We recently blogged about the best wine aerators for those who can’t wait for their red wines to breathe.
If you have patience and time, decanting has its rewards.
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
- 100% LEAD FREE CRYSTAL - Our hand blown lead-free crystal decanters add radiance to any room or kitchen with a modern yet elegant design. Impress your guests, amplify the ambiance and enhance the purity, aroma, and taste of your favorite red or white wine with our wine pourer. Great for a merlot, cabernet, pinot noir, port and other bottles of wine.
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
- 100% Hand Blown Lead-free Crystal Glass - Hand-blown out of 100% lead free glass, the Webeos's Wine Carafe is designed to hold a standard 1500ml bottle of wine at the widest point of the wine decanters.
U-shaped and swan-shaped decanters offer excellent surface area and 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
- Glassblowing artistry
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
- Give your Cabernet room to breathe in the machine-blown crystal Cabernet decanter.
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.
Sagaform Wine Carafe: $30
- Mouthblown glass carafe in the classic design features a solid oak stopper that fits perfectly on top and adds beauty to your bar or table
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
- This elegantly designed carafe aerates your wine in one easy step.
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
- IDEAL FOR GIFTING - The Treble Wine Decanter by Wine Enthusiast is crafted with an exceptional design that's modern yet sophisticated; making it the perfect way to indulge your favorite wine connoisseur.
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.