Wine: Roll out the barrels, once more with feeling

The craftsmanship that goes into barrel-making is as annually cyclical as winemaking itself

Cooperage: it is often said that the tree is the second plant in the making of great wine

How wine has been transported down the centuries is a subject of enduring fascination. Indeed, the shift from clay pots and amphorae as a means of transportation, to more robust wooden barrels is something we touched upon about a month ago in the column.

The Romans embraced the wooden barrel and suddenly could deliver wine, not just to great ports but also to cities and merchants further along roads.

The wooden barrel could be hoisted out of ...