Wine bottles made of glass or other materials with balloon-shaped body in many sizes from 2 to 50 litres and more. The first small-format wine bottles were produced in the 17th century and also had a balloon-shaped or spherical body. The bottom of a balloon bottle has only about half the circumference of the bottle belly in the middle. Together with a slight inward bulge, this protects it from breaking through when the bottle is put on. Special wooden racks also allow stacking. There are also models with a drain cock for the bar - see picture left:
To protect them from breakage and harmful light, they are often covered with a weave of straw, raffia, willow or similar material, as well as plastic, which is why they are also known as wicker bottles. For larger volumes such bottles are also equipped with carrying handles. Such containers are mainly used for transport or long-term storage and also for serving must, juices and wine.
The great advantage of glass or ceramics is their sterility, because compared to wood or plastic no flavours are released. Such bottles/containers for wine (but also other alcoholic drinks such as spirits and fruit juices) are common in many countries, e.g. Damajuana (Argentina), Demijohn alias Lady Jane (England, Portugal, Spain), Bombona (Spain), Bonbonne and Dame-Jeanne (France) as well as Damigiana and Fiasco (Italy). See also the topic under Bottles and Wine Vessels.