Oak Aging

Age your wine in oak barrels

oak barrel aging

The Wine Bottega is pleased to offer its customers the ability to age their wine in oak barrels.

By using small barrels (23 litres) the oak flavors are quickly imparted to the wine. This is due to the relatively little amount of wine in direct contact with the larger amount of surface area inside the barrel walls.

Depending upon the type of oak used (i.e. American, French, Hungarian, etc.) and the type of wine being oaked, other flavors can be realized ranging from vanilla to coconut, or spices like nutmeg to cinnamon. Generally, only certain types of wines are oaked, and most of them are red wines like Merlots, Pinot Noir, Bordeaux, Chianti, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz just to name a few. White wines are typically limited to Chardonnay’s, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Fume Blanc.

Oak barrels also introduce oxygen into the wine at a very slow rate. The oxygen is an integral component to the aging of wine. The 2 week period in the barrel (after the initial 6 week process) is said to be equivalent to a one year aging period in a glass carboy container.

Also, be sure to ask us about Vin26 and the Wine Bottega’s Winery Experience for longer term barreling options.


barrel aging