Champagne Glasses

The three most common types (shapes) of champagne glasses are the Tulip, Flute and Vintage (Coupe).

  • TULIP. a). The tulip-shaped glass is a commonly used glass for serving fine vintage champagne.
  • FLUTE. b). The champagne flute glass has similar design features like a thin wine glass and is generally used for new Champagne.
  • VINTAGE. c). The vintage, or (coupe) champagne saucer, is another type of champagne glass that was more commonly used in the past for vintage champagnes.


The champagne flute glass has similar design features to a thin wine glass. The flute consists of a long stem supported by a wide pedestal base that offers good support. Champagne flutes are a tall yet narrow glass that has a medium to long stem. Many of these glasses have a point at the bottom of the glass bowl to cause congregation of the carbonated bubbles, which then rise to the top of the glass. This will not only aid in capturing the flavor and aroma, of the champagne, but also provides for a more pleasing appearance. Champagne flutes are the most commonly used champagne steamware in restaurants.


Champagne tulips are very similar to the flute glasses, but features an inward curved rim. This type of glass also includes a wider bowl. The champagne tulip glass is recommended when consuming many of the finer french vintage champagnes. This is because the wider base will allow the flavors to be captured and therefore, preserves the taste.

Vintage, or Coupe

The vintage, or (coupe), also sometimes referred to as a champagne saucer, differs solely on the design of its bowl which is wide and short. Vintage champagne glasses, were very popular in the early 20th century, and are the oldest champagne class designs, although these have since been surpassed in popularity by the champagne flute glass. It is widely considered that the vintage champagne glass does not work especially well because they enable the aroma and carbonation to escape too easily. The vintage champagne glass is now more commonly used for decoration at certain events where they are stacked to form champagne fountains.

Holding your Champagne Glass

  1. Pinch the stem of the glass under the bowl, between your thumb and four fingers. …
  2. Never hold the bowl of the glass as you will warm the champagne and dirty the glass bowl.
  3. When you are not drinking, you may rest the champagne glass between your ring finger and four finger.
  4. If you are attending and greeting people at a reception, hold the champagne glass in your left hand, in order you may greet people with your right.
Holding the Champagne Glass.