Artisan Barrels is the exclusive US Representative for Tonnellerie Rousseau of Burgundy and Artisan Barrels Selection of France & Hungary; and also the exclusive US Representative of concrete tank manufacturer Nomblot of Burgundy and stainless steel tanks manufacturer Lejeune of Bordeaux.
We specialize in providing North American wineries with premium oak barrels, tanks, casks, puncheons, small barrels hand-crafted in France, Hungary, and the US by Artisan coopers; and with boutique concrete and stainless steel tank manufacturers in France. We strive to offer personalized service to winemakers through one-on-one barrel tasting, evaluation and consultation. All of our barrels are guaranteed for one year and our local coopers perform repairs and maintenance tasks in a timely manner. Our concrete tanks are guaranteed for five years (2 years on fittings), and our stainless steel tanks are guaranteed for 2 years.
Emphasizing service and a dedication to better wine ageing, Artisan Barrels strives to provide the highest quality oak, concrete and stainless steel tanks, and fine oak barrels: all reflecting an “artisanal” philosophy and approach.
Prior to running Artisan Barrels & Tanks’ owner, Jerome Aubin , set up and managed the American subsidiary of a major French cooperage from the Cognac Region of France; there he learned in France and in California the barrel trade from coopers and winemakers. His formal training includes a Bachelor of Arts in International Trade from the "Ecole Supérieure de Gestion" in Paris, France and a Master of Strategic Management for Medium-sized Firms from the University of Reimgin in the region of Champagne, France
To further his education in winemaking and viticulture, he attended several classes at Santa Rosa Junior College and took part on several crushes in Napa and Sonoma with winemakers and consultants. Since 2001 he has been producing his own label, Verve Wines making at various times Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from cool climate vineyards of California and the Pacific Northwest (Russian River, Sonoma Coast, and Willamette Valley). For further information please visit Aubin Cellars’ website: www.aubincellars.com.
Jerome Aubin's main duties are general management and business development but he also looks after an existing pool of key clients in the wine producing regions of Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Oregon and Southern California.
Artisan Barrels & Tanks, Inc. also includes three employees to help with the growth of the sales agency:
- Gerhard Ziemer, with a Ph.D in English and Critical Theory has been our Regional Sales Manager since 2007 with the goal to develop the overall North American barrel and tank market. He gained experience in barrels and wine as a Regional Sales Manager for winemakers, equipment importers, distributors, and as a retail wine buyer and restaurant wine consultant. He will individually focus on the following territories: California’s Bay Area, Central Coast and Sierra Foothills, Washington State and British Columbia, and the US and Canadian East Coast; and will also be active with Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and Oregon.
- Tina Milliken our office manager is responsible for running our Oakland office and all facets of the business including accounting, barrels sales support, and wine sales.
- Nicole Merciari our logistics manager also assists with barrels sales support and marketing. She works very closely with Tina Milliken in our Oakland Hills office.