In April 2011, a new cooperage was opened at Fanagoria Estate Winery. The facility will be engaged in production of wine and brandy barrels and barriques (225 to 600 l) from Caucasian oak according to the European quality standards.
Every month, about 300 barrels will be made, half of which will be sold to other wineries and brandy distilleries.
Owing to extraction of the oak wood components, barrel ageing is known to ensure constancy of physico-chemical and biochemical processes required for wine perfection. Thus, a wooden barrel is an ideal system for wine seasoning.
The oaked wine bouquet is a complex mix of hundreds of compounds of different chemical classes, many of which considerably differ from one another in chemical buildup, concentration and degree of influence upon the wine’s flavour and taste.
• Own forest plots in the forestries
of the foothills of the North Caucasus, Krasnodar region
• Lumbering of oak and concomitant
(pine, beech) timber, quality control of the felled trees aged 80 to 120 years
• Production of high-quality split
and sawn staves from tight (dense) oak wood
• Natural open-air stave
seasoning/drying for up to 2 years
• Manufacture of brandy and wine casks
from 10 to 600 l, differently toasted to meet customer's demand
• Production of wine and brandy
staves and chips
• Production of staves for 1.5 to 20
ton oak vats