PurityPlus® Argon: Auburn Winemakers Specialty Gas of Choice

Nitrogen (N2) is probably the preferred noble gas for blanketing and protecting our food and beverages. It’s beneficial in winemaking, too. But winemakers normally prefer argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That, at any rate, is the prevailing opinion of Spec Air Specialty Gases winemaking customers here in Auburn. What draws them to Argon is twofold: 1) unlike oxygen, argon won’t react with wine to effect any intolerable characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its greater density ensures that more of the gas will be in longer contact with the surface of the wine, thereby banishing more oxygen (and its detrimental effects) as well as preventing microbial spoilage. Of course, there’s nothing else that preserves wine and defends it against O2 better than simply filling it to the brim of whatever it holds. Should that not be doable, though – and just as one more backstop – it’s argon to the rescue!
Making use of argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, regardless of what sort they are, removes oxygen by lifting it and carrying it off. This process is typically referred to as flushing or sparging, and it’s quite effective. The displacement of oxygen by argon (or a similar inert gas) enables wine to be sufficiently aged or maintained safely in storage for long, unrestricted periods of time.
We’ll merely point out here that Spec Air Specialty Gases has been a leading supplier of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Auburn food and beverage industry for years now. We’ve become a highly regarded source of these gases. So if winemaking is your profession, contact Spec Air Specialty Gases, your Auburn PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, reliable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!