Oak barrels have been used by winemakers for years to enhance sweetness, improve the aromatic profile and assist with colour stabilisation in wine. Oak barrels are still considered one of the superior methods when it comes to treating wines. Unfortunately, oak barrels come with many challenges for winemakers, including cost, storage space, ease of use and the risk of microbiological contamination.
These challenges have lead to winemakers opting for oak barrel alternatives. Laffort provides a variety of different oak alternatives, offering a suitable substitute for all wine styles and vinification phases—including fermentation and maturation.