Without the bottle we could not enjoy the wine in its entirety, it is an integral part of the choices that a wine maker takes for the proper conservation of their product.
The privileged containers in antiquity were the terracotta amphorae and the wooden barrels, above all for their high capacity and the greater resistance to impact during transport.
The first historical traces concerning the origins of the glass bottle date back to the first century A.C. but only from the seventeenth century with the improvement of the techniques of production and processing of glass determined the sufficent conditions for the invention of the modern bottle of wine.
There are various shapes and colors, for example we use Borgognotta and Champagnotta.
The Borgognotta for our Soave Classico Grisela, Bine Longhe and Recioto, with different colours of the glass and dimensions. We opted for the transparent glass in the “Grisela” to emphasize the bright straw yellow color of our wine and for a darker color for the “Bine Longhe” to better preserve its organoleptic qualities over the years, the same choice and reason for the Recioto but in 0.50l format. The shape of the bottle is conical, without shoulders and with a long neck.
The Champagnotta are the ideal form for sparkling wines: the Arcerus Extra Brut and the Avus. It is similar to Borgognotta, but the glass is thicker to better withstand the internal pressure and is traditionally used for Champagne. Dark in color to prevent the light from ruining the wine features.
As a general rule is good to assume that wines to be consumed in a short time can be kept in transparent glass bottles, while those suitable for aging must be protected from dark glass.
Let’s see the anatomy of a bottle of wine:
The ring (anello) also called “cercine” in the past was used to anchor the cap to the bottle with ropes or metal wires.
The neck (collo) is the narrowest part of the bottle on which there is the opening that allows the wine to be poured.
The shoulder (spalla) of the bottle is that part which, starting from the body, narrows in a more or less accentuated way to form the neck. The shape of the shoulders plays a very important role in the bottles of wine as it is fundamental both for the mixing and for the decantation of the liquid.
The body (corpo) is the largest part of the bottle and is the one in which the liquid is located.
The base (base), called “picura”, in addition to having the obvious function of allowing the bottle to remain in a vertical position, is often shaped with a rather concave shape, characteristic not present in all types of bottles and the reason for this “indentation” is probably due to historical production reasons.
The bottles also differ in size but .. we’ll tell you another time!