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What is the most common barrel size used for making wine for a medium-to-large sized production winery?


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The most common barrels for making wine are the Bordeaux style barrel which hold 59 US gal (225 liters) followed by the Burgundy style barrel which hold 60 US gal (228 liters).

Oct 3, 2013

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Noah Steingraeber from Rocky Mountain Barrel Company

The above responses are correct. We predominantly supply 59 US gal (225L) barrels to most producers. We source 225L-600L puncheons for a lot of our clients. 

Aug 17, 2014

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Bruce Felix from Pacific Winemaking llc

Typically oak barrel sizes are chosen by the varietal being made. Bordeaux varietals (merlot, cab sac. etc) use Bordeaux barrels (225L). Burgundy varietals (pinot noir etc) use Burgundy barrels (228L). Larger format barrels are also used for many varieties to limit the oxygen uptake and decrease the oak impact to the wine. The most polar of these are Hogs heads (300L) and Puncheons (500L)

Nov 20, 2013

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Joe Lutomske from ENOTOOLS

We sell more (Bordeaux) 225 liter than 228 liter (Burgundy) to wineries. 
That said, larger barrels are sometimes used to lessen the oak/ wine ratio. 

May 2, 2016

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Frank Arrieta from Thin Air Distillation Llc

With distilled spirits, the smaller the barrel the faster the maturation process. The smaller the barrel the higher the liquid to wood surface contact so things happen faster in small barrels.  Wood flavoring and true maturation are not the same things for distilled spirits

Dec 13, 2015

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