Wine Packaging Tips

Although the packaging material is very important to the wine, the quality of a wine depends on the quality of the wine itself.

Usually, wine is packaged in glass bottles, and its standard capacity is 750ml. It is said that this capacity comes from the fact that at that time, wine bottles were blown manually by glassblowers, and most of these workers’ lung capacity was 750ml, so this figure was determined. Another theory is that in the past when Britain bought Bordeaux wine, it was customary to use gallons as the unit. 50 gallons is the capacity of a small oak barrel, that is, 225L, which can fill exactly 300 750ml bottles.

There are also so-called half-bottles, which are 375ml bottles, and even quarter-bottles, which are 187ml. Accordingly, there is also a double bottle, or 1.5 liters, which is called magnum.

Larger bottles, such as 9-liter and 12-liter bottles, have more complicated English names, most of which are derived from religious, mythological, and historical figures. 12-liter bottles are named after the biblical king of Assyria.

Back to the bottle. While glass bottles may seem upscale, they have a major disadvantage in that they are heavy, and as wine is a globally traded product, it is inevitable that it will be transported long distances, which increases carbon emissions.

Easy-open cans are recyclable and lightweight, so they are very environmentally friendly packaging, but it takes a long time to get consumers to accept them. In addition to cans, wine is also available in plastic bottles, bags-in-boxes, and even Tetra Paks as containers, but so far, the wines packaged this way are basically cheaper.

Wine bottle seal is now very common is the whole piece of wood made of wood cork, it is made of oak tree bark. There is also some wine cork that looks like a lot of small broken wood particles pasted together, it is much lower cost.

Of course, there are also many wine stoppers made of synthetic materials, both from the appearance and feel, which are a bit like plastic. I won’t talk about the advantages and disadvantages with you here, because each material has its own advantages and disadvantages.

For example, the whole piece of wood made of wood plugs has very good elasticity, very natural, but the cost is high, the cost of particles pasted up wood plugs is low, just does not look so high-grade. Synthetic plugs are very easy to open with a wine knife, but synthetic materials always give a sense of industry, as if it does not quite fit the tone of the wine.

Many entry-level wines prefer to use the latter two as wine stoppers, while pure wood stoppers are mostly used for better quality wines because of their higher cost.

There is one disadvantage to using corks, and that is the moldy smell, which can be transmitted to the wine, making the wine smell like wet cardboard, which is a major flaw in wine, called cork mold.

One advantage of using corks is that the wine is able to undergo very slow oxidation and if a bottle is suitable for aging, it will develop very complex aromas over a long period of time.

Many wines are now starting to be sealed with screw caps, which have many benefits in that they are very well insulated from the air and are therefore very good for preserving the wine and maintaining fresh fruit aromas, so if a wine itself reflects a fresh and fruity style, then a screw cap is a very good choice. It is not made of wood, so it does not smell like a moldy cork and is very reliable.

Because of its ability to maintain the fruitiness, the screw cap is used on many entry-level fruity style wines, which makes people always think that screw-wrapped wines are only for cheap wines, which is a big misconception, but in fact, there are many very good wines in the world that are also sealed with screw caps.

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