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Why is a wine bottle 750 ml? by Local Wine Co
August 5, 2010, 12:54 pm
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Why is a wine bottle 750ml?

The quick answer is that the US formalized the size of wine bottles with plurality in major European nations to 750 ml, or 25.4 ounces, in 1972 for the 1973 vintage. This struck a balance between American fluid ounce measurements and metric to standardize glass production globally. Further, 750ml is nearly identical to one fifth of a gallon, a very typical American measurement.

Going back further to the 16th and 17th century when glass bottles for wine were gaining popularity as a consistent and reliable container for beverages, glass blowers made all bottles by hand. A typical glass blower’s lung capacity represented approximately 750ml using one breath to create a bottle. Hence the average size of wine bottles stems from the average lung capacity of European glass blowers 400-500 years ago.

Next trivia question will be about punts. Not football punts, wine bottle punts.


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