The story of humanity is intertwined with oak.

 
 
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The ink with which Bach wrote his cantatas….the bread that fed millions in the ancient world, the first bridge, the boats that reached the new world and all boats after that for 800 years…the house, the door, the wagon, the barrel, the word, the saddle, the henge and the church…Oak is the root of almost everything we know…
— OAK, The Framework of Civilization by William Bryant Logan
 

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Terroir

 

Terroir is of great significance in winemaking. Equally, the terroir of a forest can hugely affect the characteristics of the oak that grow within its groves. Forests in the same regions can have different characteristics, and provide oak with different characters. The wisdom of the cooper begins with choosing the right oak, from the right forest to suit the intended wine.

Through the centuries we have gained more knowledge of the benefits oak provides wine.

 
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our ancestors experimented with many containers to keep wine fresh for longer, and to be able to transport it.

It was the Romans, like so many wisdoms in viticulture and winemaking, who adopted the use of oak barrels for the storage and transportation of wine. Through the centuries we have gained more knowledge of the benefits oak provides wine.  A natural antiseptic, it helps clarify and stabilize wine, adds tannins, improves its age-ability, texture and preserves the colour of red wines. Oak barrels provide added flavour and complexity to wine.