Introduction: Open a Wine Bottle in the Wilderness

Stuck in the desert with a bottle of wine and no wine opener? Problem solved!

Step 1: Materials

  • A Knife
  • Wine Bottle

Step 2: The Knife Method

This method will work on bottles that have rubber stoppers.

Insert the blade as far as you can into the stopper.

Turn the knife. At the same time, very slowly pull upwards.

You want to make about two full rotations for every quarter inch/five millimeters you pull out.

Once the cork is out far enough to do so, pull it by hand.

Step 3: Celebrate!

In any way you see fit.



"The Screw Method" - Find two screws and work them into the cork. Use pliers to grip the screws and pull the cork out.


Skunkworx made it! (author)2012-08-03

Someday I'll post how to open a bottle of wine with a toothbrush. A handy little technique I learned during my time as a wandering vagrant. :)

GuyAtticus made it! (author)2011-03-01

Be resourceful! It used to be that when you wanted a glass of wine, you had very few possibilities. Now, shopping for the best fine wine means sorting through every little thing from a $3 box of generic wine to an expensive "natural" wine. Sorting through the vocabulary on a bottle is the first step to purchasing the right wine.

berky93 made it! (author)2009-11-14

my pocket knife has a corkscrew...with a little screwdriver screwed into it (useful!)

but another method I found to open a wine bottle without a corkscrew is to repeatedly hit the bottom with the flat part of your shoe (also known as the sole) until the pressure causes the cork to pop out.

rainbowlory made it! (author)rainbowlory2011-01-06

i seen someone open a bottle of wine by hitting the bottom of the bottle on the side of building i'm sure it was wood and after 15 to 20 strikes the cork popped out

berky93 made it! (author)berky932011-01-06

I've also seen people open a wine bottle with string and most people have string with them when camping so that's an option too

sodiumcanine made it! (author)2009-10-08


 had to look this up online in my tent with aircard!

 Cool Coyote Picture

Derin made it! (author)2008-07-13

hmm... I wanna go to the wilderness! altoids survival kit-check some food-check tinder-check Hey....What if I add some stuff to be comfortable? 50cal-check cellphone-check grocery store-check iPod-check house-check the whole city-check

Full Frontal Graphic made it! (author)2008-03-27

It might be argued that if there is a tinker with a bottle of wine in it, then it is not a wilderness . That's more like a burgeoning civilization.

thematthatter made it! (author)2007-07-20

this is 2007, why still buy bottles with corks? isnt a box easier to open? :) FYI pic for step 2 shows dangerous knife use, after your 3rd bottle of wine the knife can slip and cut your fingers.

TheMadScientist made it! (author)TheMadScientist2007-08-27

yeah really, I worship the inventor of boxed wine, and its many uses, such as blocking off a person's door!

killerjackalope made it! (author)killerjackalope2008-03-11

i must wreak revenge upon him though, sadly he has made the worlds ultimate weapon, you feel like the box is really a bottle but it's bigger, then you drink as many boxes as bottles, stand up and quickly return to where you were sitting/floor

crazypyro made it! (author)2007-11-22

you can use the energy of the water to get the cork out by bumping the base against a tree

attilathepun made it! (author)2007-11-01

another way, that I thought this would be: get a wooden spoon, or any rod-like tool (thin handle of a butter knife) and just ram it down into the cork until its free floating in the wine. This works in real cork wines too with rarely any cork breaking off the main piece, which harmlessly floats (quite romantically).

!Andrew_Modder! made it! (author)2007-07-19

In the wilderness everyone who has wine would DEFIANTLY have a pocket knife so, you can use your pocket knife cork screw, ahh ahh?

gnose made it! (author)gnose2007-09-11

Yes. For you see, a pocket knife carried in the wilderness is the epitome of defiance. Well, if I was in this scenario I'd probably push the cork into the bottle. When you tip it on its side/upside down, the cork floats away from the mouth. :)

Possum Living made it! (author)Possum Living2007-07-27

Yep, I defiantly carry a pocketknife everywhere I go!

i make shooting things made it! (author)2007-07-19

if ur in the wilderness why would you wana lug around a wine bottle?

Weissensteinburg made it! (author)2007-07-19

Gah, why didn't I have this when I was stranded in the Sahara last weekend? I had to break the bottle open against a cactus, but then all the wine spilled. Question..couldn't you just have the elephant open it with his tusks?

Aestheticxtattoos made it! (author)2007-07-19

just poke it inwards with a tree branch.

JakeTobak made it! (author)2007-07-19

There's nothing really "wild" about these methods. When I read that it was a way to open a wine bottle in the wilderness, I thought maybe you had a way to open them with stones/sticks/rivers or something like that. Also, I can't imagine finding screws and pliers in the wilderness (although I'm not that into the "outside") Maybe a better title would be, "How to make an improvised cork screw"

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