Ask the Winemaker - Why do you top up the wine barrels?

Ask the Winemaker - Why do you top up the wine barrels?

Q: Why do you top up the wine barrels?

A: If you ever find me climbing around the barrel racks in the cellar with a pitcher of wine in hand, you're probably catching me topping up the wine barrels. It's a pretty simple procedure. You basically fill each barrel to the top with wine. We do this to eliminate headspace in the barrels, which limits oxygen contact to the wine, which keeps the wine in the barrels nice and tasty through the aging process and inhibits any microbial growth that need oxygen to multiply.

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