History

Wine Barrel Staves

CELEBRATING FIFTY YEARS — 1963-2013

Kelvin Cooperage has been family run since it was founded in 1963. Having completed his five-year apprenticeship in the craft of coopering, Ed McLaughlin started his own cooperage on the banks of the River Kelvin in Glasgow. Kelvin has served the major distilleries in Scotland, Ireland, and worldwide continuously since its formation.

In 1991, Kelvin relocated to Louisville, Kentucky in order to take advantage of Louisville’s proximity to Bourbon country and to the supply of the finest American oak for wine barrel production. Kelvin now supplies wine barrels to leading wineries throughout the United States and in Australia.

Ed’s eldest son, Kevin, who also served his apprenticeship in Scotland, runs Kelvin’s modern plant in Louisville. In 2001, Kevin’s younger brother, Paul, joined the cooperage to focus solely on providing service to Kelvin’s growing wine barrel clientele.

To best meet our clients’ needs, we constantly strive to obtain the best oak and utilize the most current machinery while remaining true to time-tested traditional cooperage techniques. Our dedication to maintaining the highest level of quality and service is evident in the care taken at every step of the coopering process to ensure that every winemaker receives a highly crafted, subtly flavored, American oak wine barrel at an exceptional value.