Savante Wine Cellars Offers New, Sustainable Custom Built Cellars Using Eco-Friendly Reclaimed Barrels

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Renowned cellar craftsmen introduce environmentally responsible cellar systems that utilize recycled stave oak barrels from the collector's vineyard of choice.

In the California wine country alone, nearly 200,000 barrels are retired every year. While most do not think about the wood that once served to perfectly age their glass of Pinot, these barrels typically end up as planters, firewood, or even worse, waste in our landfills. Savante Wine Cellars (, custom woodcraftsmen and innovative cellar designers, have developed a one-of-a-kind, earth-friendly method of bringing new life to wine barrels. Savante's Stave Oak Collection is quickly turning heads and gracing the cellars of eco-conscious wine connoisseurs. Built with the same fine furniture grade construction that the upscale cellar company is known for, the Stave Oak collection is handcrafted with reclaimed barrels from the client's vineyard of choice and is made with no chemical finishes. The result is a visually stunning cellar that is as safe and protective to the wine collection as it is to the environment.

Much like the wine that will soon grace its racks, the Savante team believes that its Stave Oak cellars each have a story behind them. As the oak's "third life," the cellars become a testament to the very wood that brought each bottle in a beloved collection to fruition. Whether the barrels are selected from the vineyard where the homeowner proposed to his wife, first fell in love with Zinfandels, discovered an affection for Cabernet, or danced at his daughter's wedding, every Savante cellar tells a story - one as rich and as adored as the bottles that line its pristine shelves. Savante also designs each cellar to enhance the beauty of the selected barrels - from using the vineyard's distinctive cooperage stamps as drawer faces or flooring marks, to the plant based dyes and natural wine stains used to create unique color and tints in the wood itself.

What's more, Savante founder Darryl Hogeback and his team is passionate about using every part of the barrel to build the most sustainable, and striking custom cellars possible. "Growing up, I always had an affinity for the forest and the life we draw from the trees. We oftentimes take our environment for granted, and being able to bring a new purpose to the beautiful oak trees that create the country's finest wines is an incredible way to construct a cellar. Whether we are using the barrel staves for the racking system or the heads to create eco-friendly cellar flooring, Savante is dedicated to recycling every part of the barrels we reclaim," Hogeback states.

Built for the true connoisseur, Hogeback and his team pay close attention to detail in addition to a mindfulness to the environment that is unprecedented in the cellar industry. "Stains and chemical finishes in your cellar and wine racking can off gas, be absorbed by the cork, and ruin your wine. This is why we have incorporated fuming into our coloration process, along with a non toxic butcher block oil," Hogeback continued.

The Savante difference continues in the craftsmanship. The team engineers cellars using mortise and tenon construction that creates strength without the use of nails, staples or screws. This furniture grade construction is both timeless and enduring, resulting in an heirloom quality cellar. Savante also draws on its patent-pending designs and proprietary fabrication process to provide greater airflow to each bottle, thus protecting the collection, and investment, as is ages. This design ensures that the valuable and often sentimental wine labels are protected in the same manner as the bottles and the wine. The end result is a cellar that is handcrafted, highly functional and unparalleled in quality.

Savante Wine Cellars is available for expert interviews and cellar profiles. For more information, high resolution project photography or to schedule an interview, please contact Betsy Martin at 303.818.3114.


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