The square glass wine bottle is back - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips

Unsual square glass wine bottles have been spotted in the home delivery orders of Ocado customers - the red Heritage de Calvet Cotes du Rhone Villages 2018 (£7.50) and the white version, the Calvet Heritage Cotes du Rhone White at £7.99 (but down from £11.99 until 16th March) are both available in non-traditional shaped bottles.

Although difficult to see from the image used on the Ocado online grocery shopping website, the wines are in glass bottles with a square cross section. The bottle design tapers normally towards the top and finishes in the more familiar screwcap. This is an oddity for Calvet as the rest of their regional French range are bottled in the traditional glass bottle shapes known as Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace and the thicker glass sparkling type.

But we've been here before. In 2013 the Californian winery Truett-Hurst launched what was claimed to be the first range of wines in square glass bottles. With just three wines in the range - a 2012 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 2012 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2012 red blend - the square bottles, known as the California Square, had the appearance of gin or vodka bottles and were marketed as having a space-saving design when lined up on shop shelves.

The Truett-Hurst winery is still going but their square bottle wines disappeared (but they pop up again in the history of the 2020 launch of a paper wine bottle - see Paper wine bottle - where did it come from?). It's the same story from almost a decade earlier when in 1993 Four Corners Cellars in California launched their Chardonnay in square bottles. They went on to bottle three other wines in square bottles but are no longer doing so. And again, South African vineyard Matuba starting selling its wines in rounded cornered square glass bottles in 2005 but, although still listed on wine websites, their social media presence tailed off in 2008. However there is some good news - French winery Chateau de Berne is still selling their wines in slimline square bottles having started to do so in 2007.

The sqaure-bottled Heritage de Calvet Cotes de Rhone may currently be available in square bottles but unfortunately it too is being discontinued. So get it while you can. 

Latest wine reviews

Email newsletter

Get the latest wine reviews
and tips straight to your inbox


About WineUncorked and its editor, Paula Goddard Read more