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Frequently Asked Questions

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Wine Bottle FAQs

What types of traditional wine bottles are available?

WP Bottle supplies carries dozens of types of wine bottles, but they can basically be broken down into 3 main categories.

  • Bordeaux bottles are designed with a rounded shoulder and are often used for red wines.  > Learn More
  • Burgundy bottles have a less pronounced shoulder and are often used for white wines.  > Learn More
  • Hock bottles, also referred to as stretch hock bottles, have a very tapered shoulder and are typically used for Rieslings and dessert wines. > Learn More

There are specialty bottles in each category and many have styles which have trademark names like Kleenex is to hand tissues.

Bottles come in a variety of sizes: 1.5L, 1L,750ml, 375ml and 200ml.

What about bottles for Sparkling/Champagne or Icewine?

Sparkling bottles are designed to take the pressure of a carbonated beverages. > Learn More

Icewine bottles tend to be only available in the smaller sizes. > Learn More

What colours of wine bottles are available?

Wine bottles come in a variety of different colours. Traditionally, the colours are clear, amber and varieties of green.

Clear (or flint) bottles are generally used for white and rose wines.

Green bottles are generally used for red wines – the colour protects the wine from being damaged by light.

Amber bottles are generally used for both. Regardless of traditional uses, the choice of colour is a personal choice.

What type of closures are there for wine bottles?

There are four types of closures that are used for wine bottles: 

  1. ROPP Closures are metal and require a machine to apply to the bottle. They have the advantage over other metal closures in that they are tamper evident.
  2. Twist or Stelvin Closures closures are metal screw on caps which can be reapplied by hand to close the bottle after opening.
  3. Bar Top Closures are cork or synthetic material attached to a plastic top which doesn’t require a machine to apply – they can be opened and closed multiple times. 
  4. Cork Closures are the traditional closure for wine and come either in natural or synthetic materials. Corks require a machine to apply and open.

How many cases/bottles come on a full pallet?

A standard pallet for shipping glass in cartons measures 40”x48”.

Different bottles have different circumferences which result in different sized cartons. Each of our bottle descriptions lists how many cases are on a standard pallet.

I don't need a full pallet. What are my options?

If you require less than pallet amounts, many of our most popular bottles can be found in our Cash 'N Carry Store.

Are there other choices besides glass bottles?

Though glass currently offers the most variety of shapes and sizes, WP Bottle Supply does have some PET bottles available.

PET bottles are plastic bottles which tend to use screw cap closures. Since plastic can react with products over time, each of our bottles will come with a timeframe which our bottles have been tested for without wine reacting with the plastic. All the PET products we sell are able to be recycled.

How long does it take to order bottles?

The short answer to this question is 'it depends'.

Many of our most popular bottles are normally kept in stock and can be delivered within 24 hours of confirmation of the order.

However, if we need to order glass from one of the factories we represent, the time will depend if they have them in stock or if we have to wait for a production run. The time it would take to arrive can be as little as 48 hours to as long as 8 weeks.

Bottles carried in our Cash 'N Carry Store can be ordered online and picked up with as little as 3 hours notice.

How many bottles are in a case?

Typically, 1.5L bottles come 6 bottles per carton. Most other bottles sizes come 12 bottles per case.

Some 200ml bottles come in cases of 24.

What is 'virgin glass'?

Glass is produced by heating silica to very high temperatures which causes it to fuse into glass. The various colours are created by adding different alloys to create the desired hue.

Virgin glass is produced from silica only and contains no recycled glass in the process.

Glass is one of the most stable and environmentally materials that can be used for bottles.

Broken glass, called cullet, can be re-melted during the bottle making process to create a new bottle. Unlike plastics, nothing is lost to the environment.

Not only does it reuse a product that will never decompose in a landfill, it takes less energy to produce a bottle with cullet than starting with silica.

Is there a quality difference between glass from different countries?

We source glass containers both domestically and internationally. Like any manufactured product, the quality of glass results from the procedures and quality control of the individual factory rather than the country it is produced in.

Regardless of which country WP Bottle Supply sources its glass from, we assure quality and consistency of each bottle.

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