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Address

990 Vintage Ave
St.Helena
CA, 94574
United States
Phone
707-963-9936
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Heather Burton

Barrel Builders is a small family owned company serving the industry for over 40 years; providing premium oak barrels, cooperage supplies, as well as barrel repair and maintenance. 

In 1974 Phil Burton started working at Barrel Builders as an apprentice cooper, today he is the president of the company and still loves working with barrels. That passion has made Barrel Builders what it is today. We are not just a barrel broker but a cooperage resource. With over four decades of experience we love sharing our knowledge and expertise with clients.

“Thank you for your service as you always go above and beyond.”

                                                                                                                - Sarah Holt Mullins, Winemaker                                                                                                                              Rancho Sisquoc Winery

Alberto shaving a barrel.
Alberto shaving a barrel.
Phil working on a barrel
Phil working on a barrel
Barrel Builders Team
Barrel Builders Team
New Marchive French Oak Barrels
New Marchive French Oak Barrels
Yann working on a barrel
Yann working on a barrel
EBC Kentucky Oak Barrel
EBC Kentucky Oak Barrel
EBC barrel are produced in a zero waste facility with sustainably harvested American oak. For every EBC barrel sold we donate $3 to the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association who promote environmentally and economically sustainable forest management.
How to Repair a Leaky Barrel Using Spiles
How to Repair a Leaky Barrel Using Spiles
Learn how to identify, diagnose and repair a barrel leaking from the croze. All item featured in the video are available on our online store.
Barrel Head Removal for Fermentation
Barrel Head Removal for Fermentation
Phil Burton demonstrates how remove/replace a barrel head for barrel fermentation.
Prepping Barrels for Storage
Prepping Barrels for Storage
Learn how to prep your barrels for storage to ensure they're clean and tight for their next use.
Barrel Shaving with Barrel Builders Coopers
Barrel Shaving with Barrel Builders Coopers
Watch Barrel Builders Coopers, Yann and Alberto, shave a barrel! Used barrels are shaved and toasted so wineries can reuse them.
Barrel Sanitation Lecture
Barrel Sanitation Lecture
Phil Burton, President of Barrel Builders, gave a lecture about barrel sanitation to a group of winemakers in Ramona, CA on May 20th 2015.
How to Prevent and Repair Bore Bug Leaks
How to Prevent and Repair Bore Bug Leaks
Phil Burton explains how to prevent and repair bore bug leaks in barrels.
Barrel Assembly Demonstration
Barrel Assembly Demonstration
Yann Guiguen, Barrel Builders Master Cooper, did a barrel assembly demonstration for Sonoma State University's Wine Sense Club.
How to Remove/Replace a Barrel Head
How to Remove/Replace a Barrel Head
Yann Guiguen, Barrel Builders Master Cooper, demonstrates how to remove and replace a barrel head.
How to Repair a Leaky Barrel Using Wedges
How to Repair a Leaky Barrel Using Wedges
Phil Burton, president of Barrel Builders Inc, has been working with barrels since 1974. In this video Phil goes over the tools required to repair a leaky barrel stave and how to perform the repair.
A Look into East Bernstadt Cooperage (EBC)
A Look into East Bernstadt Cooperage (EBC)
Barrel Builders is proud to offer EBC American Oak Barrels. The barrels are hand crafted in a zero-waste facility and the wood is sustainabily harvested using selective harvesting techniques. For every EBC barrel we sell we donate $3 to the Kentucky Woodland Owners Association.
A Look into Marchive Cooperage
A Look into Marchive Cooperage
Barrel Builders is the exclusive provider of Marchive French Oak in the U.S. offering consistently superior barrels with a simplified grain classification system.
How to Repair Bore Bug Leaks Using Spiles
How to Repair Bore Bug Leaks Using Spiles
Bore Bugs can be a big problem! But don't worry, Bore Bug leaks are easy to repair and are almost always effective. Learn all about it in our latest How-To Video featuring Phil Burton, president of Barrel Builders and barrel guru.

News Archive


North Bay Wineries In Need: Trucks & Cooperage Skills
12 October, 2017

Barrel Builders is currently available and ready to assist wineries during this time of need. We can offer trucks and cooperage skills to any winery that’s needs assistance. Please contact us at 707-963-9936.

 


"Let's Talk About Sulfur" with Phil Burton, Owner of Barrel Builders
25 September, 2017

Phil Burton, owner of Barrel Builders, talks about using sulfur for barrel maintenance and different methods of application.

All items seen in the video can be purchased on our online store http://barrelbuilders.com/store/.

 


How to Repair a Leaky Barrel
05 May, 2017

Phil Burton, president of Barrel Builders Inc, has been working with barrels since 1974. In this video Phil goes over how to identify, diagnose and repair a barrel leaking from the croze.  All item featured in the video are available on our online store.


Looking for North Coast Barrel Sales Rep
29 September, 2016

Barrel Builders is looking for a full time sales consultant to build customer relations and increase sales in the North Bay including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. The successful applicant must have 5 years of solid sales experience in the wine industry and a good working knowledge of oak and how it’s utilized in the winemaking process. Knowledge of North Bay wineries and winemakers is imperative. You will need good independent working skills and a strong drive to succeed. Salary and commission dependent on experience. Being able to travel and provide detailed weekly reports is a must. Barrel Builders is based in St. Helena with a 45 year history of supplying barrels and equipment to wineries across the US. Join our team with a career in mind. We look forward to hearing from you. 

E-mail applications to heather@barrelbuilders.com


It's Bore Bug Season!
02 June, 2016

Are you up to date on your Bore Bug leak repair skills? If not, no worries because we got you covered with our latest How-To video. Phil, president of Barrel Builders and barrel guru, gives step by step instructions to do your own Bore Bug repairs. 

Click on the link below to watch.

Repairing Bore Bug Leaks Using Spiles


April Bung Flash Sale
06 April, 2016

During the moth of April, select Bung styles are only $2.95

To place an order

-visit our online cooperage supplies store

-call the Barrel Builders office (707) 963-9963

-email heather@barrelbuilders.com

-stop by the St. Helena Office

 


TUNE IN TONIGHT
01 February, 2016

Make sure to tune into CRN digital talk radio at 7 pm tonight to hear Phil and Julien discuss, deliberate, and deduce all things cooperage related! Or just click on the link below http://crntalk.com/listen/at 7pm and select Slow Living Radio on Channel 1.


10 December, 2015

Barrel Builders is proud to be the recipient of The North Bay Business Journal's Wine Industry Supplier Awards for the Barrel Supplier Category. Click on the link to read the full article featuring Barrel Builders in their latest issue. 

St. Helena’s Barrel Builders wins California wine barrel supplier award

 


A Look Inside East Bernstadt Cooperage (EBC)
04 November, 2015

 

Ever wonder how a barrel is made? Check out our latest Barrel Builders video 'A Look Inside East Bernstadt Cooperage' to see the whole process from harvesting the wood to assembling the barrel. If you want to learn more about Phil and Heather’s trip to Kentucky to visit the cooperage you can read all about it on the Barrel Blog 'Kentucky and Back Again: A Cooper's Tale by Barrel Builders'. 

 


New Online Store
06 October, 2015

We just launched our NEW ONLINE STORE. You can now conveniently purchase cooperage supplies online. Click on the link below to place an order.

COOPERAGE SUPPLIES ONLINE STORE 

Title Name Email Phone
Owner Phil Burton phil@barrelbuilders.com 7079539516
Sales - Sonoma County Dave Ruiz dave@barrelbuilders.com 7075920063
Master Cooper - Shop Services Yann Guigen yann@barrelbuilders.com 7079538923
Marketing Director/Sales Heather Burton heather@barrelbuilders.com 7079639963
Adobe Acrobat File

Patti Stockton, our office manager, put together a list of tips for shipping barrels.


Adobe Acrobat File

Phil put this power point together for his barrel assessment and sanitation lectures.


Adobe Acrobat File

Steve Gonzales from Stone Brewing Co. performed a study to determine how to maximize desirable additive properties while minimizing harmful spoilage and evaporative loss when using bourbon barrels during the brewing process.


Cooper's Hammer
Click here to order COOPER'S HAMMERS from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Barrel Repair Epoxy
Click here to order BARREL REPAIR EPOXY from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Barrel-Seal
Click here to order BARREL-SEAL from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Mildewcide
Click here to order MILDEWCIDE from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Sulfur Burner
Click here to order Sulfur Burners from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Sulfur Wicks
Click here to order Sulfur Wicks from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Sulfur Discs (5 g and 10 g)
Click here to order Sulfur Discs from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Hoop Nails
Click here to order Hoop Nails from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
East Bernstadt Cooperage (EBC)
American Oak - Kentucky Oak -Seasoned 36 months A perfect barrel for a robust red wine; the oak imparts toasted spice notes with a balanced tannin structure that blends harmoniously with the fruit.  Bordeaux (225L)
Marchive Barrels (Other than French)
Saint Louis - French/American Blend The perfect alliance between the aromatic freshness of American Oak and the finesse and roundness of French Oak, give the wine an aromatic complexity and an ideal structural balance ...
Eastern European Barrels
Our Barrel Builders Eastern European Oak is a beautiful example of the finest craftsmanship from any European cooperage. Made from forest selections of the finest tight grain wood, our barrels are well known for imparting ...
Marchive French Oak Barrels
Esprit Club The 'tiercon" style, part of the Cognac region's history, has been transposed to the world of wine and well suited to the long aging of your premium wines. Incredibly tight grain and aged ...
Spiles
Click here to order Spiles from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Wedges
Click to order Wedges from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Barrel Wax
Click  here to order Barrel Wax from our online Cooperage Supplies Store.
Fermentation Bung
Click here to order Fermenation Bungs fron our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Easy Grip Bung
Click here to order our Easy Grip Bungs from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
Super Grip Bung
Click here to order Super Grip Bungs from our online Cooperage Supplies Store. 
ProxyClean
It is a grandular form of hydrogen peroxide combined with sodium carbonate. It is the recommended replacement for chlorine-based cleaning agents. Click here to order ProxyClean from our online Cooperage Supplies Store.
Barrel Scraper
Click here to order Barrel Scapers on our online Cooperage Supplies Store.   
Standard Bung
Click here purchase Standard Bungs on our online Cooperage Supply Store.