An example of how barrels arrive with us. This one had been left outside for around 4 months and had shed a hoop.
We Don’t Just Hire Barrels, We Care For Them Too!
Wooden barrels are like any other wood item, if you don’t care for them they will degrade and eventually fall apart.
The wooden barrel has a mystique all of its own, coopering is the age old art of barrel making, which has changed little over nearly 2,000 years SEE HISTORY HERE.
We are very often asked how our high quality A1 barrels always look clean and smart as new?
It's no secret really, every 6 weeks our Cooper thoroughly cleans, fettles, trues and salts our barrels to ensure they are in A1 condition. In order to achieve this highest standard of quality a lot of the work must still be done by a highly skilled person called a Cooper.
We continue to use traditional skills, re-purposing genuine French Oak barrels and if the barrel is not saveable, we remove and re-use the staves heads & hoops. All of these recycled materials have a history from a previous life and therefore a story to tell which lives on in the products we make from them.
So if you have a barrel that is less than at its best, we will collect it, restore it and deliver it back to you for many more years of service!
A common problem, shoe marks on the head of a barrel and dented hoop, with careful cleaning and some truing the barrel head is good as new and the brand is still in tact.
Another common repair, a close encounter!
Teffont Wines consistently delivers outstanding value and service