We recently blogged about the best wine aerators for those who can’t wait for their red wines to breathe. But, for those who have patience and time, decanting has its rewards. Not only will you have delicious wine, but you will also have gorgeous glassware. Certainly, there are simple carafe-style decanters out there, but there are also many more interesting shapes and styles. Each encourages different levels of aeration depending on the surface area they offer. Those with larger surface areas are better for bolder and younger red wines, for example. Less surface area is needed for rosés and lighter-bodied red wines. Here are nine of the best wine decanters, including simpler and more elaborate styles.
Le Chateau Wine Decanter
This decanter from Le Chateau is one of our favorites. Not only is it made of gorgeous hand-blown glass, it provides an optimal surface area for aeration. It is 8.5” diameter at its widest, easily accommodating a 750ml bottle of wine. Use this carafe for your boldest and youngest wines and you’ll never be disappointed with its performance.
WBSEos U-Shaped Wine Carafe: $24
U-shaped and swan-shaped decanters not only offer excellent surface area, they make a strong impression. Everyone will ask where you got this gorgeous carafe and then they’ll be equally surprised by the price. This decanter is made of hand-blown glass and the shape allows for easy pouring once aeration is complete. Of all the decanters on the list, this makes one of the most stunning gifts, as well. For many, it’s the first step in becoming a collector of stylish decanters.
Wine Enthusiast Duck Decanter: $59
Duck decanters are another beautiful addition to any wine lover’s collection of decanters. Their unusual shape both optimizes surface area and ease of pouring. While many decanters of this style tend to be fragile, this Wine Enthusiast model is surprisingly durable and made from lead-free crystal glass. This company also offers a wonderful warranty. If this decanter breaks, they will replace it free up to ten years after purchase.
Riedel Cabernet Decanter: $46
Riedel is known for its gorgeous glassware, and their decanters are just as beautiful as their wine glasses. This particular decanter is intended for Cabernets. As you can see, it doesn’t provide quite the surface area that the above decanters do, so younger Cabernets will need more aeration time. If you have the forethought to let the wine breathe as you are making dinner, however, you won’t be disappointed.
We love this decanter not only for its silhouette but for the drying stand that it comes with. Safely inverting and drying a decanter can be tricky! The last thing you want is for your glassware to tumble to the floor. It also comes with a cleaning brush to help remove sediment, stains, and deposits. This brush will be a fine tool for maintaining other decanters in your collection, as well.
Sagaform Wine Carafe: $30
This hand-blown wine carafe from Sagaform comes with a charming solid oak stopper. This is a perfect temporary solution if you don’t finish the bottle that you decant. It also adds a dash of style to an already elegant piece of glassware, perfect for any table setting. While the company lists this as dishwasher safe, we recommend hand washing your decanters to make sure they last a long time. It’s quite difficult to balance them in the dishwasher, plus it’s unlikely the water will fully clean the base inside.
Menu Winebreather Carafe: $50
The Menu Winebreather is a decanter designed to fit snugly over the mouth of the wine bottle. There is a rubber junction between the two so that you can fully invert the wine bottle into the decanter. You can serve the wine directly from the decanter then, or pour it back into the bottle. In theory, you could do this with any decanter, but this system makes it even easier. Tight seal, no funnels, no messes.
Bormioli Rocco Premium Carafe: $50
The Bormioli Rocco Premium Carafe is another gorgeous piece of glassware that always impresses. This carafe is very sturdy, made of soda lime glass. The hole in the center not only makes it an interesting piece, it’s also ergonomic for pouring. The one downside is that the shape makes it a little more difficult to clean. Dishwashing misses bits of the base, so it’s best to hand wash it with warm soapy water and a long brush.
Wine Enthusiast Treble Wine Decanter: $100
Finally, no decanter list would be complete without this beauty from Wine Enthusiast. The treble wine decanter is not only a wonderful vessel for aerating wine, but it’s also a work of art. It looks delicate, but it is sturdy enough to use routinely. You’ll discover there’s function in every bit of its beautiful form, too, from the tail to its pour spout. This decanter will be the talk of every wine tasting and gathering. It makes an amazing gift for birthdays and anniversaries, as well.