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_A century and a half of history

Key Dates

     
1875

Founding of the cooperage by Henry Baron.

1900

Passing of the business to the second generation of the family, Samuel Baron.

     
1930

Passing of the business to the third generation of the family, Louis and Maurice Baron.

     
1975

Passing of the business to the fourth generation of the family, Francois Baron.

     
1996

Passing of the business to the fifth generation, Xavier Baron and Nicolas Tombu.

     
1999

Invention of the OXOline barrel racking system.

     
2001

Arrival of our third associate, Lionel Kreff.

     
2002

Beginning of distribution to the USA, awarding of the Innovatiton Trophy at Vinitech for OXOline.

     
2003

Invention of Vinification Integrale – Beginning of distribution to Spain.

     
2004

Beginning of distribution to South America.

     
2005

Beginning of distribution to South Africa.

     
2006

Birth of the Culte barrel – Beginning of distribution in Bulgaria.

     
2007

New distribution network in Italy.

     
2009

Inauguration of the workshop of Tonnellerie Baron – Arrival of our fourth associate Sebastian Lane – Startup of our new stavemill, Grand Chêne®.

     
2010

Beginning of distribution in Portugal and Australia

     
2014

Startup of our exclusive computer toast tracking procedure. Guaranteed minimum conformity to our toast standard of 90% from barrel to barrel.

     
2015

Tonnellerie Baron celebrates 140 years since its establishment. The Culte 140 barrel is unveiled as a limited edition commemorative edition to mark the occassion.

     
2017

Inauguration of new cooper locker rooms, commercial kitchen and reception hall.

     
2018

An environmental initiative is established whereby one oak sapling is planted for each barrel sold, a one hectacre biodiversity refuge adjacent to the seasoning yards is installed, and electric vehicles are provided for coopers to communte from work to home during the workweek.

     
2019

Tonnellerie Baron installs the first phase of solar panels which will eventually provide 100% of the required electrical needs of the business by renewable sources.

     
2020

Tonnellerie Baron envisions reaching green power generation equal to its consumption, or about 350kWhc.

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Key dates

     

1875

Founding of the cooperage by Henry Baron.


1900

Passing of the business to the second generation of the family, Samuel Baron.


     

1930

Passing of the business to the third generation of the family, Louis and Maurice Baron.


     

1975

Passing of the business to the fourth generation of the family, Francois Baron.


     

1996

Passing of the business to the fifth generation, Xavier Baron and Nicolas Tombu.


     

1999

Invention of the OXOline barrel racking system.


     

2001

Arrival of our third associate, Lionel Kreff.


     

2002

Beginning of distribution to the USA, awarding of the Innovatiton Trophy at Vinitech for OXOline.


     

2003

Invention of Vinification Integrale – Beginning of distribution to Spain.


     

2004

Beginning of distribution to South America.


     

2005

Beginning of distribution to South Africa.


     

2006

Birth of the Culte barrel – Beginning of distribution in Bulgaria.


     

2007

New distribution network in Italy.


     

2009

Beginning of distribution to South Africa.

     

2010

Beginning of distribution in Portugal and Australia


     

2014

Startup of our exclusive computer toast tracking procedure. Guaranteed minimum conformity to our toast standard of 90% from barrel to barrel.


2015

Tonnellerie Baron celebrates 140 years since its establishment. The Culte 140 barrel is unveiled as a limited edition commemorative edition to mark the occassion.


2017

Inauguration of new cooper locker rooms, commercial kitchen and reception hall.


2018

An environmental initiative is established whereby one oak sapling is planted for each barrel sold, a one hectacre biodiversity refuge adjacent to the seasoning yards is installed, and electric vehicles are provided for coopers to communte from work to home during the workweek.


2019

Tonnellerie Baron installs the first phase of solar panels which will eventually provide 100% of the required electrical needs of the business by renewable sources.


2020

Tonnellerie Baron envisions reaching green power generation equal to its consumption, or about 350kWhc.

Founded by Henri Baron in 1875, Tonnellerie Baron is situated near the town of Saintes in the Charente-Maritime department, on the original site of its founding, still maintaining the historic craft of coopering in its purest traditional methods. Located in the heart of the celebrated vineyards of Cognac, the artisanal workshop works in service to the most prestigious global vineyard properties.

Recognized for its creativity and capacity to innovate, Tonnellerie Baron occupies a unique position, exclusive and avant-garde among French Cooperages. An independent and family owned cooperage, the cooperage is a living history of men and women dedicated to their craft and terroir.

The terroir of the Charente provides a unique balance of sunshine and humidity that is particularly favorable for the aging of oak in our seasoning yards, and serves us well in the production of barrels, puncheons, and foudres of many sizes and shapes.

The necessary time required for each step in the production process requires patience and reflection. Tonnellerie Baron is inspired by its customers, artisan vignerons from around the world, to support their wines and assist them in giving their purest expression.

« Inspiration comes from observation of nature and the forest, but also from the knowledge of vignerons and their needs. »

Xavier Baron

Co-Manager

_ Our Values

« Our convictions guide us towards an environmental policy that is permanent, to guarantee the longevity and quality of our products, and also the work of the men and women who produce them. »

Nicolas Tombu

Co-Manager

 

« The absolute knowledge of our raw materials, the mastery of each step of our production process, and our total independence ; these factors allow us to defend our bold convictions, form the foundation of our philosophy, and its transmission. »  

Lionel Kreff

Co-Manager

     
01

QUALITY and TRACEABILITY

Each step in the production process, from the splitting of the staves, to the final finishes of the barrel, are integrated in our workshop. With our family experience, we choose the most beautiful oaks in the French forests, and offer our clients a range of products utilizing the hand split oak. The softness of the climate in the Charente, with an ideal balance of sunshine and humidity, perfectly seasons the fine oak staves. Three summers are required for the necessary chemical and physical transformations of the staves before they are ready for coopering. Our coopers, all graduates of the cooper school in Cognac, then balance the perfect doses of fire and water in order to provide a toast profile which matches our customers’ requirements. In order to contribute to the sustainable management of forest resources, Tonnellerie Baron respects the strict rules set forth by the international PEFC program. This certification offers our customers an assurance on the origin of the wood, and also testifies to our concern for transparency and preservation of the environment. Through this approach, Tonnellerie Baron guarantees uniterrupted monitoring of certified raw material from the forest to the customer.

02

CREATIVITY and INNOVATION

Recognized for its creativity and ability to innovate as demonstrated by OXOline and Vinification Integrale, along with the excellence of its coopers, Tonnellerie Baron occupies an exclusive and avant-garde position amongst French coopers. Our integrated design office develops solutions and invests in research to ensure excellence in our production flow and exceptional reproducability in our toasting protocols.

     
03

INSPIRATION and ENVIRONNEMENT

Going through the forests for the selection of our oaks throughout the year, we feel fully concerned by their renewal and ensuring their preservation as part of our heritage and legacy, as well as for biodiversity. For those reasons, we chose in 2018 to replant 1 oak for each barrel we produced, or about 15 000 trees per year. The history of an oak is written over several centuries, our lifetimes must not compromise the future of our business or the preservation of our forests.

 
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3 core values

 

QUALITY and TRACEABILITY

Each step in the production process, from the splitting of the staves, to the final finishes of the barrel, are integrated in our workshop. With our family experience, we choose the most beautiful oaks in the French forests, and offer our clients a range of products utilizing the hand split oak.
The softness of the climate in the Charente, with an ideal balance of sunshine and humidity, perfectly seasons the fine oak staves.
Three summers are required for the necessary chemical and physical transformations of the staves before they are ready for coopering. Our coopers, all graduates of the cooper school in Cognac, then balance the perfect doses of fire and water in order to provide a toast profile which matches our customers’ requirements.
In order to contribute to the sustainable management of forest resources, Tonnellerie Baron respects the strict rules set forth by the international PEFC program.
This certification offers our customers an assurance on the origin of the wood, and also testifies to our concern for transparency and preservation of the environment. Through this approach, Tonnellerie Baron guarantees uninterrupted monitoring of certified raw material from the forest to the customer.

CREATIVITY and INNOVATION

Recognized for its creativity and ability to innovate as demonstrated by OXOline and Vinification Integrale, along with the excellence of its coopers, Tonnellerie Baron occupies an exclusive and avant-garde position amongst French coopers.
Our integrated design office develops solutions and invests in research to ensure excellence in our production flow and exceptional reproducability in our toasting protocols.

INSPIRATION and ENVIRONNEMENT

Going through the forests for the selection of our oaks throughout the year, we feel fully concerned by their renewal and ensuring their preservation as part of our heritage and legacy, as well as for biodiversity.
For those reasons, we chose in 2018 to replant 1 oak for each barrel we produced, or about 15 000 trees per year. The history of an oak is written over several centuries, our lifetimes must not compromise the future of our business or the preservation of our forests.

« The absolute knowledge of our raw materials, the mastery of each step of our production process, and our total independence ; these factors allow us to defend our bold convictions, form the foundation of our philosophy, and its transmission. »  

Lionel kreff

Co-Manager

« The trust of our clients strengthens our creativity and makes us more demanding of ourselves to progress more each day. »

Sébastien Lane

Co-Manager

The coopers in the workshop of Tonnellerie Baron sustain the elegance and finesse of the art of cooperage. A historic craft, artistic and emotional, which sublimates each barrel as a collective work that exemplify the standards of Tonnellerie Baron.

Aware of the fact that its staff is the heart of the company, Tonnellerie Baron gives priority to the training of its coopers. In the workshops, the production processes are constantly improved and many skills are developed and modified regularly to ensure quality of the highest standards.