Can You Store Wine in Plastic Bottles?

Have you ever thought about using containers other than wine bottles to store your wine? It is possible, but there are several factors to consider when choosing the form of container for storage. Something to always keep in mind is that it’s crucial to store wine in an airtight container to prevent exposure to oxygen in the air. Believe it or not, It’s not uncommon to wonder if storing wine in plastic bottles is acceptable. As with anything, storing wine in this type of container has both advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of Storing Wine in Plastic Bottles

There are a few advantages to storing wine in plastic bottles:

  • When it comes to storing wine, many people choose to use plastic containers to avoid the risk of breaking glass. In certain situations, like sitting by the pool or having a barbecue with friends, plastic cups may be preferred over wine glasses for serving wine. This way, there’s no need to worry about any accidents that could result in shattered glass.
  • Plastic weighs lighter than glass. Consumers often prefer plastic bottles for wine over heavier glass bottles due to ease of handling, transport, and storage. 
  • Glass bottles have a larger carbon footprint than plastic bottles because they weigh more and require more fuel to transport, even though both materials are recyclable. Care to learn more about how Custom Wine Packaging helps the environment? Read our blog regarding using recycled materials! 

Disadvantages of Storing Wine in Plastic Bottles

Though there are advantages to storing wine in plastic bottles, it is imperative to consider the disadvantages as well. It is arguable that the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.

  • Plastic will affect the taste of the wine by fermenting it. Plastic is porous and contains chemicals, causing the wine’s aromas and flavors to be affected while stored this way. 
  • Wine is only drinkable for up to six months while stored in plastic bottles since after time plastic will begin letting oxygen into the bottle. As we noted above, oxidized wine will lose the wine’s original taste, smell, and color. Read our blog entitled “How Long Does Wine Last” to learn more about what storage normally looks like for wine in glass bottles. 
  • It’s important to be aware of the harmful BPAs found in plastic that can be detrimental to one’s health. These BPAs act as hormone disruptors that interfere with the body’s natural hormones. If choosing to store wine in plastic bottles, always be sure that they’re BPA-free to avoid any potential health risks. 
  • The experience of drinking wine loses its class when consumed from a plastic bottle, as it may indicate a lower quality of wine. 

Storing Your Wine Using Custom Wine Packaging  

Now that you have all the information concerning storing wine in plastic bottles, you can decide if this practice is best for you. Regardless of the container, Custom Wine Packaging helps you store your bottles! We offer custom wine totes which bring a level of tastefulness to your storage space. Whether you want a branded or plain tote, we’ve got you covered. View our packaging products page to see other packaging and shipping options we have available for purchase. We can’t wait for you to contact us and get started on your Custom Wine Packaging journey!