Curiously, the historic convention for naming wine bottle sizes is after biblical kings!

As with many parts of the aesthetics of wine, nomenclature for wine bottles reconnects us to the structures of wine culture. Wine has long been a living part of our history and everyday lives, So it’s a clever connection to our past that bottle sizes are named after heroes from our oldest written documents.

Bottle Sizes Chart

187.5 ml Piccolo or Split: Typically used for a single serving of Champagne.

750 ml Standard: Common bottle size for most distributed wine.

1.5 L Magnum: Equivalent to two standard 750 ml bottles.

3.0 L Double Magnum: Equivalent to two Magnums or four standard 750 ml bottles.

4.5 L Jeroboam: Equivalent to six standard 750 ml bottles. (In sparkling wines a Jeroboam is 3 liters)

4.5 L Rehoboam: A sparkling wine bottle with six standard 750 ml bottles.

6.0 L Imperial: (aka Methuselah) Equivalent to eight standard 750 ml bottles or two Double Magnums.

9.0 L Salmanazar: Equivalent to twelve standard 750 ml bottles or a full case of wine!

12.0 L Balthazar: Equivalent to sixteen standard 750 ml bottles or two Imperials.

15.0 L Nebuchadnezzar: Equivalent to twenty standard 750 ml bottles.

18.0 L Solomon: (aka Melchoir) Equivalent to twenty four standard 750 ml bottles.

 

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