ZHONGRU 05-10-2016

Concrete Wine Fermentation Tanks Make Great Wine


Stainless steel wine barrels are preferred over conventional wooden barrels for wine storage, courtesy of the benefits of durability and cost effectiveness offered by them. The key to the quality of service offered by stainless steel barrels lies in the stability of their chemical and physical characteristics.

Stainless steel wine barrels are now getting increasingly popular with wineries as the medium for wine storage. They have proven themselves to be clean and hygienic, apart from offering the benefits of durability and cost-effectiveness. They boast stable chemical and physical characteristics, which make them a better option over conventional wooden barrels.

Before stainless steel barrels came into the picture, oak barrels were considered to be the preferred medium for the storage of premium wines. However, storing wine in oak barrels has a negative effect on the taste and aroma of the wine. Naturally, this forced wineries to start looking for better alternatives which would not lead to this problem. Eventually, they spotted stainless steel barrels as the alternative that could help them in this regard.

There are about 17 wineries in Napa and Sonoma that are currently using concrete fermentation tanks. Concrete tanks have been around Napa for more than 50 years. But until about 5 years ago modern tanks came from France. Some big name winemakers and winery owners have stepped forward in the last 8 years to really promote the benefits of concrete tanks. Today, concrete fermentation tanks made in the U.S. have been sold in Georgia, Washington,Oregon and New York and internationally in New Zealand. There are approximately 40 wineries in the US using concrete tanks. Notably, a winery in Napa received a 98 point award for one of their wines fermented using concrete tanks.Click for more information.