Many wine enthusiasts like single wine bottle holders because they provide an attractive conversation piece on the countertop or table while their guests are enjoying wine. There are many types of single wine bottle holders available from artisans and from online retailers.
We’ve scoured the internet and found the very best, up-to-date wine holders, any one of which may be a good addition to your dining space or a nice gift for a wine-loving friend.
Why would I want a single wine bottle holder?
A single wine bottle holder is a decorative way to show off a prized bottle of wine. The wine bottle holder might be minimalistic - intended to display the fine wine. Or, you may prefer a bolder wine holder - a conversation piece beside the cheese tray.
Wine bottle holders, which can be constructed from wood, wire, plastic, or all of the above, have become very popular home decor items. Also, a wine bottle holder can be an easy, quick gift for the wine lover who “has it all.”
How do I choose a wine bottle holder?
Whether you are purchasing the wine bottle holder as a gift or for your own home, there are a few things to consider.
Wine bottle displays can be constructed from wood, wire, plastic, wire, resin or a combination all of the above.
Since wine bottle holders are home decor, the design aesthetic is a big focus. Consider who will be using the wine bottle holder. Do they intend to use the product seasonally or throughout the year? Do they like funny/quirky things or are they more traditional?
If the apartment dweller or homeowner has limited space, then a large single wine bottle holder might take up too much space. They may prefer a wall-mounted item.
Since these items fall into the kitchen home decor category, they are typically low to moderately priced. One-of-a-kind wine bottle holders can be premium priced. However, since those items are very specific we limit our reviews to items that are mass-produced but not low quality.
Do I need a wine bottle holder?
No, a wine bottle holder is not a necessity for a wine collector. Its purpose is to show off a bottle of wine or to serve as a conversation piece in its own right. Most often, single wine bottle holders serve as a unique piece of art reflecting the style and aesthetic of the wine owner. There’s not a single, go-to brand of wine bottle holder.
Precautions to consider
The wine bottle holder exposes the wine bottle to light, heat, and vibration, all of which can affect the wine. For more on long-term storage of wine, check out our wine storage article.
If you are gifting a single wine bottle holder, acknowledge that minimalists may find them cluttering.
Best wine bottle holders
And the best single wine bottle holders are ….
Best Wooden Wine Bottle Holder
This hardwood wine bottle holder would be a good bet for anyone whose design style you’re not sure of. It does not look or feel cheap and would make a good gift for someone who would like to show off a single Napa Cabernet Sauvignon to guests. This is our pick for that conservative or traditional wine enthusiast in your life.
Unique gravity-defying shape - does not look like every other wine bottle holder on the market
Dark finish and minimalist design complement many home decor styles
Comes in a nice box for easy wrapping - no need to wrap an awkward shape
Free accompanying bottle stopper seems like an odd freebie (but hey, it’s free!)
Best Metal Wine Bottle Holder
We love this simple, stainless steel wine bottle holder as our favorite metal wine bottle holder. If you (or the gift recipient) want to showcase the wine instead of the bottle holder itself, this might be a good selection.
No design elements near the neck of the wine bottle - so it can acomodate 750 mL bottles of various sizes and lengths
Matches most stainless steel kitchen appliances
Rust resistant - if you entertain outside and accidentally leave it outdoors a few times, it won’t rust
Might look a little too simple or industrial for those who would prefer a little more character in their wine bottle holder
Best Floating Wine Bottle Holder (in Cowboy Up! Or Ships Ahoy!)
Yes, you can have the best of both worlds - minimalist design that won’t detract from a great bottle of wine AND a topic of discussion at your next party.
Makes guests look twice
Design is not obtrusive
Only available in white
Might get tipped over in a crowded or busy space
Best Wall Mounted Wine Bottle Holder
Many wall mounted wine bottle holders detract from the wine bottle. Our top pick lets the label do all the talking.
Minimalist design - you see the wine bottle not the holder
Can be used at room temperature (in a kitchen) or in a wine cellar
Easy to install
The holder does stick out of the wall a little bit - you will not want to mount one right next to a doorway
Best Animal Wine Bottle Holder
There are so many animal wine bottle holders available online, it was so hard to pick one! If you don’t know what type of animal a gift recipient likes, an octopus is a good compromise (they’re quite intelligent, and fun to look at, too!). This wine holder is also a great gift for nautical themed condos or beach homes - or Kraken lovers. This guy’s tentacles don’t get in the way of the top of the bottle, so it can acomodates a variety of bottle lengths and sizes.
Some of the animal wine bottle holders have the bottle aimed at the animal’s mouth. While this may elicit a chuckle, some people consider it a little on the silly side. Also, those designs might not fit all bottle types. This one allows for more flexibility in bottle size.
Don’t store the wine for long in an upright position as the cork will dry out!
Best Unique Wine Bottle Holder (Perfect for Halloween!)
Worried about having a lifeless party? Why not liven it up with this Undead single bottle wine holder? This is a perfect gift for fans of The Walking Dead or Santa Clarita Diet (or for anyone who loves Halloween).
Weighing in at a little over three pounds, this resin wine holder is a sturdy piece
Very detailed gore on the zombie neck, face and arms
Does not hold odd wine bottle sizes or odd liquor bottle sizes
Best Wine Holder for Boxed Wine
Who says boxed wine doesn’t deserve a spotlight. We say, “No wine left behind!”
Entertaining a crowd? Need to take wine to the beach or pool where glass is a no-no? Discard that carboard box and place that bag of wine inside this stylish wood box! The way this wood box is designed, you can actually get all the wine out of the bag (in some cardboard boxes it is tricky to get all the wine out).
The best part about wine in a bag is that if you don’t finish it all, it will keep for many days. While much of boxed wine here in the US is nameless plonk in a box, there is an increasing number of good value wine being placed in these containers.
Pro Tip: Purchase more than one for a party and then use one for wine and the other for any other spirited cocktail under 80 proof.
Good for weddings or big parties when you want to avoid unsightly cardboard boxes
Home winemaker? Fill the bag with your own creation and label with the free accompanying chalk
Accompanying bags can be filled with bottled wine as well
A little bulky - you’ll need to find a place to store it when not in use
And the winner is…
The floating lasso bottle holder!
We like that this wine holder showcased the wine, yet was intriguing enough to be a topic of discussion at an indoor or outdoor party. Also, the white color complements or contrasts a lot of trendy decor and surfaces. It would fit right at home in a range of decor styles - beach, cowboy chic, or rustic modern.
Good luck choosing the wine bottle holder that’s just right for your entertaining or gifting needs!