We designed and import Italian made Terracotta Amphorae for wine or beer fermentation and aging in sizes:
80gallons, 105gal, 132gal, 185gal. and 210gal. capacities.
Since 2013 ITek's team has experienced first hand the fermenting and aging process of many delicious wines and beers made in terracotta from Calfornia, Oregon, Washington State, British Columbia with over 20 grape varietals and the list grows every year. Additionally, we hold an yearly wine tasting event with wines made in these vessels so all our clients can benefit learning from one another's experience. (We held the last tasting on November 17th). We will be glad to share with you our reference list or even send you a bottle from one of our clients.
The centuries-old world renowned Impruneta clay has a unique blend of natural ingredients found exclusively in this region of Italy. It has a long history of use in the preservation of wine since the Etruscan civilization around 7th century BC. Later on, the Romans abundantly used amphorae for the fermentation and preservation of wine, as can be seen today in the remains of Pompei.
The Terracotta is a neutral vessel with similar characteristics of concrete tanks because it allows macro-oxygenation, but it goes further as its much more natural and allows the fruit to express its full potential better than any other material for the following reasons:
1- It's primarely made of minerals similar to those in a vineyard soil so the grapevine roots have been feeding on those elements their whole life. Now the grapes feel just like at home during fermentation and aging. The Amphora will exalt your wine's mineral and earthy tones.
2 - It allows for natural micro-oxygenation due to the porosity of the walls.
3- It has an extraordinary thermal insulation capacity that will keep cool whats in it by evaporating excess heat. The fermentation will be slightly slower than you may be used to in other materials, steady and without heat spikes.