THE PROCESS

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All Wines­tains’ de­signs orig­i­nate from one main item: aged wine bar­rels sourced from winer­ies around the Barossa and Ade­laide. “Wine bar­rels have such great char­ac­ter,’’ Kristal Ruchs says. “There are slight dif­fer­ences in the wine bar­rels cre­ated by the dif­fer­ent lev­els of toast­ing. The fine and medium grain oaks dif­fer slightly in colour and grain. “The re­ally fine grains usu­ally house bet­ter qual­ity wines. Most oak is rea­son­ably sim­i­lar, though. “You can def­i­nitely tell if our de­signs orig­i­nally housed red wine due to the beau­ti­ful, nat­u­ral red wine stains on them. “Prod­ucts be­gin with an ini­tial con­cept and sketch be­fore the bar­rels are bro­ken with a ham­mer and a spe­cial tool to re­move the me­tal hoops. Dow­els and nails are all re-used in the de­signs, Kristal says. “We then cut, plane, screw and glue as re­quired,” she says. “The de­signs are then branded with our tra­di­tional brand­ing iron (heated on an open flame). The prod­uct is then fur­ther sanded with fi­nal touches be­fore be­ing oiled and left to dry. Each de­sign varies in terms of pro­duc­tion time, from a cou­ple of hours to days. “I don’t think you could ever call our prod­ucts mass pro­duced ... each dif­fers in size, shape, colour and mark­ings due to the na­ture of the aged wine bar­rels,” Kristal says.

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