The world of wine is vibrant, constantly changing and ever so interesting. Everyday wine enthusiasts can learn and share their new experiences with good food and friends. So the following ‘Wine Quiz’ is a little bit of fun and learning for all - and for those a little more competitive a personal test of your wine knowledge.
So you think you know the different wine bottle sizes?
Or - You think you know the different names of the specific wine bottles?
Take this short wine quiz and find out. A new wine quiz each week.

This Weeks Wine Quiz: How well do you know Wine Bottles?


For the longest time, wine bottles across Europe were typically made in variable sizes between 700 - 800ml’s in volume. Why was this…?

It was the biggest bottle size they could make before it would break.

It was the ‘lungful’ - the typical volume of air in a glassblower’s lungs.

It was the most popular bottle size for taking on a family picnic or holiday.

It was the permitted bottle size allowed to be sold, decreed by local authorities.
In order to aid easier wine trade between north America and Europe. The European Union adopted the same standard 750ml wine bottle size as the USA. In which year did the USA set the now ‘standard’ size for the glass wine bottle?




Wine producers in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy and France follow the tradition of their local wine regions in choosing the bottle shape most appropriate for the wine. Which of the following is the correct description of traditional bottle colours used for wines made in Bordeaux?

Amber for reds, colourless for dry whites, green for sweet whites.

Brown for reds, a dark green for dry whites and yellow for sweet whites.

Dark green for reds, colourless for dry whites, light green for sweet whites.

Dark green for reds, light green for dry whites and colourless for sweet whites.
The particular glass bottles used for Champagne wines are especially heavy and strong, to contain the high-pressure contents. What is the approximate pressure inside a bottle of Champagne?

(30-32 psi) - same air pressure as in an average car tire.

(60-65 psi) - 2 times the air pressure in an average car tire.

(90-95 psi) - 3 times the air pressure in an average car tire.

(150-155 psi) - 5 times the air pressure in an average car tire.
Chianti was made famous with the traditional bottle distinguished by the raffia basket woven around the base. Not just for rustic charm, as these particular Chianti bottles are actually round, and require the basket to allow it to stand upright. There are called what?

The ‘Fancy’ wine bottle.

The ‘Fiasco’ wine bottle.

The ‘Firenze’ wine bottle.

The ‘Fresco’ wine bottle.
Many traditional wine bottle sizes are named after Biblical Kings and historical figures. The ‘Standard’ wine bottle is 750ml in volume. What is the name given to the 30 Litre bottle - (40 x standard bottles) used by Drappier to make their largest bottle of Champagne?




The ‘Speyer’ wine bottle found in 1867, in the Rhineland region of Germany near the town of Speyer. Is regarded as “the world's oldest existing ‘unopened’ glass bottle of wine” - and has been dated when…?

Dated between 325 - 350 AD

Dated between 625 - 650 AD

Dated between 925 - 950 AD

Dated between 1125 - 1150 AD
Up until around 1945 - wines from Burgundy and Champagne often came in 800ml bottles, with various sizes used for other wine regions and countries. Beaujolais was known for its ‘pot’ bottle - and still used to this day for Tokaji, Sauternes and Jerez is the ‘Jennie’ bottle. What was and still is the volume of this bottle?




The Bordeaux bottle shape has become the most used amongst winemakers the world over. A key feature which sets the Bordeaux bottle apart from the Burgundy bottle is the its distinctive shoulders. Many believe these shoulders were created in order to do what…?

To fit more easily in wine cartons, as you are able to sit them closer together.

To make it easier to put square wine labels on the wine bottle when doing it by hand.

To catch the sediment which can accumulate in old Bordeaux wines while being decanted.

To have somewhere to rest your hand, while using a corkscrew when removing the cork.
Wines from the Rhine region in Germany use a bottle similar in shape to the Alsace bottle in France. But the main distinguishing feature is the glass, which was traditionally coloured..?




Which of the following Champagne Houses recently released their NV Brut Reserve in a ‘bespoke’ shaped bottle, with the design influenced by the shape of the Roman caves in which it ages?

Charles Heidsieck


Piper Heidsieck

Which UK Branch of a French Champagne House is bringing back ‘pint-sized’ bottles, which were banned when Britain joined the EEC in 1973. These ‘pint’ sized bottles were a favourite of ‘Sir Winston Churchill’ who stated that a pint was - "enough for two at lunch and one at dinner”.

Charles Heidsieck


Pol Roger

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