How many 6 ounce glasses of wine are in a bottle?

Quick Answer

There are approximately 5 standard 6 ounce glasses of wine in a standard 750 mL bottle. This assumes the glasses are filled to the brim. If pouring typical 5 ounce pours, a 750 mL bottle would contain about 6 glasses.

Detailed Answer

Let’s break this down step-by-step:

1. Standard bottle size

The standard bottle size for wine is 750 mL or 25.4 oz. This is true for most table wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, etc.

Some wines like champagne come in different standard bottle sizes. But for regular still wines, 750 mL is the reference.

2. Standard glass size

There is no universally standard glass size for wine. But typically wine glasses range from 5-6 ounces.

Most wines glasses found in homes or casual restaurants hold around 5-6 oz when filled to the widest part or rim. Filling to the brim is not recommended, but for the purposes of calculating, we’ll use 6 oz as the standard glass size.

3. Do the math

* A standard 750 mL wine bottle contains 25.4 oz of wine
* Let’s assume 6 oz standard wine glass size
* To calculate glasses per bottle:
* Total oz in bottle (25.4) / Glass size (6)
* 25.4 oz / 6 oz per glass
* **Equals 4.23 glasses per 750 mL bottle**

So theoretically, there are about 4.23 6 oz glasses of wine in a standard 750 mL bottle.

But since you can’t pour 0.23 of a glass, the answer rounds down to 4 full 6 oz glasses per bottle.

4. Typical 5 oz pour

However, most people don’t actually fill wine glasses to the brim. A more typical pour is around 5 oz. This leaves a little room in the glass for swirling and smelling the aromas.

If we calculate using a 5 oz pour instead of 6 oz:

* 25.4 oz per bottle / 5 oz per glass
* **Equals 5.08 glasses per bottle at 5 oz pour**

Rounding down, a standard 750 mL bottle will generally pour about 5 glasses at a typical 5 oz pour.

5. Accounting for wine left in bottle (heel)

Additionally, there will often be a small amount of wine left in the bottle that can’t be poured. This is sometimes called the “heel.”

The heel may contain 1-2 oz of wine that stays stuck in the curve of the bottle. Subtracting out the heel, a 750 mL bottle will realistically only pour about 24-25 oz.

With 1 oz of heel, that’s 24 oz available to pour.

* 24 oz / 5 oz glasses
* **Equals 4.8 or rounded down, 4 glasses at 5 oz pour.**

So factoring in the heel, you may only get 4 full 5 oz glasses from a bottle in practice. Pours could vary quite a bit based on the particular pourer and style of wine glass.

Key Takeaways

* 5-6 oz is a typical wine glass size
* At 6 oz pours, a 750 mL bottle contains about 4 full glasses
* With 5 oz pours, expect around 5 full glasses from a standard bottle
* Accounting for the wine left in the bottle (heel), realistically you may get 4-5 glasses
* This can vary based on exact pour amounts and glass shapes

How Different Glass Sizes Change the Number of Glasses

The glass size used makes a significant impact on the number of glasses you can get out of a standard 750 mL wine bottle.

Here’s how it compares for different common glass sizes:

Glass Size Glasses per 750 mL Bottle
4 oz glass 6
5 oz glass 5
6 oz glass 4
8 oz glass 3
10 oz glass 2

As you can see, the smaller the glass size, the more glasses you can pour from a standard 750 mL bottle. The larger the glass, the fewer total glasses.

So selecting a particular glass size can be strategic if you want to stretch a limited number of wine bottles further. Opting for smaller 4-5 oz pours can make the same amount of wine go around more people.

Factors That Impact Glasses per Bottle

There are a few factors that can alter the final number of glasses poured from one bottle. These include:

Type of wine glass

Glass shape impacts capacity. Narrower flutes used for sparkling wines hold less than wide Pinot Noir glasses, for example. Charting exact volumes would require measuring many specific glass types. But in general:

* Narrow glasses = smaller pours
* Wide glasses = larger pours

Who is pouring

Some people tend to pour lighter or heavier than others. Restaurants aiming for cost control may pour smaller amounts. While an enthusiastic host at a dinner party may pour more generously. Expect variance between different pourers.

Who is drinking

If one person is enjoying the entire bottle themselves over time, they may opt for larger 6-8 oz pours. In a group setting, smaller 2-5 oz pours are often preferred to make the wine last more glasses.

Drinking vessels

Unconventional “glasses” like mason jars, tumblers, or stemless plastic cups don’t have standardized sizes. This can increase variation in how much liquid volume they hold.

Tips for Stretching Your Wine

If you want to stretch a limited number of wine bottles to serve more people, here are some tips:

– Use smaller glass sizes in the 4-5 oz range
– Pour lighter amounts, leaving 1/4-1/2 inch of empty space in each glass
– Use a measuring tool like a jigger to stay consistent with pour amounts
– Offer other beverages too like beer, cocktails, or non-alcoholic drinks to help pace wine consumption
– Include food so people snack as they sip over a longer time period
– Add sparkling water to wine to create a spritzer and water it down slightly
– Encourage guests to fully finish each glass before refilling

Pacing consumption and limiting pour amounts is helpful for making wine supplies go further. But most importantly focus on creating a fun, social atmosphere that makes the experience enjoyable no matter how much wine is available.


To summarize, the standard 750 mL bottle contains approximately 5 glasses when poured at a typical 5 oz serving size. This can range from 4-6 glasses depending on exact pour amounts and the shapes of glasses used. There are many factors that can alter the final number of pours per bottle. But with average 5 oz pours, you can estimate about 5 glasses of wine from a standard 750 mL bottle. The key is being aware of your pouring style and glassware to adjust the amount accordingly. Focus on creating a warm, convivial environment and the exact number of glasses often takes care of itself.

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