Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Vino Vessel Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Vino Vessel, Inc., celebrates 10 year anniversary by revamping their logo!

Friday, February 3, 2017

The only Concrete Tank Manufacturer to offer "Custom Tanks"

Did you know that Vino Vessel, Inc. is the only Concrete Wine Tank Manufacturer to offer
Custom Tanks? You can design them from shape to size. Put your creative skills to the drawing board. Below are 9 custom tanks hand crafted by Epoch Estates in Paso Robles, Ca.

Contact us today for pre-harvest sale incentives up to 10%. Sale for the month of February only.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Concrete Post Press

Throughout California, low yields defined the 2015 vintage. Vines concentrated ripening energy on a few small clusters each. Intense wines will surely result. Tiny grapes translate to higher skin-to-juice ratio, more tannin.

In short, 2015 presents the opportunity to create blockbuster wines, but to do so, the juice must be handled delicately. With potential for such strength, the wines’ profile might be dominated by robust, simplistic primary fruit flavors. When young, many wines will pack boxy, rough finishes.
In order to adapt, we are trying a new technique in the winery to make sure the wines hit the potential the 2015 vintage presents.
This year, instead of immediately putting red wine into barrels, we allowed the wine to rest in unsealed concrete fermenters for two weeks after pressing. The pores of the concrete and the air exposure allow the wine to oxidize for this brief period.
These two weeks give the wine a chance to unfurl rather than show tightness. With a little bit of air, the naturally reductive Syrahs should be approachable upon release.
This added stage prior to barreling also grants the team a chance to rack the wine, leaving particles that settle to the bottom of the concrete tanks behind. Only finer lees will be left in the wine to settle out over the next 18 months until bottling.
I’m excited to see how our efforts to tame the 2015 monster will pay off in bottle.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

See you at the IQ Conference at Charles Krug Winery - March 4, 2015

We look forward to seeing you at the first Innovation + Quality Conference. (IQ) 2015 is a new forum for ultra-premium wineries focused on cutting-edge innovations that advance wine quality. This day-long event will take place March 4, 2015 at Charles Krug Winery in the Napa Valley. We will be located in booth 227 and will have our award winning vessel "the hippo" on display.
Sessions will be held in the Carriage House and in the newly restored Redwood Cellar Tasting Room and Hospitality Center. A tented area between these two historic buildings will feature product and technology demonstrations and exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in ultra-premium winemaking, grape growing, packaging and direct-to-consumer sales.

This event is produced by Wine Business Monthly. For tickets and more info please visit:


Thursday, November 6, 2014

It is not often that we have tanks on the floor for sale- ready for IMMEDIATE delivery and set up! However, we have two 560 gallon Cylinders (with legs) $9425! usd plus tax

The Hippo is known for being the most versatile
vessel in our line of concrete tanks!
One 270 gallon HIPPO for sale
$6550! usd plus tax

To have your new tank installed today, please contact

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Concrete revolution happening at Villa San-Juliette Winery

Concrete Wine Tanks

Concrete revolution happening at Villa San-Juliette Winery
Written by Scott Brennan, Paso Robles Daily News

According to Matt Ortman, not all fermenting vessels are created equal. In just his second year as winemaker at Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery, he had already purchased four concrete tanks because he believes that, for some wines, they’re ideal.

“Concrete accentuates a wine’s minerality, which we already have plenty of from our soils,” Ortman said. “It allows for a different texture than stainless steel or neutral oak – a softer acid profile, and, in red wines, fine-grained tannins.”

Villa San-Juliette is home to four concrete tanks: two cube-shaped tanks for red wines and two cone-shaped tanks for whites. Made locally by Vino Vessel, the only company of its kind in the United States, VSJ’s concrete tanks are not unique to the Central Coast, California, or the rest of the winemaking world.

In fact, concrete has been used to ferment wine in the Old World for centuries, and continues to hold wines as legendary as Bordeaux’s Chateau Petrus, year after year. But it wasn’t until Vino Vessel came along that American producers could buy concrete tanks without paying exorbitant overseas shipping rates. Today, concrete tanks are increasingly common in wineries across the state and the nation.
The appeal of concrete as a fermenter is two-fold: the beneficial characteristics imparted to wine when it spends time against unsealed concrete, and the way high thermal mass promotes slow temperature change and stabilization.

“These tanks have really thick walls,” said Ortman, “which means excellent temperature control. The early stage of the ferment takes a long time, and as the yeast builds in population, the strongest ones finish last and the ferment cools, but the heat left in the concrete helps keep the yeast happy. Nothing happens too quickly in concrete, which is good for stabilizing the wine.”

Factors that influence a finished wine include the tank’s shape (Ortman uses cones and cubes) and its porousness. With slight aeration from tiny air sacs in the concrete, wines are able to breathe and soften as they do in oak, without taking on any of an oak barrel’s qualities. And, though these hefty vessels also come with a hefty price tag, concrete is, in fact, more affordable per gallon than new oak barrels as it’s more labor-and space-efficient, and more durable.

In the midst of this year’s harvest, the tanks are holding plenty of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, but for their first vintage in 2013, Ortman designated VSJ’s new concrete tanks for AlbariƱo, Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, and Petite Verdot, whose tannins, he said, were complemented by concrete fermentation. “There is an appealing chalkiness to the Petite Verdot’s tannins, a wet rock gravely-ness that comes from time in the concrete. Again, it’s taking something already present in the wines – our wines show dry tannins due to weak soils – and refining them to be more fine-grained through the use of concrete.”