Unusual Diy Wine Barrel Ring Ideas For Home Looks Amazing 25
Unusual Diy Wine Barrel Ring Ideas For Home Looks Amazing 25

20+ Unusual Diy Wine Barrel Ring Ideas For Home Looks Amazing

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Mostly German oak was used in Australia for barrels around the start of the century. From the 1920’s onward American oak found it’s way to Australia. Before WW II oak imported from Europe was known as ‘memel’ oak since it was shipped through the port of Memel, now known as Klaipeda in Lithuania. After WW II and Russian occupation, ‘memel’ oak was no longer available.

Also currency and import limitations made it difficult to source American oak. The 40’s and 50’s saw French oak used in Australia. Sold as Limousin oak, it was quartersawn instead of split and very porous. In France it was used for brandy production rather than wine. In the 60’s when we were to really starting to expand our wine making skills we started using more French oak.

With Eastern bloc countries opening up in the last ten years, we now see oak coming from Latvia, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Western Russia, Eastern Russia, Northern China, Poland, Croatia, the Ukraine and Hungary. Earlier in the century Hungary supplied poor grade quartersawn oak not generally suitable for high quality wine production.

Since the fall of the Communist governments, the Hungarians are the only suppliers who have developed the skills and infrastructure to supply cooperage grade oak. The Tokaj region in Hungary supplies some of the best oak. Light, rocky soils mean slow growth rates and fine grains.

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