World’s largest wine barrel made in Languedoc-Roussillon

15th February, 2016
The world’s largest wine barrel has been made in the Southern France region of Languedoc-Roussillon, capable of holding around 300,000 litres of wine. Made for the Saint-Drezery wine estate Chateau Puech Haut, the barrel is twelve metres long, six metres in diameter and weighs forty tonnes.

Crafted by local carpenter Noussyet, the barrel’s structure is made of 37 tonnes of oak. The barrel will be displayed outside the winery for all to see, and although it can hold hundreds of thousands of litres of wine, it will not be used for that purpose. Instead, estate owner Gerard Bru plans to use it for events and perhaps even use it as a wine shop. This is not the first time Chateau Puech Haut has showcased an eye-catching wine barrel; it is in fact well-known for its barrel-related art, with Bru inviting several local artists to decorate and add their own touch to normal-sized barrels which would otherwise be stored in the cellar. Many of these have since gone on to be displayed at art galleries around the world.

The new barrel crafted for Chateau Puech Haut beats the previous record set by Eugene Mercier of the Champagne region, who gained a reputation for bringing huge wine barrels to the Paris Exhibitions, his largest cask, built in 1885, being able to hold around 200,000 litres of wine. Unlike the current example, this barrel was used to store wine, and was only filled completely once due to an enormous wine harvest in 1887. Today, the barrel can be seen on display at Mercier’s winery in Epernay.

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