If you’re a home brewer, you’ll find green wine bottles lend your product a sophisticated, professional air.
Why green wine bottles?
Some wine producers have adopted a certain shape or colour of bottle for their wine as an identifying characteristic – think Mateus Rose’s Franken flask (which unfortunately led to a major law suit). However originally wine was housed in tinted glass, particularly green glass bottles, to avoid the tannins and other chemical contents within being degraded by sunlight. The same applies to beer and other alcoholic drinks along with various medicines and oils. On the other hand a conflicting argument suggests that, as wine is an ancient beverage, it was originally housed in green bottles because at that stage glass makers hadn’t worked out how to produce clear glass yet!
Either way, these days storage tends to be less of an issue, so you’ll often find wine in clear or other colours of glass, but for many wine producers tradition still holds sway. Typically darker green bottles are used for champagnes and red wines and lighter green bottles for whites. Sweet, dessert wines are often found in clear or amber glass bottles. New world producers tend to opt for clear glass for their white wines. Wines meant to be drunk while still young, such as whites, are considered safer in lighter bottles as they will have less time to be affected by exposure to light, while reds were made to be stored, often for years, and so needed the protection of dark glass more.
Green wine bottles from Wares of Knutsford
Wares of Knutsford sells clear and green glass bottles in the traditional shape and 750ml size for wine. These can be bought in packs of six, 12, 24 or 36 depending on how enthusiastic you are about your home brewing and, thanks to economies of scale, the unit price gets cheaper the more you buy. Corks are available to purchase separately.
The classic Bordeaux bottle with straight sides and high, curved shoulders is the most commonly used shape for wine but it’s not exclusive. You may want to consider a more decorative bottle from our wide range if giving as a gift or you may even prefer to serve wine from an attractive decanter at the dinner table.
Remember that Wares of Knutsford charges a flat delivery fee no matter how much you order so you can buy larger packs without worrying about escalating delivery charges.