You would have probably noticed in wine bars and restaurants that it exists several kinds of
glasses with different shapes. Each shape would have an effect on the development of the
aromas of the wine. This is why each type of wine would have a glass shape that suits their
characteristics best. Let’s have a look at the four most common ones.
Red wine glasses have a large base as well as a wide converging opening. Red wines need
space to get enough oxygen in order to express their complex aromas. Wines with strong
tannins tend to taste smoother from a glass with a wide opening.
White wine glasses are typically served in small-bowled glasses. Glasses are thinner and
with a longer sten. The capacity in the glass is smaller than the red wine glass because it’s
preferable to drink white wine fresher than red wine.
Rosé wine glasses are medium-sized because it’s important that they don’t get too much
oxygen. They are longer but thinner than red wine glasses with a converging opening that
allows to have a good expression of its aromas.
Sparkling wine glasses are the longest and thinnest of all. This allows bubbles to stay in the
wine for a longer period of time. It’s even more important if you are having a not-so-bubbly
sparkling wine. The opening is small so the nose is outside the glass and is not disturbed by
You can find many different styles and variations of glass shapes described above but for the
same wine you can have different tastes and smells if you taste it in different glasses!