Wine Bottle Sizes and How They Affect Your Racking Needs

Bottle Capacity Chart

Wine bottles come in a myriad of sizes and shapes which can affect your wine cellar and storage needs.

Larger format wine bottles are increasing in popularity as wineries produce these sporadically to mark special occasions such as anniversaries or unique vintages. There are several benefits to the large format bottles; they age better which results in a higher quality wine and can be stored for a longer period due to the low oxygen to wine ratio inside the bottle. Conversely, smaller formats like half or quarter bottles age more quickly and should therefore be consumed almost immediately.

With the variety of shapes and sizes of wine bottles available, it is important to consider what type of wine you purchase most often when deciding on racking styles and options. That Nebuchadnezzar bottle of Champagne will add a dramatic element to your cellar, but it can be a difficult task determining the optimal place to store it.

Vinotemp offers many solutions for an array of bottles sizes and shapes while working to fit your budget. Below we have outlined the different products we have available with notes on how to use them for different bottle shapes and sizes.

Modular Rack Kits

Incorporating our modular rack kits, you have many options for displaying different wine bottle sizes in conjunction with your 750ml collection.

• The Wood Case/Open Bottle Bin Wine Rack offers the most freedom, with the option to store smaller bottles the conventional way and larger bottles on their side or within a box on a shelf.

• Any modular design that includes X-bins allows for a variety of sizes as well as a more cost-effective alternative to individual racks.

Quarter Round Wine Rack Modules utilize the maximum amount of space in your cellar and draws attention to your most impressive bottles and other accessories like glasses or decanters.

Racks with a tabletop not only provide space for unique bottle sizes but also for decanting.

Magnum/Champagne Modular Wine Racks are also available.
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Wine Cellar with Wood Racks

Modern Wine Racks

Modern wine racks offer a streamlined look and are often made using metal or acrylic. Here are our most popular styles and the appropriate bottle sizes:

Epicureanist Metal Wine Racks: These label forward metal wine racks can hold most standard sized wine bottles. To accommodate larger format bottles, add a row of magnum racks.

Peg or Pin Wine Racks: The popular peg wine rack allows you to easily create a beautiful wall of wine. Using sturdy metal or acrylic, each bottle is held securely in place. These racks are designed for standard bottle sizes.
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With Cellar with Peg Racking by Vinotemp

Wine Refrigerators

While most wine coolers are designed with racking for 750ml bottles, many Vinotemp models do accommodate larger formats. For example, the Private Reserve 188-Bottle Wine Cooler has space for larger bottles on the top and bottom racks. Please note that while you will be able to fit larger bottles, this does decrease the overall bottle capacity of the wine chiller.
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Vinotemp’s Private Reserve Series 188-Bottle Commercial 300 Wine Cooler


You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to custom wine cellars and unique bottle sizes. Similar to modular kits, custom wine cellars can include shelves, x-bins, and tabletops to display all bottle sizes. You may also request individual racks that are customized for larger format or smaller format bottles to create a truly breathtaking display. Storing and showcasing unique wine bottle sizes in your cellar is something that should not be overlooked.
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Custom Acrylic Wine Cellar by Vinotemp

Vinotemp is Ready to Help

With Vinotemp, it is easy to find the right storage solution to accommodate bottles of different shapes and sizes. Whether utilizing our pre-made kits or custom design services, our sales team is happy to help with all of your design needs to create an exciting display that is sure to impress your guests.