Punt – Wine Term of the Week

Punt - Wine Term of the WeekA punt is the indentation or “dimple” on the bottom of a wine bottle. Years ago when wine bottles were blown by hand, the punt was a result of the bottle making procedures. Nobody seems to know why the punt is present on modern day bottles but … like almost every other wine topic …it’s heavily debated.

Here’s a few explanations:

  • Indents the point so you don’t scratch the table when setting down the bottle
  • Stabilizes the bottle so it’s less likely to get knocked over
  • Makes it easier to pour the wine by providing a place to put your thumb
  • Makes the bottles stackable for ease of transport
  • Amasses the sediment so it isn’t poured out with the wine
  • etc. etc. …

punt, kick or kick-upPunts are more common on bottles of red wine than white, lending credibility to the sediment theory. The punt is also sometimes referred to as the kick or kick-up.

Thanks for reading!

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3 Responses to Punt – Wine Term of the Week

  1. Kirsten Ness says:

    Human beings name EVERYTHING don’t we?? Who knew there was a name for the indent on a bottle!

    Incidentally, is there a proper way to pour a bottle of wine? Is it consider ‘gauche’ to pour like you would any other liquid or are the people who pour by holding it from the bottom just showing off? Perhaps another blog entry idea?

    • Hi Kirsten!

      Pouring wine isn’t rocket science. I’m not a wine snob at all and I think that some of this stuff is waaaaay overthought. One rule I do follow is that the bottle shouldn’t touch the glass when pouring.

      I did learn some impressive stuff as far as opening bottles & presentation and I plan to enlighten everyone in the future. Thanks for the comment!

  2. TT says:

    In traditional wineries the workers put their thumb in the punt of the wine bottle while pinching the index finger against the bottle bottom and rotating the wine bottles in the rack back and forth, mostly with both hands for two bottles simultaneously. They have to do that periodically in a particular way until the wine ages. Who cares nowadays with all the advances of the technologies? Remaining are those punts of the wine bottles!

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