About The Boswell Company

The Boswell Company is an entrepreneurial wine barrel business that, since its inception in 1975, has earned a reputation for exceptional quality and dedicated service. The Boswell Company provides the finest wine barrels and French oak alternatives to winemakers nationwide. Located in San Rafael, California, our name is synonymous with innovation in the wine industry.

We offer new barrels from specialized family-owned cooperages, including: Tonnellerie de MERCUREY in Burgundy, Tonnellerie Jean-Louis BOSSUET in Cognac, Eclat by VINEA in Cognac and KELVIN Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. These moderately sized companies operate with integrity and traceability because their oak is sourced directly. We also offer French oak alternatives from VINEA-Aromoak. VINEA is the French leader in oak alternatives with over 600 winery clients in Bordeaux and a worldwide presence. Our strong relationships and direct communication with these cooperages means that our customers receive the highest quality products.

Our staff consists of owner Jim Boswell, Michael Weyna, Julie Pickering, and Sally Fish. We are known throughout the wine industry for our depth of experience, responsiveness and attention to detail.

A Reputation for Innovation

In 1987, our company introduced head toasting of wine barrels to the American wine industry. Prior to that time, no heads were ever fired. We also introduced stainless steel stirring rods, French glass wine thieves and hose cleaning sponge rubber balls. In 2010, The Boswell Company introduced top quality French oak alternatives from VINEA-Aromoak.

The Boswell Company History

Jim-AboutIn 1975, the company began selling new Sirugue wine barrels from Nuits-Saint-Georges in Burgundy. Dick Graff of Chalone Vineyard mentored our activities in the early days. Subsequent cooperage sales included Tonnellerie Radoux, Mendocino Cooperage, Tonnellerie Berger, and Roberts & Son.

After more than 30 years experience, our company’s mission is to supply wine making clients with new French and American oak wine barrels from family owned companies that each produce less than 80 barrels a day. These moderately sized companies operate with integrity and traceability. Air-dried regimes are properly executed and toasting procedures are like an art. Our coopers are wonderful alternatives to mammoth industrial cooperages.

In 1981, Jim’s brother-in-law, Jacques Seysses of Domaine Dujac in Burgundy, suggested our company pioneer silicone rubber barrel bungs to the American wine industry. The wine bung revolution followed when almost every winery in the country bought Boswell silicone bungs and replaced their wooden bungs. Our premium bungs remain the industry standard to this day.

In 1987, our company introduced head toasting of barrels to the American wine industry. Today, head toasting is practiced extensively with American oak wine barrels and less with French oak.
Other innovations The Boswell Company introduced to the wine industry include: stainless steel stirring rods, French glass wine thieves and sponge rubber hose cleaning balls.

In 2010, The Boswell Company introduced VINEA-Aromoak oenological wood products. These top quality French oak alternatives are based on more than 19 years of history and development by Jean Christophe Varron at Bordeaux.

The Boswell Company is service-oriented, committed to quality, and responsive under any circumstances. Communication with our French coopers, Tonnellerie de MERCUREY and Tonnelerie Jean-Louis Bossuet, is direct and without intermediaries. Our goal is to serve discriminating winemakers who enjoy the results of using good barrels from specialized coopers. Additionally, we believe that doing business with The Boswell Company should be a pleasure for the mind, body and spirit.

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