A deep indentation found in the bottom of many wine bottles. The earliest origins of the punt are lost to us but punts are believed to be for strength of the bottom of the bottle (especially with sparkling wine) or in order to form a stable (non-rocking) bottom in the hand-blown bottles. Whatever the beginnings, a punt is unnecessary today and is used as a marketing tool. Modern glass technology allows bottles to be made that do not require a punt for strength or stability. Many consumers view wines in punt bottles to be of higher quality than those in bottles without punts.