Ever wondered why some wine bottles have that punt at the bottom?
Some believe that it is related to the wine quality, others believe that it is for pouring with elegance. The truth is that no one is quite sure why there is a punt, however there are theories.
The most feasible theory is that the punt was a natural by-product of bottle manufacturing. The glass blower would push the seam of the bottle up to allow it to stay upright and stopping cutting people’s hands.
Punt in the bottles are also a way of trapping sediment in the red wine at the bottom of the bottle instead of mixing back with the wine.
The disadvantage with manufacturing is that it is more expensive to manufacture as more glass is needed. Puntless bottles need less glass and are therefore cheaper to manufacture and transport.
In the 19th century in Germany a new type of bottle appeared - the Hock (Rhine) Wine bottles which used a different shape and less / no punting. Some may think that by then, the Germans had developed a more advanced method and technology to produce these bottles.
So when choosing a wine, look for the credentials in the labels such as vintages, producer reputation, origin certifications etc... with today's technology the punting is no longer a necessity but a choice of packaging.