Grape wine has been produced for at least 4,000 years, having been aged, stored and transported in every conceivable type of vessel. Its seductiveness has been enhanced by this packaging: primarily three strikingly different containers – amphorae, wooden barrels and glass bottles.
Henry H. Work brings extensive wine experience as a cooper, working with wine barrels and living in California’s Napa Valley to provide a richly detailed and vivid account of wine containers through the ages. This book delves into the history, evolution, and present use of containers, vessels, and stoppers; from animal skin sacks to barrels, from glass bottles to upstart packaging such as wine casks, and even aluminium cans. It considers the advantages and weaknesses of their construction, designs and labels, methods of shipment and storage, as well as their impact on marketing wine to customers.
This is an enlightening and innovative read which draws on the most current archaeological research, scientific data and wine business trends. It is richly peppered throughout with the author’s own visits to many of the locations explored in the book, bringing history to life. This book will appeal to individuals within the wine industry, undergraduates in the fields of history, archaeology, food and hospitality, as well as all people interested in wine.
Table of Contents
1. Animal Hide Sacks and Early Ceramic Pots and Jugs 2. Amphorae 3. Wooden Barrels: Origins to 1500 CE 4. Wooden Barrels: from 1500 CE to Current Times 5. Glass Bottles and Other Glass Vessels 6. Large Fermenting and Storage Vessels for Wine 7. Alternative Packaging: Bag-in-box, Plastic Bottles and Aluminium Cans 8. Wine Container Stoppers and Closures 9. Labels for Wine Containers 10. Moving Wine Around the World 11. Wine Packaging Sustainability: Recycling and Waste
Henry H. Work has been involved in the wine industry for over 40 years. He has previously published Wood, Whiskey and Wine: A History of Barrels (2014) which explored his profession and passion for the wine industry. His research interests are in amphorae, wooden barrels, glass bottles and the world of wine.