Eight funky new ways to package wine

Date posted:
September 30, 2011

You may think you're going to your local wine shop to grab a bottle, but chances are, you might actually end up coming home instead with a box, pouch, or can, suggests Jesse Chemtob from the US of A. More and more, brands are seeking to cut through the clutter and be more sustainable in their wine-making. We took a look at some of the more popular and unique alternatives to glass.



Wine in a can (right) may seem a bit odd at first glance, but a few producers have gravitated toward this method of bottling, (err canning?). These cans from Sofia, of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, even come with a straw attached. Presumably so you can avoid staining your teeth and quickly aerate the wine.



Aluminum Bottles

We've seen aluminum bottles used for beer for a few years now, but it seems wines have made their way to these bottles as well. No word on whether future bottles will have color-changing grapes to notify you when the bottle hits the perfect serving temperature!


















Probably the most well-known, non-glass alternative, Bag-In-box (BIB) wines have soared in popularity. Today, you can find a wider selection of BIB wines than ever before, and word on the street is they can actually be quite good.









Tetra Pak What is a Tetra Pak, you ask? Well, it's pretty similar to a juice box or milk carton. The packaging itself is comprised of multiple layers (six to be exact) designed to protect the wine from the elements (UV, moisture, etc).  

















Mini Barrel (Plastic)

One of the more unique non-glass bottlings is this plastic mini-barrel from Red Truck. Again, the mini-barrel seems to take a page from the beer industry and will be taking up some prime real estate on your counter or in your fridge. 














Another rising star of the non-glass alternatives is the AstraPouch. If you're scratching your head and thinking, "man, that looks familiar," it's because you've probably seen or had a Capri Sun in your lifetime. Though for the AstraPouch, the liquid (wine or spirit) flows out the bottom from an easy-to-use valve, rather than through that small hole of your Pacific Cooler which was always seemingly impossible to stab open. 






Pre-filled Glasses

In the Snooth office, these were quite the hit. The pre-filled wine glasses are made out of PET plastic and are sealed at the top with foil. What's PET plastic? Well, duh, it's polyethylene terephthalate









Ceramic Bottles

Well, what can we say here. Ceramic bottles were very much in use before today's more standard glass bottling rose to prominence with glass blowing. Remember all of those images of Ancient Greeks drinking out of clay pots? Mer Soleil's Silver bottling kills two birds with one stone, both using a glass alternative and bringing ceramic back.


(Source: SNOOTH)



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