How many ml are in a bottle of wine?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the search query: “How many ml are in a bottle of wine?” Also, we’ll explore what other sizes there are for wine bottles, how wine is made, what makes wine valuable, and how to properly store a bottle of wine. 

How many ml are in a bottle of wine?

Most commonly, wine bottles are distributed and sold in fifths. This means that the volume of the wine is 750 mL.

Other sizes are available from certain vintages and brands. Naturally larger volumes will have a higher price, and smaller volumes may also have a smaller price than that of 750 mL bottles. 

Wine bottles may be differently crafted between brands, but they all adhere to the basic principles. 

This means that the label should be positioned high on the bottle, and the bottom of the bottle should be curved inwards. This is so that the dregs in the wine buildup at the bottom of the bottle, and don’t easily dissolve when the wine is served, but rather, they remain “trapped” at the edges around the bottom.

Below, we’ll explain what other sizes of bottles of wine can be purchased, 

What other sizes of wine bottles are there? 

Wine can be purchased in bottles dubbed as: 

  • Splits – a quarter of a normal wine bottle, this equates to 187.5 milliliters,
  • Demies – half the volume of a normal wine bottle – it amounts to 375 ml of wine
  • Jennies – half a liter of wine (500 mL)
  • Standard – the most commonly found wine bottle size is three-quarters of a liter (750 mL)
  • Magnum – two normal-sized bottles, this amounts to one and a half liters of wine
  • DBL magnum – The wine in this bottle amounts to three liters, the same as four standard bottles of wine
  • Jeroboam – this wine bottle contains six normal-sized bottles of wine and amounts to 4.5 liters of wine
  • An Imperial bottle– contains six liters of wine, and amounts to eight normal-sized bottles of wine
  • Salmanazar – this 9-liter bottle contains 12 normal-sized bottles of wine
  • A Balthazar contains 12 liters and equates to 16 bottles of wine
  • A Nebuchadnezzar contains 15 liters of wine and 20 normal-sized wine bottles. 

The larger bottles received their names from biblical kings, though the exact reason as to why is still debated, though many theorize that this was a means to honor and pay homage to heroic kings of Israel, a culture in which wine played an essential part, as a beverage and a status symbol. 

How is wine made? 

Wine is made from fermented grape juice. The variety of grapes will determine the vintage and many other qualities of the wine. 

Grapes are harvested and crushed. Depending on whether it’s a white or red wine, the grape peels can be left in place. Once the grapes have been crushed, the resulting juice will be fermented by adding yeast and letting it convert the sugars in the grape juice to alcohol.

Dry wines are made when most of the sugars have been transformed into alcohol, though again, the extent of the fermentation process will depend on the variety and type of wine being made. 

Some variations made include additional steps such as pressing fermented grapes, though this is done in the case of some specialty wines. 

Aging can vary between wineries, as some may opt to age their wines in casks made of different materials such as oak, walnut, etc. Also, the aging period also plays a part in determining the flavor of a wine, as the more wine is aged, the better its taste. 

What makes wine valuable? 

Wine is valuable due to its age (the older the better), the richness in its flavor, the hue (coloring), and the aromatic components. 

Every winery has its own practices that provide wines with their own signature taste, and many environmental factors, even well before the grapes have been harvested, contribute to the flavor of a wine. 

Notably, grape harvests that have been grown in drought conditions provide more palatable wines, as the plants concentrate more sugars in their berries, due to abiotic stress. 

Therefore, a wine that is aged, and has been harvested from regions that experienced droughts, will be more expensive than younger wines harvested from less hostile environments. 

How can I properly store a bottle of wine?

Properly storing a bottle of wine can be achieved by laying it tilted, or horizontally on a wine rack, a shelf, or in a pantry. 

Most wine bottles are sealed with cork plugs, as this not only prevents the entry of microbes into the bottle but if the cork is soaked with wine, it also permits a gas exchange that allows the wine to continue aging. 

In the presence of acetobacters and a lack of gas exchange, some wines may turn to vinegar, as the bacteria of this type can begin to transform some of the remaining sugars into acetic acid, spoiling the wine. 

For a more elaborate guide on how to store, sample, and enjoy wine, we encourage our readers to visit the many resources available online. 


In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the search query: “How many ml are in a bottle of wine?” Also, we’ve explored what other sizes there are for wine bottles, how wine is made, what makes wine valuable, and how to properly store a bottle of wine.