Artisan Barrels & Tanks is very excited to include the newest addition to their portfolio, Biopythos. This small company out of Limoges, France crafts beautiful winemaking jars in both stoneware and porcelain. Limoges has a rich history of crafting high-quality porcelain, and Biopythos keeps this tradition alive with their line of winemaking vessels.
The stoneware and porcelain vessels come in various sizes and shapes, ranging from 3 L eggs to 550 L eggs, and 120 L jars to 500 L jars, please see below for tech sheets of their various offerings. The eggs will offer much more convection movement in the wine, and give an effect similar to battonage due to the stirring of lies. Stoneware is less porous than Terra Cotta, and offers a winemaking vessel with similar thermal kinetics to amphorae, but with less oxidation, creating tighter, more focused wines. The stoneware is completely inert, allowing the purity of the fruit to shine through on the finished wines.
Porcelain is even less porous than Stoneware, and helps shape wines with incredible precision and delicacy. This material is particularly suited for very delicate, fruit-forward whites, rosés, and reds. Porcelain is the least porous of our egg/amphorae offerings and allows for very slow oxidation and aging of the wine. This material mimics the tight preservation of fruit profile found with stainless tanks, but with a very slight porosity that helps the wine open and allows for movement within the wine as a result of the vessel’s shape.
Biopythos is also exploring new forming techniques by using their high-tech 3D printers to create unique forms from stoneware. This new technology allows for geometric shapes, previously unachievable with traditional ceramic molds or pottery wheels. Please inquire with the team at Artisan barrels, to discuss custom designs and shapes of wine vessels.