How many glasses of wine in a bottle?

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Have you ever wondered how many glasses in a bottle of wine there are? If you’re the average person, probably not, you simply pour the wine into your glass until you decide you have the right amount, and then enjoy.

There’s normally no need to think about the number of glasses of wine you get from a single bottle unless you work at a restaurant, or if you’re trying to keep track of how much wine you’re drinking.

In this Wine 101 post, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about how many glasses are in a bottle of wine.

This blog post answers the following questions. Note you can click on these links to be taken directly to these questions in this blog post:

How many glasses of wine in a bottle? How many glasses in a bottle of wine?

How many glasses in a bottle of wine depends on how much you pour per glass. A standard/medium glass of wine is 175ml, which means you’ll get just over 4 175ml glasses in total from a standard bottle of wine (or 4.3 to be exact!).

If your servings are large with 250ml per glass, you’ll get three glasses per bottle. A small glass of wine is 125ml, which means you’ll get exactly 6 125ml glasses of wine per bottle.

How many glasses in a bottle of red or white wine? How many glasses in a bottle of rosé wine?

Red wines, white wines and rosé wines are often served alongside food, and they are served in larger wine glasses – some capable of holding up to 500ml of wine. Of course, you never fill your wine glass completely, so the average serving size of a glass of wine at a restaurant is 175ml (often called medium).

  • How many AVERAGE/LARGE glasses of wine in a 750ml bottle of red wine, white or rosé? There are about 4 average glasses in total (175ml each), and only three if the servings are 250ml each.
  • How many SMALL glasses of wine in a 750ml bottle of red wine, or rosé? You’ll usually get as many as 6 or 7, depending on the serving size. The standard small size of 125ml gives exactly six glasses per bottle.

How many glasses in a bottle of Champagne and sparkling wine?

Sparkling wines can often be a smaller average serving, with 125ml being the most common. This is how much Champagne is served as a toast at special celebrations for example. These wines are traditionally served in flute glasses (which hold 125ml), although it can be better to use standard wine glasses to maximise the aromas. This means there are six 125ml glasses in a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine.

How many glasses in a bottle of sweet wine, Port or Sherry?

Sweet wines, Port and Sherry are usually served in smaller glasses with around 75ml of liquid, but standard wine glasses are just as good. Better to be too big than too small!

How many ml in a bottle of wine? How many cl in a bottle of wine?

How many mls in a bottle of wine? In a standard bottle of wine, there are 750 millilitres (ml), 75 centilitres (cl) or 0.75 litres (l).

Some older red wines and Ports may have sediment. This is harmless, but it’s usually best to leave it in the bottom of the bottle when pouring or decanting. This will, therefore, reduce the total amount of wine being served from the bottle.

How much wine should you serve per person?

This is when things start to get a bit tricky. Calculating the right amount of wine per person depends on the occasion, and you have to figure out how many bottles of wine to buy. Headache central, right? Here’s what you need to know:

How much wine to serve at home?

When drinking at home, we often tend to just fill our glasses and look at how much wine is left in the bottle to figure out how much we’ve had. So it really depends!

How much wine to serve at wine tastings?

Wine tastings are all about giving your guests a wide selection of wines to taste. The average 60 ml glass of wine served at a wine tasting is half the size of the wine drunk at parties or mealtimes.

You can usually get away with up to 6 glasses of wine per person without worrying about inebriation or overdrinking. This is equivalent to approximately two glasses of wine in a restaurant or bar (175ml).

How much wine to serve while eating out?

If you’re drinking wine at a restaurant, you can get 3 to 4 glasses per bottle, or you can order by the glass. Bars and restaurants will usually offer 125ml, 175ml and 250ml size servings. By law restaurants and bars must offer a 125ml option, but most sales are for 175ml and 250ml (medium or large) serves. It’s worth remembering that a 250ml serving is a whole third of a bottle. Some restaurants may offer a ‘wine flight’ or wines to match each dish. Flight glasses are usually 75ml per glass and can be a great way of learning more about food and wine matching.

How much wine to serve at wine/cheese tastings?

Wine and cheese tastings are a great way to expand your palate and experience the wonder that is the pairing of wine and cheese. But how much wine should you serve at a wine and cheese tasting? You can stick with the smaller servings of wine (60-75ml per glass).

How much wine to serve at dinner parties?

How many glasses of wine do you need for a dinner party? The rule of thumb at a dinner party is three 175 ml glasses of wine per person. This helps people to relax without pushing them over the edge into inebriation or falling asleep! This means you’ll need two bottles of wine per three people or 500 ml per person, give or take.

You could always buy a magnum which is a 1.5 litre bottle of wine or a jeroboam which is a massive 3 litres if you are having a lot of guests round.

How much wine to serve at a wedding? 

We usually recommend serving ½ to ¾ of a bottle of wine per person. It may sound like a lot, but weddings tend to last for a long time and people also tend to enjoy free wine. You can read more about how much wine to serve at a wedding here.

Getting the serving sizes right is the key to safe, healthy wine drinking. Avoid overdoing it at wine tastings, dinner parties, and celebrations, and you’ll enjoy your wine a whole lot more!

How long to keep serving wine from the same bottle?

What happens if you run out of guests before you empty a bottle of wine? No worries! Here are some general guidelines for how long wine lasts after opened:

  • Red wine: 3 to 5 days at room temp
  • Lighter whites or rosés: up to 7 days in the fridge
  • Full-bodied whites: up to 5 days in the fridge
  • Sparkling wine: 1 to 3 days

Find out more about how long wines last once opened here.

Nifty tip for nailing the serving size

Want to get your serving sizes just right? Pour exactly the right amount of water into a wine glass, and use a marker to mark the level. All you’ll need to do is fill that wine glass to the right level, and transfer the wine into the fresh glasses. It’s the best way to get a perfectly even serving size.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this post all about how many glasses in a bottle of wine 🥂

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