Julia and I recently had the opportunity to tour Tonnellerie Ô, a new cooperage in Benicia – field trip! It was quite cool to see the high level of automation alongside the craftsmanship and personal attention the coopers give each barrel during assembly. Particularly impressive was the circular brick toasting room anchoring the main production floor where the barrels are rolled in and out under the watchful eyes and noses of the coopers. It’s invaluable to be able to see behind-the-scenes when it comes to some of our most expensive and nuanced winemaking tools!
Hopefully I’ll land that trip to Portugal to see a cork factory next!