The winery purchased their barrel’s from France. They’re strong, smell amazing and are huge. What I found so neat about how they use their barrels is that after 8 or so years, when they aren’t good for wine anymore, Newport Winery sells them to a local whiskey maker. That whiskey must be so good. If you’re ever in the Newport, Rhode Island area I highly recommend spending a couple hours at the winery. Bring a lunch and picnic in the field!