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November 2001
Australian Innovations in Oak
Significant Economy With Stakvats
by Caroline Gilby
Reprinted with permission of Oak barrels were first generally used for wine around the second century CE. Today oak is a major expense and a potential quality problem for producers throughout the world. Australia is reported to be the third largest market in the world for new oak barrels, but with French oak barrels costing up to A$1200 (US$630) including shipping, this is a significant cost. One source estimates that less than 5 percent of the Australian crop goes into barre...
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