Wine bottle history. (click to skip history)
Wine producing areas in Europe developed unique bottle shapes that became the traditional bottle design for that wine making region.
Over time, new wineries often adopted these traditional European bottle shapes.
Burgundy style bottles, having sloped shoulders, are generally used for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines. Grown in the Burgundy region of France, these two grape varieties were used in most of the red and white wine production.
Bordeaux style bottles, having high shoulders, are generally used for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Malbec. Grown in the Bordeaux region of France, these grape varieties were used in most of the red and white wine production.
Hock style bottles, tall withsloped shoulders, are generally used for Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Muller-Thurgau wines. Today, Hock style bottles are also used for desert or refreshment wines.
Hock Blue 375ml bottles are a favorite of brides to use for wedding wine favors.
Vintner's Circle bottle selection, shown below, has been categorized
by size and color.