Wine in Cans: ‘Bottling’ Reimagined
By William Layton
Canning is something new to us. And, it’s not just a matter of offering our wines in a different size package. Cans makes wine more convenient in a few ways. Cans can go anywhere glass is not allowed; you don’t need to open a whole bottle if all you want is a couple of glasses; and cans chill faster than bottles.
There are many differences between bottling and canning wines. First and foremost, not all wine will work in cans; whereas, any wine can go into a bottle. Glass has no problem with wine. Acid eats through metal though, so we had to send the wine away to be tested to make sure that it will not eat through the can.
When our wine was approved, the canning company came to Layton’s Chance and did a walkthrough with us. Here are a few of the changes we need to make for canning:
- We needed to get different gas—Nitrogen
- Different electric outlets need to be installed
- We are adding an in-line filtration system also, as they don’t have a filter on their canning line like our bottler does.
With all of this, the wine coming out of the can, tastes just like the wine coming out of a bottle.
If any of you know the Joe’s Cool Red Turbo story (here’s a hint, it was a happy accident that created one of our most popular wines), we’ve created success with alternative packaging in the past. I’ve put a lot more research into canning and am confident you’ll be sipping your Joe’s Cool Red or Laura’s Lemonade from a can in just a few weeks. Remember, one can equals two glasses, so continue to drink responsibly!
You can learn a little more about Iron Heart Canning in the video below: