How Many Glasses of Wine In A Bottle?

how many glasses of wine in a bottle?

Wine bottles are made in different shapes and sizes. The latter is likely to have crossed your mind if you particularly like drinking an entire bottle.

Since gulping on a whole wine bottle leaves little room for you to care about the bottle shape, you're more inclined to wonder- "how much wine did I consume?".

The next thing is to check the volume and ABV of the wine. If the alcohol content isn't that high, then you probably drank more glasses from that bottle.

So, how many glasses of wine should you get from a bottle? The answer to this question depends on two major factors: how much wine is served per glass (glass size), and how much of the wine is originally in the bottle (size of the bottle).

Wine is also served on different occasions. All of these events have their wine serving standards. A certain amount of wine is considered enough for a particular event. Still, the same amount would be half of another occasion's wine requirement.

How Many Glasses of Wine In A Bottle?

To get a better view of how much wine you can get out of that bottle at a restaurant dinner, we're going to discuss the three variables above. But before that, let's look at a standard wine bottle.

The standard wine bottle

A standard wine bottle holds 750 milliliters (ml) of wine, which is approximately 25oz. Most wine bottles around are the standard size, and all the wine can be served. If the wine is old and is either red or port, it probably has sediments at the bottom. These sediments are usually harmless but should be decanted away. When pouring from such a bottle, ensure you account for the lost milliliters of wine.

What are the different wine glass sizes?

Wine glasses have evolved in size, from a meager 66ml in the 1700s, to a whooping 449ml currently. That's approximately a sevenfold increase in size over just three centuries. Notably, wine drinking is reported to have doubled from 1980-2004. I do not want to blame any other thing for this rapid evolution, except on our love for wine.

In most occasions where wine will be served, you'll come across any of the following wine glasses:

White wine glasses

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc glasses range from 5-7 oz. These glasses are designed with a tapered top and a narrow bowl to allow the flavors and scents to percolate as you enjoy the wine.

Red wine glasses

Red wine glasses come in various sizes and designs. For example, a Pinot Noir glass has a 35oz bowl, while a Merlot glass comes at 30oz.

Shiraz and Port glasses are considerably small, coming at 20oz and 9oz, respectively.

Rose wine

Just like red and white wines, rose wine is served in sizes between 125ml-175ml.

Dessert and ice wine glasses

These glasses are designed for swirling to activate the wine. They are thus exceptionally large. You can have one serving of about 10oz from most dessert and ice wine glasses.

Champagne and sparkling wine glasses

Champagne glasses are also referred to as flutes. They are designed to bring out the fizz in the best way. For this reason, flutes are limited to between 6-8 oz.

It is quite common to find the above types of glasses missing on some events. Whereas each glass is designed to bring out the best of the wine it serves, a standard wine glass is much more common. You should therefore expect about 5oz from standard a wine glass if restaurant standards are to go by.

How many wine glasses in a bottle can you serve per event type?

I'm sure the glass sizes have hinted that not all wine is served in same amounts. It depends on the occasion. Red and white wines are served mostly at dinner, and in the most gigantic glasses (the 449ml size). You do not fill the glass past halfway, meaning you drink less than half the glass capacity. That resonates with the standard 175ml serving in a restaurant.

So, how much of the other wine types do you serve per person on other occasions? Read on for a comprehensive answer to that.

Wine tasting

In wine tasting, you only want to give you guests a taste of your vast wine collection. On average, a 60 ml glass is served here. Notice that this is half the amount served at parties or dinner.

You can drink up to 6 wine tasting glasses without getting drunk, though this is a subjective matter. You would have consumed about 180ml of wine, which is not far from two standard restaurant wine glasses.

If your wine bottle is standard 750ml, you should get about 12 wine tasting servings.

Dinner/ eating out

Meals at a restaurant or dinner at home may be accompanied by some wine. For such cases, the wine is served in large 175ml glasses. You therefore, get a maximum of 4 servings from the standard 750ml bottle.

If you tend to lean more toward food and wine pairing, you can enjoy a wine flight, for which a serving is typically 75ml.

The law requires that restaurants and bars offer a 125ml option. However, most sales are for the 175ml serves, and there is a rising demand for the 250ml serve. These two are known as medium and large serves, respectively. You can only get three rounds of the large serves from a standard 750ml bottle.

Wine/cheese tasting

You have probably tried or heard of pairing wine with cheese. This is an adventurous route with limited options for both cheese and wines.

Wine/cheese pairing call for the 60ml/75ml of wine per serving. You would get between 10-12 glasses of wine from a standard bottle.

Dinner party

 A dinner party calls for three glasses of wine per person. Beyond three, expect your buddies to either inebriate or fall asleep.

You're expected to serve about 125ml per glass at a dinner party. This translates to about 6 servings per wine bottle. Two standard bottles are all you need to keep you and you two guests partying till late.

Private drinking

When drinking at home, it is common to pour oneself up to 175ml, in which case you should comfortably get 4 glasses from your standard bottle.

Glasses of wine to serve per bottle size

We've seen the numerous options available regarding the wine serving sizes. Wine bottles exist in various sizes also and have similarly evolved over time.

There are at least 17 different sizes of wine bottles. Some of the bottles are known by intriguing names. Interestingly, some of them happen to be the names of some prominent Christian Bible characters.

This is probably because the commercialization of wine began in biblical times.

The typical bottle sizes are:

1.Split / Piccolo

This is the smallest wine bottle with a capacity of just 187.5 ml. You generally expect one glass from this bottle.

2.Half // Demi

The Demi holds 375ml of wine. This is approximately 2.5 servings of the standard wine glass.

3.Half-liter / Jennie

As the name suggests, the Jennies hold half a liter (500ml) of wine, just enough for three glasses.


This is the most common bottle size, and on which we've based this discussion. The 750ml is just enough for 5 medium serves (5 standard glasses).


A liter is simply 1,000ml. You can comfortably serve 7 medium glasses from this bottle.


The Magnum bottle holds 1.5 liters. This is equivalent to 2 standard bottles, or 10 standard glasses of wine.


A Jeroboam is a technically a Double Magnum. It holds 3,000ml, equivalent to 4 standard bottles, or 20 servings in standard wine glasses.


A Rehoboam holds 4.5 liters of wine. This is to say 6 standard wine bottles or 30 standard glass servings.


6 liters of wine is the much you can fit in this bottle. A full Methuselah should make up 40 glasses of wine. The total amount is equivalent to 12 standard wine bottles.


This bottle can contain up to 9 liters of wine. From the bottle, you'll serve 60 standard wine glasses.


The Balthazar is a 12-liter bottle, from which you can serve 80 glasses of wine.


This bottle holds 15 liters of wine, just enough for a hundred glasses of wine. It is like a collection of 20 standard wine bottles.


The Melchior holds 24 standard wine bottles, enough to serve 120 glasses of wine. The total volume of the bottle is 18 liters.


The great �King Solomon' holds 20 liters of wine. You can serve up to 130 glasses of wine from this vessel.


The Sovereign bottle is equivalent to 35 standard bottles, or about 175 glasses of wine.

16.Primat / Goliath

This bottle is a real goliath per se with a 27-liter capacity. You get to serve 180 glasses from the Primat.

17.Melchizedek / Midas

This is the MOAB (mother-of-all-bottles)! The bottle holds 30 liters of wine, enough for 200 serves of the standard wine glass. This is like to have 40 standard wine bottles at your disposal.

How do you serve the right sizes?

It is often challenging to nail the right serving size. But do you know you can pour the right amounts efficiently?

Just mark the level on the glass by pouring 125ml water into the glass. Empty the water and use this glass to transfer the exact 125ml proportions of the wine to the fresh glasses.

As you get acquainted with wine pouring, you'll notice that each glass is designed with the widest diameter at the height to which you should fill the glass. This is an excellent skill for occasions where you do not have the option of pre-measuring.


As we've seen, there is no fixed number of glasses from a bottle per se. Different occasions, wine glass sizes, and bottle sizes determine how many servings you can pour at a time. If you're drinking at home with apparently no one watching, don't be tempted to over pour, or at least, drink moderately.





















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  • September 29, 2020
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