Have you ever wondered why wine bottles come in different shapes? It’s not just for show, there is actually some history and tradition that comes with it.
According to vinepair.com, there are shapes that most winemakers use: the Bordeaux Bottle, the Burgundy Bottle and the Alsace/Mosel Bottle.
The Burgundy Bottle:
Invented in the nineteenth century, the bottle’s curved sides were an easier option for glassmakers to create. It first became popular with Chardonnay, Pinot and then red and white Burgundies.
The Bordeaux Bottle:
The Bordeaux houses the two most popular red wines in the world, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As opposed to having the slim sides as the Burgundy Bottle, The Bordeaux has broad shoulders.
The Alsatian/Mosel Bottle:
Originally created for storing Riesling, these bottles are much more delicate and fragile than the other two. Perhaps because the main transportation route for these wines was the Rhine river. Slimmer bottles were needed to fit and given that transportation was occurring on a river, as opposed to the high seas, the bottles could be more delicate.
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