The Gentle Power of Terracotta

Tuscan Terracotta

Amphorae Wine Fermenters


Ancient civilizations used clay for preserving wine. Now you can re-discover Terracotta in its modern adaptation. This is the Amphora of 21st Century.

We designed and import Italian made Terracotta Amphorae for wine or beer fermentation and aging in sizes:
80 gallon, 132 gallon and 210 gallon capacity.

The modern day Amphora for winemaking is made by passionate hands using traditional techniques in Impruneta, Tuscany. We have modernized the classic design with the addition of a stainless steel top door with tri-clover fitting.

Please contact us to if you have any questions. We currently have a small stock available and started taking orders for the 2018 harvest.

"When did we start importing Amphorae?"
Manu and his family are from Siena (Tuscany) and have often visited the town of Impruneta to purchase Terracotta artifacts. Eventually it was natural for him to want to export the beautifully hand made Terracotta Amphorae. In 2013 he began distribution of Amphorae to wineries and breweries in North America.

"Why buy an Amphora from IPak?"
IPak'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.

"What is so special about this Terracotta?"
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.

"Grapes are born from the earth, then ferment and age in it again and the loop is closed." Josko Gravner

Each Amphora is a unique piece of Italian Art.
Have you thought that being a winemaker could also mean being an art collector?

Some useful links if you want to research winemaking and terracotta:
Chianti Classico
BK Wine
Leonetti Cellars-Walla Walla
Clesi Wines-San Luis Obispo
Zaca Mesa Winery-Santa Ynez
Laughing Stock Vineyards-Naramata

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