We don’t need to give you a Reisling to purchase this custom made wine barrel head, because we know you already want one! It’s the perfect gift for your Pinot-loving pal, or as a way to impress a Cabernet-obsessed cutie. Let us know what design you like best, enter the name you’d like engraved, and faster than you can uncork that bottle — we’ll complete your order! Sip away like you’re in your own private vineyard with this too cute barrel head.
How to Order
- Pick your barrel head style! Choose from whiskey OR wine with cooperage/winery markings OR wine with no markings/stamps.
- Select your design. Choose from over 100+ options created by our in-house designers.
- Place your order! After we receive your order we will prepare a proof for your approval. Up to two rounds of revisions are included. Within 3-5 business days of your approval we will have your barrel head on it’s way to you.
***IMPORTANT*** Written approval is required for all full size barrels and barrel heads.
Have a rough idea for a unique design? We LOVE custom projects. Our in-house design team will work closely with you to bring your vision to life. Shop here for custom barrel heads.
Let’s talk barrel style when it comes to selecting your engraved barrel head type. No two barrels are ever alike, BUT, it’s important to understand there is a big variance between wine and bourbon barrels. Despite the difference in contents it previously held, there are major variations in quality worth talking about.
While both wine and whiskey styles are handcrafted from oak wood, wine barrels tend to be a much higher quality product. Specifically, the heads are flatter, they warp less as they dry overtime and they tend to be much cleaner with the rust free galvanized rings.
But don’t discount whiskey barrels too fast. They have a rich, authentic story that needs to be told. From a production standpoint, we do our best to maintain the integrity of the original barrel head. That means we screw the band to the head to hold the head staves together and add a 2×4” block of wood to reinforce the back to help prevent warping. All that being said, whiskey heads will rarely be completely flat and will have some variation in engraving finish.
The wine barrel head styles are deeper and slightly heavier than whiskey heads. They will include 2 galvanized bands screwed to the barrel lid, while the whiskey has one rust-colored ring per head. Additionally, the wine heads will be lightly stained and finished with poly and do not come with the 2×4” reinforcement board on the back.
- Genuine Reclaimed California Wine Barrels
- Authentic Retired Kentucky Bourbon Barrels
- No two barrels ever the same
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Originally handcrafted by a master cooper using the finest American, Hungarian or French Oak, each barrel is unique and packs plenty of character. Because barrel building is a custom process done by hand, no two barrels will ever be the same. The featured selections are not exact representations of the barrel you will receive as each denotes one-of-a-kind coloration, wood grain and engraving finish. Wine barrels WITH marks will come with a winery stamp, cooperage markings or possibly both! We try and select barrels with the flattest heads from our constantly rotating inventory. For barrels being used as a table top, the wine styles typically work best as they are generally more flat than the whiskey styles.
To produce the head style, the top of the barrel is cut off. The wine style includes two galvanized bands while the whiskey displays one rustic ring. All rings are attached to the barrel head with screws. Because the whiskey style is more variable, a 2×4” board is attached to the back for reinforcement. Wine barrel heads do not include the board.
About Your Wine Barrel
After arriving at a California winery, the barrel is filled with multiple vintages of wine varieties (Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay) over the course of 5-10 years. Once the oak flavor is completely extracted, these retired wine barrels are purchased by our sister brand, Midwest Barrel Co.
Wine Barrel Head Specifications
- Diameter: 21-24”
- Depth: 5-6”
- Weight: 20-25 lbs.
- Origin: California
- Wood Type: American, French, Hungarian Oak
- Age of Barrels: 10+ Years
About Your Whiskey Barrel
After arriving at a Kentucky or Tennessee distillery, the barrel is filled with a single batch of the finest whiskey or bourbon and aged on average 4-10 years. Once the aging process is complete, these whiskey barrels are dumped and then purchased by our sister brand, Midwest Barrel Co.
Whiskey Barrel Head Specifications
- Diameter: 21-24”
- Depth: 4-5”
- Weight: 20-25 lbs.
- Origin: Kentucky / Tennessee
- Wood Type: American Oak
- Age of Barrels: 5+ Years
We recommend displaying your barrel head indoors to help prevent weather aging. If using outdoors, keep in a shaded area.
Because the end location for varies for each barrel head, we do not include mounting solutions. Three popular options include a mounting bracket (french cleat) sold in our Accessories, a wire, or displayed on the ground with no mounting solutions needed.
Location. Location. Location.
All you need to worry about is where you are going to display this beauty.
Optional: If placing your barrel head outdoors you may wish to add a coat of tung oil once per year to brighten the wood grain.
Here at Midwest Barrel Co. we take production and delivery seriously. Our goal is to get your personalized goods in your hands as quickly as possible. Production takes place at our headquarters facility in Lincoln, NE. Because every product is made-to-order, delivery is split into two parts: Production + Shipping.
All items are hand produced straight out of the Heartland in Lincoln, NE. After your order is placed our design + production teams are ready to produce one-of-a-kind items you are sure to love. The process includes:
- Our designers personalize your proof with the information provided in the order. IMPORTANT: production cannot begin until your proof is approved.
- All barrel products are made-to-order by our production team. Your wine or whiskey barrel product is hand picked and prepped to preserve the authentic story of each barrel.
- Our shipping team carefully packages each item to make it to their final destination.
Production Time: 3 – 5 business days after proof approval. Shipping deliveries vary according to location and carrier.
Barrel Heads, Staves, Small Barrels & Ornaments
- Method: USPS Priority Mail, UPS & FedEx
- Delivery Time: averages 2-4 days
Full Size Barrels
- Method: LTL Freight Carrier
- Delivery Time: Varies by carrier & location. Averages: 3-7 days
- Cost: $185 (bulk order discounts available)