PurityPlus® Argon: Richmond, Virginia Winemakers’ Specialty Gas of Choice

Nitrogen (N2) may be the more common of the noble gases applied to blanket and protect our food and beverages. It’s useful in winemaking, too. But winemakers tend to pick argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That’s the prevalent view, anyway of Arc3 Gases winemaking customers here in Richmond, Virginia. What draws them to Argon are these attributes: 1) unlike oxygen, argon will not react with wine to create any unappealing characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its elevated density ensures that more of the gas will be in extended contact with the surface of the wine, thus banishing more oxygen (and its damaging effects) as well as thwarting microbial spoilage. Of course, nothing preserves wine and defends it against O2 better than just topping it off in whatever it holds. Should that not be feasible, though – and just as one more precaution – it’s argon to the rescue!
Making use of argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, whatever they might be, removes 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 some other such inert gas) enables wine to be sufficiently aged or maintained safely in storage for long, unrestricted periods of time.
Suffice it to say, Arc3 Gases has been a major provider of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Richmond, Virginia food and beverage industry for years now. We’ve become a trusted source of these gases. So if winemaking is your vocation, contact Arc3 Gases, your Richmond, Virginia PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, dependable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!