurements: Height 35 cm. and diameter 7.6 cm. Origin of the name: It comes from the Rhine River (Germany).
  • Cava or Champagne: it has thick walls to be able to withstand the pressure caused by the bubbles. Measurements: height 30 cm., Diameter 8.84 cm. Origin of the name: Champagne-Ardenne (French city).
  • Jerezana: bottle used for Jerez wine and Portuguese liquors. Measurements: Height 28.6 cm. and diameter 7.5cm. Origin of the name: Jerez de la Frontera (Cádiz)
  • Franconia: it is the bottle with the most different shape compared to the rest since it is flattened and not cylindrical. Measurements: height 22 cm., Width 15 cm. Origin of the name: German wine region.

Does the shape of the bottle influence the wine?

The answer is no. The shape of the bottle itself is something totally aesthetic and corporate for each winery. Other aspects of the bottle may influence such as the color of the glass or the thickness of the glass in the bottle but the shape itself is a corporate thing. These aspects help to better preserve the wine and properly maintain the wine for the optimum moment of its consumption.

Color of wine bottles

The color used in the bottles has a protective function against the action of light, in order to better preserve the wine inside. The colors that we can find in the bottles can be black, blue, green (the most used), or transparent. Darker colors are usually used in wines that are going to spend a long time in the bottle (aging wines), while transparent bottles are usually used in rosé or white wines to appreciate their color.

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