Only the best barrels for the best wines. A good barrel must enhance the value of the wine. Thus, the master craftsman’s enterprise puts its entire professional know-how into every one of its products. In collaboration with their customers, the family works untiringly using innovative ideas in order to best meet every need they encounter.
The key to their work is the correct timber. The task of selecting it lies in the experienced hands of Klaus Pauscha and Jakob Pauscha. They inspect and personally choose fine-pored timber in the best forests of Europe. Customers know that the Pauscha name also stands for the best in service quality and punctuality. As a family enterprise, an attitude reflecting partnership has a long tradition in all dealings with customers. Thus, barrels for the most exquisite wines in the world are created from a pairing of traditional craftsmanship with a spirit of innovation.
Barrels / year
The Pauscha Cooperage was founded in 1875 by Jakob Pauscha in what is today Slovenia.
In 1929, Jakob Pauscha junior assumed leadership of the business and carried it on until 1945. After fleeing the carnage of war in Slovenia, Jakob Pauscha and his son Bruno continued operating the business in Weitensfeld in the Gurktal region of Carinthia.
In 1951, the family moved to Wolfsberg in the region of Lavanttal where Bruno Pauscha took the helm of the business in 1959.
Currently, Klaus Pauscha directs the affairs of the master craftsman’s enterprise Pauscha & Partner together with his son Jakob, who has learned the traditional production techniques and continually seeks to refine these. In 2011 the company was re-founded in its present form and now conducts business at the traditional address in Wolfsberg.
For barriques and barrels of between 300 and 500 litres, the Pauscha family uses only cleaved oaken timber, consisting primarily of traditional French oak from the forests of Troncais, Allier and Vosges. Many years of cooperation with French and European timber suppliers guarantee the best quality. By customer request, barrels can also be made of acacia, cherry and chestnut timber. These types of timber can only be processed in cut form.
Storage Barrels (Round or Oval) and Fermentation Casks
These products are manufactured in various sizes and configurations to suit customers’ needs. Long-standing timber partners in Austria, Germany and France take the quality criteria specified by the master craftsman’s enterprise into account already when selecting the round timber.
Based on this combined experience, the barrel timber is cut specially for the Pauscha company and is air-dried outdoors for several years.
All barrels are bound over an open flame and processed further using traditional methods. Due to the oak timber used and the selected toasting, from light to medium and medium-strong to strong, a variety of different aromas can be produced. The toasting is a very delicate process which, thanks to Klaus Pauscha’s years of experience, promises the best possible results for wines. He personally supervises every phase of production in order to safeguard the high quality standard.
The Pauscha family have been successful coopers for over 140 years.
Father and son Pauscha see themselves as partners for winemakers. Their goal is a perfect interplay between the wine and the wood. They accommodate the individual wishes that winemakers may have, taking these into account during the production of the barrels. Every barrel from the Pauscha cooperage must provide the respective wine with the environment it needs to develop its full potential for taste and enjoyment.