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Clay amphorae: The next big thing

Clay amphorae
Clay amphorae at Bodegas Castelo de Medina in Rueda, Spain.

How ubiquitous are clay amphorae as fermentation and maturation vessels set to become? On a cellar tour at Bodegas Castelo de Medina during my recent visit to Rueda, Spain, I noted half a dozen of them against the wall, their presence eliciting hardly any comment from our guide. Then a post this week on Facebook by Gabriëlskloof winemaker Peter-Allan Finlayson showing some of these vessels being installed at the Bot River cellar (see here). It seems concrete eggs are yesterday’s news…


  1. Or what about using the same clay as the the soil from the vineyard? Or at least from a nearby piece of land. Think Radio Lazarus …


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