Wine bottles made of glass or other materials with a balloon-shaped body in many sizes from 2 to 50 liters and more. The first small-format wine bottles were produced in the 17th century and also had a balloon or spherical body. The bottle bottom A balloon bottle has only about half the circumference of the bottle belly in the middle. Together with a slight arching inwards, it is protected against breaking through when it is put on. Special wooden frames also allow stacking. There are also models with a tap for serving - see picture on the left:
To protect them from breakage and damaging light, they are often covered with a mesh of straw, bast, willow or similar material as well as plastic, which is why they are also called wicker bottles. For larger volumes, such bottles are also provided with handles. Such containers are mainly used for transport or long-term storage and also for serving cider, juices and wine.
The big advantage of Glass or ceramics is sterility, because no flavors are released compared to wood or plastic. Such bottles / jars for wine (but also other alcoholic beverages such as spirits as well as fruit juices) are common in many countries, e.g. B. Damajuana (Argentina), demijohn aka Lady Jane (England, Portugal, Spain), bombona (Spain), bonbonne and Lady Jeanne (France) as well Damigiana and Fiasco (Italy). See also on the topic below bottles and wine vessels,