Destilerías Altosa and the Technological Institute of the Metal Industry of Castilla-La Mancha (ITECAM) unveiled this innovative container, which has just been on the market for a few months and of which they explained its technical properties and ecological advantages
The company Destilerías Altosa of Ciudad Real and the ITECAM unveiled, for the first time ever in Castilla-La Mancha, the French and American oak square barrel, which is patented by one of the group's companies that has its headquarters in Tomelloso. The square barrel can be technically likened to the typical round casks, yet with the additional ecological advantages of providing more space, ease of manipulation and piling capacity. All this took place during the chat that carried the title of "The Third Millennium Barrel".
The square barrel, or roc-cuve (reusable wood cask), has only been on the market for three months, but it has already awakened great expectation in those forums in which it has been presented. Hence the reason why the chat was fully dedicated to this innovative product. The Institute of the Metal Industry of Castilla-La Mancha (ITECAM) was in charge of explaining the technical part of this peculiar barrel, the same under the responsibility of its industrial technical engineer, Antonio Lara Plaza. "Both structural and safety studies have been carried out. Subsequently we have also executed the pertinent safety controls in order to ensure that it could be commercialized."
During the conference a comparative study with the traditional barrel was also made, using a series of different market studies. "With this type of barrel we can obtain a minimum of 40% more space, to the point that we may even reach 70%, which means that the average profiting of space stands at about 52%," Lara explained.
Another characteristic of the square barrel is that it can be manipulated with automatic systems and traditional systems, such as the typical forklift, which greatly facilitates moving the barrel from one space to another. Also, with the so-denominated 'third millennium barrel', the concept of piling changes, as the square barrel can be piled-up in pyramid fashion, "which means that we don't have to take the barrels apart, as is the case with traditional casks", the ITECAM's engineer continued.
Fenavin has served as the launching pad for this new project, as they have taken advantage of this incomparable setting dedicated to wine to spread the word on the properties of the square barrel.
In as far as the ecological advantages are concerned, Elías López Montero, argued that these barrels offer a greater surface of contact with the liquid, "therefore, flavor and ageing of the wine is enhanced in comparison with traditional barrels, which means that the wine stock can be moved much faster."
An engineer from the University of Segonzac (France) also participated in the chat, commenting on the results obtained in ageing of French cognac in round and square barrels.
Undoubtedly this represents a different type of wager that does not actually increase investment, as the cost is identical to that of the round barrel, with the added advantage that square barrels are recyclable, as the metallic structure can be maintained and only the staves of the barrel or wooden splats have to be changed.