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November 2004
2004 Barrel Report:
Medium and Large Wineries Increase Use of Barrel Alternatives and American Oak, Small Wineries Continue to Favor French Barrels
by Wendy Lindroos
Wine Business Monthly's 2004 Barrel Survey confirms some interesting trends in barrel use, including that the percentage of wine production that will be aged in oak barrels will decline in the years to come, giving way to the growing popularity and affordability of oak alternatives. Findings also indicate a gradual move away from pricier French oak barrels toward American oak barrels. Survey results also reveal a wine industry that seems to be divided three ways based on varying business practic...
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