Barrel Maintenance

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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barrels are an important investment for a winery, in terms of both their cost and their precious contents. The contents of a barrel may well have a wholesale value of thousands of dollars, while new barrels cost £190 to £625 (US$300 to US$1,000) each, depending on quality and origin. The preparation of new barrels and the maintenance of used ones is therefore an important activity for winemakers, and can play a part in determining wood influence.

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