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May 2013
Barrel Leasing Offers Financial Advantages to Wineries
Leasing converts a large capital expenditure into a modest monthly expense.
by Paul Franson
Barrels occupy an unusual place in winemaking. Though they’re equipment for storing wine, they’re also an ingredient in winemaking. In addition to providing subtle micro-oxygenation, they also contribute flavors from the polyphenols that wine leaches from their inside surfaces. In addition, unlike other equipment used in winemaking, barrels have a short life. While stainless-steel tanks and presses can be used for decades, most boutique wineries use barrels only a few years, though ...
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