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

Nitrogen (N2) may be the most used noble gas for blanketing and protecting our food and beverages. It has its uses in winemaking, too. But winemakers usually pick argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That’s the prevalent view, at any rate of Arc3 Gases winemaking customers here in Richmond, Virginia. What draws them to Argon are these attributes: 1) unlike oxygen, argon won’t 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 deleterious 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 contains. Should that not be possible, though – and just as one more preventative – 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 a similar inert gas) allows 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 favored source of these gases. So if winemaking is your vocation, turn to Arc3 Gases, your Richmond, Virginia PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, dependable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!