PurityPlus® Argon: Albany Winemakers Specialty Gas of Choice

Nitrogen (N2) might be the most used noble gas for blanketing and preserving the food and beverages we ingest. It has its place in winemaking, too. But winemakers usually prefer argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That’s the consensus, anyway of Noble Gas Solutions winemaking customers here in Albany. What draws them to Argon is twofold: 1) unlike oxygen, argon will not react with wine to occasion any unwanted characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its elevated density sees to it that more of the gas will be in protracted contact with the surface of the wine, thereby keeping out more oxygen (and its detrimental effects) as well as checking microbial spoilage. Of course, nothing preserves wine and defends it against O2 better than just filling it to the brim of whatever it holds. If that’s not feasible, though – and just as one more backstop – it’s argon to the rescue!
Making use of argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, no matter what they might be, gets rid of oxygen by raising it and carrying it off. This process is usually dubbed flushing or sparging, and it’s quite effective. The displacement of oxygen by argon (or a similar inert gas) enables wine to be suitably aged or maintained safely in storage for immeasurable periods of time.
Suffice it to say, Noble Gas Solutions has been a leading supplier of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Albany food and beverage industry for years now. We’ve become a much sought-after source of these gases. So if winemaking is your pursuit, look to Noble Gas Solutions, your Albany PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, reliable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!