Wine Barrels

American Oak Barrels

Coopered in Louisville, Kentucky

We are committed to working with winemakers to deliver exactly the barrel you want. This commitment is evident in our attention to detail. We are always interested in trying new techniques or materials at winemakers’ requests. We are also always interested in receiving feedback on our barrels’ performance.

Julian Shoot 12-07 014 Julian Shoot 12-07 010We select the finest, tight-grain, slow growth American oak (Quercus Alba) from Central Kentucky, Southwest Kentucky and Minnesota. The oak is air-dried in Kentucky for at least two years and exposed to both winter and summer weather. Our barrels are bent and toasted over oak fires to customers’ specifications using traditional methods. Our slow toast penetrates deeply without blistering or scorching allowing the barrel to impart subtle oak overtones.

The heads are assembled using wooden dowels in the old Cognac style. Barrels are available with or without toasted heads. Six galvanized hoops are fitted to maintain maximum structural integrity. Consistent with our commitment to quality, rigorous quality control inspections are conducted at every step of the process from wood selection to air and water testing of the finished barrel.

For questions regarding the care and maintenance of your Kelvin barrels, please contact us at or click here to find barrel maintenance information.
Hogshead, Burgundy, Bordeaux

Metric Specs BORDEAUX BURGUNDY 200 Litre 265 Litre HOGSHEAD 114 Litre
Volume 225 litres 228 litres 200 Litres 265 litres 300 litres 95 litres
Height 93.35 cm 88.9 cm 87.6 cm 93.35 cm 99.6 cm 73.6 cm
Bilge Circumference 215.9 cm 219.7 cm 201.9 cm 229.8 cm 236.2 cm 158 cm
Head Thickness 2.54 cm 2.54 cm 2.54 cm 2.54 cm 2.54 cm 2.54 cm
Stave Thickness 2.54 cm 2.54 cm 2.54 cm 2.54 cm 2.54 cm 2.54 cm
Bunghole Diameter 5.4 cm 5.4 cm 5.1 cm 5.4 cm 5.4 cm 3.8 cm
U.S. Specs BORDEAUX BURGUNDY 53 Gallon BDX Plus 265 HOGSHEAD 25 Gallon
Volume 59 gallons 60 gallons 53 gallons 70 gallons 80 gallons 25 gallons
Height 36.75 in 35 in 34.5 in 36.75 in 39.25 in 29 in
Bilge Circumference 85 in 86.5 in 79.5 in 90.5 in 93 in 62.25 in
Head Thickness 1 in 1 in 1 in 1 in 1 in 1 in
Stave Thickness 1 in 1 in 1 in 1 in 1 in 1 in
Bunghole Diameter 2.125 in 2.125 in 2 in 2.125 in 2.125 in 1.5 in

**As with all hand-crafted items, please expect some slight variances in these dimensions.