Bouchard Cooperages represents highly skilled manufacturers of premium oak products and wine barrels. From tree selection in the forest to finished barrel ready for sale, quality control is foremost at every stage of production.
Always maintaining a high level of performance, the companies we represent employ many talented individuals committed to producing outstanding products. Careful management and scheduling enables us to supply wineries around the globe and provide timely delivery.
Successfully merging a rich history with an exciting future, the seven companies represented by Bouchard Cooperages in Australia all adhere to the following: they value their unique traditions, they respond to market demands, and they embrace developments in the industry. This improves production, while keeping costs low and quality high.
The Company Story:
20 years ago, Vincent Bouchard looked into his wine glass and saw the future: it was made of premium oak, well seasoned, perfectly toasted and crafted into a beautiful wine barrel. He envisioned a growing wine industry worldwide and a consumer market where quality mattered. With wine and wood in his bones he put his unique background and skills to work and began to export premium oak barrels from France. This was the beginning of Bouchard Cooperages, international brokerage of premium oak products.
With a burgeoning wine industry worldwide, Bouchard Cooperages initially met the needs of many winemakers by bringing Burgundian barrels from the cooperages of Billon and Damy to the international market place. With the establishment of direct representation of Bouchard Cooperages in Australia, beginning 1st of July, 2004, the list of coopers represented has grown to include, Bordeaux cooper Bel Air and Hungarian oak supplier European Coopers, plus Canadell, a producer of premium French oak stave inserts located in the town of Varize.
Having been approached many times by various oak chip producers, Vincent realized that oak barrel alternatives would be a valuable addition to our portfolio. For many years, Vincent resisted working with oak chips because the production methods used by many manufacturers did not adhere to his high quality standards. That changed when Vincent met the Canadell family. Father Jacques and son Frédéric manage the largest independent stave mill in France, and one of the oldest on-going Customers of the ONF (National Office of Forests). Vincent was very impressed with the Canadells, their history of wood sourcing, the 26-month minimum seasoning of staves, and their modern toasting technology and quality control. It is for these reasons that Vincent decided to add Canadell to the Bouchard Cooperages portfolio. Canadell produces a full line of some of the highest quality French oak chips, dominoes, powder and tank staves available today.
Always one step ahead and fully prepared to supply a constantly growing market and increasingly demanding consumer, Bouchard Cooperages continues to put quality first and remains a leader in providing the wine industry with tradition, value and service.
The Man Behind It All:
Vincent Bouchard is the man behind the company. His rich life experiences have uniquely prepared him to be a remarkable barrel authority and a fine winemaker.
The Bouchard Cooperages team is a talented group of experienced wine industry professionals who actively manage the production and sales of fine oak barrels and chips, while maintaining the highest level of customer service.