Barrel Types: Italy

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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The large botti, or older wooden casks, traditionally used in Italy are typically made from Slavonian oak and have varying but substantial capacities. The barrique is increasingly common, however, sometimes called a carato, while the small barrels traditionally used for vin santo are caratelli holding between 50 and 225 l/13-59 gal). Large wooden casks standing vertical rather than being laid horizontal may be called tini.