Acacia Wood Barrels

Acacia Wood Barrels

Sometimes something new is really not new at all but has just been discovered by a new group of people for the first time. That “something new” is Acacia wood for white wines. Acacia wood has been used in France and Spain for many years to add a new dimension to white wines and in the aging of the incredible sweet wines of Bordeaux, Loire Valley and Gaillac.

The Acacia wood used for barrels grows in the same forest in France where the great French oak trees grow. It is not to be confused with what we here in California call Acacia which is a completely different tree. It is calledBlack Locusthere.

Acacia wood gives white wines an incredible floral characteristic with added structural mouth feel. No oak flavors. Just the fruit with a floral nose and great mouth feel. Acacia is being used in the US on wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Chenin Blanc.

Not only does Acacia wood give your white wines a unique characteristic but it also gives you a great new marketing opportunity to sell something completely different at a time when everyone is looking for an advantage in the market.

Very few cooperages have the knowledge of how to find, age and toast Acacia wood.

This is definitely a barrel you should try. In light of the tastings I have done, I can assure you that you will be pleased the results.

Wine Made from Acacia Barrels

This beautiful Sauvignon Blanc from Quivira in Dry Creek Valley is a fine example on what acacia wood barrels can do for your wine:

SBCP11 Label Espen Jensen 2018