How Many Common Wine Bottle Types Do You Know?

The earliest wine bottles appeared in the 18th century and were made of glass with a shape and color similar to modern wine bottles. Prior to this time, glass was considered too fragile a material to be used for storing and transporting wine. Common containers used for wine storage and transportation included terracotta amphorae, goatskin, pigskin, and cowhide.

With the development of transportation, coupled with the improvement of industrial manufacturing, it was gradually recognized that ready-to-drink glass bottles were very convenient to use, and that wines in glass bottles were more durable. Over the years, glass wine bottles have become the best material for wine storage. It prevents microbial infiltration and keeps the wine in optimal condition for a long time. Let’s take a look at five classic wine bottles.

Bordeaux Bottle

The Bordeaux bottle is the most common bottle type. Cylindrical body with high and wide “shoulders”, the sides are streamlined, straight body, angular appearance like wearing a straight suit. In fact, they are collectively known as “high shoulder bottle”, because Bordeaux wines mostly use this bottle type, so people also call it “Bordeaux bottle”. The main features of this type of bottle are the columnar body and the high shoulder, which allows the wine to be placed more smoothly horizontally, which is conducive to the aging of the wine, while the high shoulder prevents the sediment in the wine from flowing out of the mouth of the bottle when it is poured. Bordeaux bottles are generally used for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc wines, as well as for fuller-bodied wines that are suitable for aging.

Burgundy Bottle

The Burgundy bottle, with its narrow shoulders and rounded shape, is a thick, sturdy bottle with soft, smooth, elegant lines. Burgundy bottles are also called “sloping shoulder bottles”, this kind of wine bottle has smooth lines on the shoulder, and the shoulder is slightly wider than that of Bordeaux bottles, with a rounded body and a heavy and sturdy body. It is mainly used for red Pinot Noir and white Chardonnay wines, and most fruity, lighter red wines, such as Gamay, are also commonly bottled in this shape.

Difference between Burgundy and Bordeaux Bottles

Rhone Valley Bottle

Rhone Valley bottles originate from the Rhone Valley appellation, and are similar in shape to Burgundy bottles, except that Rhone Valley bottles have a slightly longer neck and are slightly taller and thinner overall. In addition, in Chateauneuf-du-Pape and Cotes du Rhone, many chateaux also print the signature emblem of the appellation or chateau at the bottom of the neck of the bottle to show their unique identity. Rhone bottles are mostly made from Grenache(Grenache:Grenache  or Garnacha  is one of the most widely planted red wine grape varieties in the world.

 It ripens late, so it needs hot, dry conditions such as those found in Spain, where the grape is believed to have originated. It is also grown in the Italian island of Sardinia, the south of FranceAustralia, and California‘s Monterey AVAPaso RoblesSanta Barbara County and San Joaquin Valley), Syrah(Syrah:also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine. In 1999, Syrah was found to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern FranceDureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Syrah should not be confused with Petite Sirah, a cross of Syrah with Peloursin dating from 1880. Not to be confused with Petite Sirah or Shiraz, Iran.) and Mourvedre(Mourvedre:Mourvèdre (also known as Mataro or Monastrell) is a red wine grape variety grown in many regions around the world including the Rhône and Provence regions of France, the Valencia and Jumilla and Yecla denominaciones de origen (DOs) of Spain, as well as the Balearic IslandsCalifornia and Washington and the Australian regions of South Australia and New South Wales, plus South Africa) varieties.

Hock Bottle


The Hock is one of the most recognized bottles in Germany. There are two types of Hock bottles, the Alsatian or Moselle with a green body and the Rhine with a brown body. The Moselle and Alsace bottles are slender, lightweight bottles with a lighter, darker green color that are narrower and taller than the other styles.

These bottles can hold a wide variety of wine styles, from dry to semi-dry to sweet. Because they were widely used in the Alsace region of France, the Moselle and the Rhineland of Germany, Hock bottles are also categorized as Alsace or Moselle bottles and Rhineland bottles. One is the Alsatian/Moselle bottle with a green body, and the other is the Rhenish bottle with a brown body.

Champagne Bottle

The champagne bottle is also a very common type of bottle, designed for champagne and sparkling wines. Similar in shape to the Burgundy bottle, it has an elegantly curved shoulder and is fat and heavy, hence the name “Humpty Dumpty”. The bottle is taller, with thicker, more solid walls, a deeper swan bottom, and a mushroom-head stopper with a wire wrapped around the cork to withstand the pressure generated inside the bottle.

Contacting a Customized Wine Bottle Manufacturer

We have summarized these five common wine bottles. How to get a good quality well-made wine bottle? The way to get a quality wine bottle is to contact a reliable custom wine bottle manufacturer. Choosing a high quality supplier will provide you with good quality products and good service in addition, they will customize the quality products according to your needs and request for the production of your desired bottles.

Yuebo - Reliable Glass Wine Bottle Manufacturer

Established in 1986 , Yuebo has grown into a true manufacturing and packaging company. It is one of the leading manufacturers of customized wine bottles in China and sells its products to countries all over the world. With some 37 years of experience in specialized wine bottle manufacturing, the company is one of the leading companies in China. The Yuebo brand is known for its cutting-edge craftsmanship, advanced manufacturing techniques and exceptional service.

They also keep a well-stocked inventory of pre-designed wine bottles made from the finest quality materials. Yuebo also offers free samples for bulk orders so that customers can check the quality and other characteristics of the bottles. Customized bottles can also be ordered in bulk at reasonable prices.

In a nutshell, the five most common types of wine bottles are Bordeaux wine bottles, Burgundy wine bottles, Hock bottle, Rhone Valley bottles and Champagne bottles. Each bottle shape is designed to hold a specific type of wine. For more information about wine bottles and their uses, Contact Yuebo.

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    1. Edward Yi

      thank you~

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