Saturday, March 23, 2013

Guide of Original 6 Bottle Wine Boxes

Three 6 bottle wine boxes with lids and inserts (The inserts are removable, made of cardboard and shaped like bottles)

Average dimensions: 13" L X 11" W X 7" H

The above is from Campo Eliseo, which is a Spanish vineyard in the region of Toro. The front side of the box is the longest part. This is the 13" side. Most 6 bottle wine boxes are branded on this side.

Where do they come from? 

6 Bottle wine boxes are generally made by wineries in Napa Valley, Italy and Spain, but some French wineries; especially in Burgundy make them as well. Very few come out of Bordeaux.

What bottle sizes do they hold?

Most hold 750ML sized bottles. The only other type of 6 bottle wine box holds magnum sized bottles, and ironically most of these sized wine boxes are made in Bordeaux.

They aren't half the size of a 12 bottle crate, which is an unusual fact. A 12 bottle wine crate averages         19 1/2" L X 13" W X 7" H. The average 6 bottle wine box is around seven inches smaller. This is because the sides of a 6 bottle add space to the crate, and the bottle lengths don't change. So a 12 bottle isn't really substantially larger than a 6 bottle.

What are they used for? (Beside wine of course)

Shelving units in a wine cellar, kitchen cabinets, small planters, wine cellar or bedroom end tables, CD or book storage and much more. They are very strong and durable, and they are designed to hold a good deal of weight,

What are they made of?

They're generally made of solid pine, but a handful are made with ply. The average wood thickness is 1/2", but some may be slightly thinner or thicker. We inspect and prepare them all to a nice smooth-to-the-touch texture. The first coat of any style finish is ready out of the box (No pun intended).

What kind of finish can I use on them?

Any wood finish works well. Semi-gloss or high-gloss polyurethane tends to make them look like glass. A wood stain comes in a variety of colors, and you can make them look very different. Below is a great example:

Isn't this gorgeous? Yes, those are actual wine boxes that were stained to a deep walnut finish. The kitchen floors are marble, and the cabinets are all wine boxes.

Where can I get them?

Visit and ask to speak with Patrick!

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