Vadai New Hungarian Oak Barrel - 120 L (31.7 gal.)

Vadai New Hungarian Oak Barrel - 120 L (31.7 gal.)

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MoreWine! and MoreBeer! are proud to present quality Hungarian oak barrels from Vadai. Made from the same tight-grained, Quercus Peterea/Sessile oak as found in the French forests of Nevers and Alliers, Hungarian oak has long been sought out by winemakers for its ability to bring weight and minerality to a wine while highlighting the original fruit!

Please Note: We have found that these barrels can be up to 10% larger than their stated volume. Please be aware of this when purchasing a barrel and planning to have topping wine.


  • The wood:
    Sourced from the steep, rocky hillsides of the renowned Zemplen forest, the trees grow in a unique soil with a high mineral content. The wood used for Vadai's barrels is selected from 100 year-old trees that are air-dried for three years before being crafted into barrels.
  • The results:
    The finished barrels have a high perceived-vanillin content along with bittersweet chocolate, subtle black pepper, roasted coffee, and leather notes. They gently structure the wine in a restrained and elegant way that never steps on the fruit (a quality that makes the Vadai barrels ideally suited for smaller sized lots where overpowering the wine might be a concern).
  • The bottom line:
    You get a fantastic barrel at great price!


Note: Hungarian barrels have a slightly different shape than French or American barrels. Referred to as gonczi ("goon-see"), a traditional Hungarian barrel is round and squat with a shorter over-all length (as opposed to being drawn-out and oval like their French and American counterparts). This is important to keep in mind when organizing your cellar (stacking barrels, etc.). We recommend cutting your own wooden chocks to keep the barrels in place and raised off the floor during ageing/storage (hardwoods, like oak, are preferred because they are natually more resisant to bacteria and TCA development).

Approximate Dimensions: Head diameter 20.5", Belly Diameter 23.5", Height 25.5". Bung diameter 1 3/4"

These are Medium Toast barrels.

Click here for a PDF of the MoreWine Manual on proper care and storage of oak barrels.

Drop Ship: This product will ship directly from the supplier. Blichmann products are delivered in under a week, while other vendors can take 1-3 weeks for delivery.
Shipping Limitation: This item does not qualify for free shipping.
Item # WE484
Weight 70 LBS
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Great Barrels - Great Service
I have been making wine for 10 years, and have hydrated barrels both new and existing, each year. The one barrel is a tiny bit leaky at the first introduction to water and the other is not leaky at all. My experience with some new barrels has been to continue to refill for days or weeks until they swell shut. These barrels smell yummy.
They also arrived within 10 days. I was sweating it because I crushed this past Sunday. I didn't think I was going to have time to successfully hydrate.
So far, so good!
If anything changes ... I will update this review.
I also wanted to say that the woman who answers the phone at Vadai is absolutely lovely to speak with. So helpful and sincere.
October 16, 2019
Avoid Vadai barrels
Vadai doesn’t make barrels as they used to years ago. I’ve purchased 6 and the last 2 have been nothing but issues with leaks. Construction quality is poor. I would avoid Vadai barrels unless you want to deal with a headache.
September 23, 2019
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We are sorry about your experience. We try very hard to create the best experience for our customers and provide quality products. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us and our supplying partners improve our products. Cheers!
May 24, 2020
Malcolm MB
Took 3 weeks of work to get the barrel to seal!
I followed the sealing instructions from Vadai, and there were multiple leaks on both heads. There were notches that had been filled with a soft filler, and the water would seep through and under the filler. It took about 25 iterations of pumping out the sealing water, drying the leaks, driving in toothpicks, cutting and sanding them flush, applying and drying beeswax, pumping water back in, and waiting 24 hours for the next set of leaks to appear. Not recommended.
November 13, 2018
Response from MoreFlavor
Hey so sorry about your experience. Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. We try very hard to create the best experience for our customers and provide quality products. Please give us a call at 1-800-600-0033 or email us at info@moreflavor.com so that we can assist you. We are here to help. Cheers!
May 29, 2020
Malcolm MB