How Many Bottles of Wine in a Barrel: Wine Lover’s Guide

Last Updated on November 5, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Oak barrels play a significant role in the wine industry because they are used for aging wine and imparting rich flavors.

Hence, knowing how many bottles of wine a barrel can hold is essential if you’re a wine connoisseur with a wine cellar, wine-tasting enthusiast, or a winemaker. 

But if you’re just a curious wine lover, you’re in for a treat.

How Many Wine Bottles Does A Barrel Hold?

Wine Barrels

Generally, most wine barrels hold 44 gallons (200 L) to 143 gallons (650 L) of wine. A typical wine barrel usually holds 60 gallons (225 L) of wine.

To break it down, you can yield approximately five bottles for each gallon of wine from one barrel.

If we assume a standard wine bottle size of 750 ml is used, thus an entire barrel with 60 gallons of wine can yield approximately 300 bottles of wine. 

Regarding different wine bottle sizes, 300 is equivalent to 600 half bottles (one-half bottle of standard size) and 150 magnum bottles of wine (or two bottles of standard size).

On a side note, the average case of wine usually contains 12 standard wine bottles, and one ton of grapes yields approximately 60 cases of wine or 720 standard wine bottles.

The number of wine bottles or how much wine a single barrel holds will vary depending on several factors, such as the barrel size and the wine bottle sizes used. 

6 Barrel Sizes & The Number of Wine Bottles They Hold

1. Barrique Bordelaise 

Wine Barrel

Barrique Bordelaise is particularly used for aging red wines. It has a capacity of approximately 59 gallons (225 L) [1], producing 300 standard bottles of wine. 

It has a tight grain and is heavily toasted, which gives the wine or drink stored in it a rich and complex flavor profile with notes of vanilla, spice, and toast.

2. Barrique Burgundy 

Barrique Burgundy is a French oak barrel, particularly used in the production of red and white wines.

It can hold approximately 60 gallons (228), producing 300 standard bottles of wine.

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It has a finer grain than the Barrique Bordelaise and is lightly toasted, which gives the wine a more restrained and nuanced flavor profile with notes of oak, smoke, and spice.

3. Cognac 

Cognac Barrel Making

Cognac is a French oak barrel used to age cognac, brandy, whiskey, beers, and tequila.

It contains 79 gallons (300 L) to 106 gallons (400 L), producing 395 to 530 standard bottles of wine.

It is often seasoned for several years before it is used to reduce the intensity of the oak flavors.

4. Puncheons

Puncheon, a traditionally American oak barrel commonly used in making fortified wines such as Sherry and Madeira, holds 132 gallons (500 L) to 185 gallons (700 L), producing 660 to 925 standard bottles of wine.

It is heavily toasted, which gives the wine or spirit a distinct flavor and aroma profile like caramel, vanilla, or smoke.

5. Demi-Muids

Demi-Muids is a French or American oak barrel commonly used to store and age wine.

It has a capacity of approximately 158 gallons (600 L) [2], producing 790 standard bottles of wine.

It is generally less heavily toasted than a small oak barrel, giving the wine vanilla, toast, and spice flavors.

6. French Foudres

French Foudres Barrel

French Foudres barrels are often used for aging and storing wine.

It holds insane amounts of around 264 gallons (1,000 L) to 1,320 gallons (5,000 L), producing many bottles of wine, around 1,320 to 6,600 or 110 to 550 cases of wine.

It is known for its unique shape, often described as an elongated oval, and imparts flavors of vanilla, toast, and spice to the wine.


How do you compute the number of wine bottles in a barrel?

You can compute the number of wine bottles in a barrel by dividing the liter of the typical barrel by the milliliter of a standard bottle of wine. However, you must convert it into a decimal, making it 0.75 L.

You can also compute it by multiplying five wine bottles of standard size by each gallon of the typical barrel.

What is the standard size of a wine barrel?

The standard size of a barrel is 60 gallons or 225 liters.

To Sum It Up

Most barrels hold 44 gallons (200 L) to 143 gallons (650 L) of wine, and the standard barrel size holds 60 gallons (225 liters) of wine, equivalent to 25 cases or 300 bottles of wine.

The number of wine bottles produced in one barrel varies depending on the barrel and bottle sizes used in the winemaking process.  

Finally, to calculate how many bottles of wine or how much wine are in one barrel, you must divide the liter of the barrel by the decimal liter of the bottle of wine or multiply each gallon of the barrel by five bottles of wine. 



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here or feel free to give Lydia a tip.

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