Make Mine Plastic: Plastic Wine Bottles

Technology |  < 1 min. read

Here in March, it’s hard to imagine summer, well, period – let alone a day when we can spread a blanket out on the grass, open up a picnic basket and worry about ants instead of ice.

(And thanks Punxatawney Phil, for giving us six more weeks of winter!)

So here’s a jump start for your imagination, and a soon-to-come addition to those picnics – the plastic wine bottle.

The folks at Amcor make it (Amcor is a plastics company in Michigan).  The folks at Naked Winery fill it (a winery in Oregon).

And why might you want it?  First, no more “oops”.  No more “after a long hike in to your lovely picnic spot, nicely shaded under a big old tree, and as your (sweaty) hands reach for the wine bottle that you’ve packed in all that way, oops.”  No wine, and a mess of broken glass to clean up.  That, and, a plastic bottle weighs a lot less – so your hike in (and out) to your picnic spot is a lot more comfortable.

Your new bottle keeps your wine fine for at least a year, comes with the modern post-cork topper (a metal screw top), and is made from PET plastic.

Right now, Naked Winery is filling those bottles with a rose, a couple of whites and a Cabernet/Merlot blend.  But stay tuned, because we think other wineries will be following suit.


(Oh, and if you’re the kind of person who wonders about this kind of thing, “PET” stands for polyethylene terephthalate.  But you could call it just another way that petrochemicals make life, and picnics, better.)