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April 2008
Fermenting Wine in Cement Tanks
Users cite excellent temperature retention, ease of handling and ability to breathe among the attributes of cement tanks.
by John Intardonato
Alan Viader, of Viader Winery in Deer Park, Napa Valley, is drawing samples of his 2007 Petit Verdot, which was fermented and aged in this 7-foot upright cement egg. It holds approximately 150 gallons. Photos by John Intardonato. Sometimes in the wine world, changes that seem new can also be very old, perhaps almost as old as dirt. The Romans, for instance,...
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