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Facts about Wine Barrels

by Jianni Geras June 17, 2016

Facts about Wine Barrels

Wine Barrels in most cases have an extremely short life span. The majority of them sometimes only 1-2 years, once the winemaker has completed the winemaking process of that particular wine, which means they are still in good shape to be used for alternative purposes when they reach ‘retirement’.

Alternative uses can be found for these ‘expired’ wine barrels such as:

  •  Being sold to companies or people who will manufacture furniture
  •  Donated to non-profilt organisations for skills development and product creation OR

  •  Sold to other wine estates or even whiskey houses to continue being used for maturation

Here at Vinwood we manufacture solid wood designer furniture from oak, reclaimed from used wine barrels, casks and tanks from the Western Cape Wine region of South Africa. We extend the life of this heritage oak into fine furniture, preserving its unique character and history through carefully crafted classic and contemporary designs to be enjoyed now, and for generations to come.





Jianni Geras
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