BIG Bottle FAQ



So, what exactly is a BIG BOTTLE anyway?  

Generally, the term "big bottle" is simply the informal way of referring to anything larger than a standard 750 ml wine bottle.

See the chart below to better understand bottle sizes relative to their corresponding, (traditional) biblical names. Why does the industry use biblical names for big bottles? No one really seems to know. Its simply one of those long held traditions in the wine life.  Go figure.  

  • 187.5 ml Split:  We also call them "Favors" or "Mini Favors" here at etchedwine.com.
  • 375 ml Demi or Half: Half the size of a standard 750 ml bottle.
  • 750 ml Standard: The common wine bottle.
  • 1.5 L Magnum: Equal to 2 standard 750 ml bottles.
  • 3.0 L Double Magnum: Equal to 4 standard 750 ml bottles.
  • 4.5 L Jeroboam, for still wine; Rehoboam, for champagne. Equal to 6 standard 750 ml bottles.
  • 6.0 L Imperial, for still wine; Methuselah, for champagne. Equal to 8 standard 750 ml bottles.
  • 9.0 L Salmanazar: Equal to 12 standard 750 ml bottles.
  • 12.0 L Balthazar: Equal to 16 standard 750 ml bottles.
  • 15.0 L Nebuchadnezzar: Equal to 20 standard 750 ml bottles.

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