I´m sure nobody´s ever paid any special attention to the bottle that holds the precious elixir that wine is. Remember Othello? Let´s focus on the modest container, shall we?
It is generally made of glass. Some wines are fermented in the bottle and others are bottled only after fermentation.
They come in a large variety of sizes, several named for biblical kings and other figures. The standard bottle contains 750 ml., although this is a relatively recent development.
Wine bottles are susually sealed with cork, but screw-top caps are becoming popular, and there are several other methods used to seal a bottle.