You have to appreciate the clever way Romans re-purposed the barrel, originally used to transport oil and water, to transport wine. Romans realized that they could move more quantities of wine in the lighter, stronger barrels and easily roll them for overland transport. The use of the barrel is still the preferred method of storage and in tribute to this age-old tradition Bodega Numanthia Estates and Spanish fashion label Loewe created a wine barrel combing Termanthia Winery’s core savoir-faire winemaking knowledge with Loewe’s excellence in fine leather goods. The result is a collector-worthy wine vessel that is bold and innovative.
The Bodega Numanthia estate, located in Valdefinjas, Castile and León, is renowned for its powerful and intense wines, emblematic of the prestigious Toro designation of origin. It is from this terroir that Termanthia wine has been crafted, from 140-year-old vines, the wine is known for its intense notes that are fruity, elegant and complex.
The specialty barrel will be delivered with the 2016 Termanthia, Bodega Numanthia’s finest wine, bottled in 75cl, magnum (150cl), jeroboam (5-litre) or balthazar (12-litre) formats, according to the preference of the future owner.
The limited edition barrels are available only on demand (and there is a 1 year waiting list). The delivery of the specially crafted barrels, about 225-litres – the equivalent of 300 75cl – will start in December 2018.
The barrels are made from French oak wood and covered in Loewe leather. Each barrel can be personalized with a selection of five different tints of Loewe calf leather.
The owner’s initials will be marked on the barrel using leather marquetry, a technique requiring extreme precision.