Wine Barrels

Oak Barrels & Wine

Nothing adds character to wine quite like spending time in a barrel. Not only does it add flavor & aromas like vanilla, clove, smoke and even coconut depending on the type of oak. It also allows for the ingress of oxygen slowly over time. This makes the wine smoother and takes away astringency.

Wine Barrel Sizes

The size of the wine barrel will determine how long the wine should be stored in the barrel before it becomes over-oaked. The smaller the barrel the more surface area of wood is in contact with the total volume of wine within it. Below is a guide to help you from over-oaking your wines.

New 60 gallon wine barrel: 18-24 months

New 30 gallon wine barrel: 6-12 months

New 15 gallon wine barrel: 3-6 months

If you have any questions about aging wine or even beer in an oak barrel and any questions give us a call or email by clicking on the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of this page.

If you want to learn more about using oak in your wine, click here for our Oak Information Paper!