PurityPlus® Argon: Sioux Falls Winemakers’ Specialty Gas of Choice

Nitrogen (N2) might be the more common of the noble gases applied to blanket and preserve the food and beverages we ingest. It’s beneficial in winemaking, too. But winemakers typically go with argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That’s the prevalent view, anyway of A-OX Welding Supply winemaking customers here in Sioux Falls. What they like about Argon is twofold: 1) unlike oxygen, argon won’t react with wine to create any disagreeable characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its greater density sees to it that more of the gas will be in extended contact with the surface of the wine, thereby banishing more oxygen (and its deleterious effects) as well as checking microbial spoilage. Of course, nothing preserves wine and shields it from O2 better than simply filling it to the top of whatever it holds. When that isn’t doable, though – and just as an extra precaution – it’s argon to the rescue!
Using argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, whatever they might be, removes oxygen by lifting it and whisking it away. This process is typically referred to as flushing or sparging, and it’s very effective. The displacement of oxygen by argon (or another such inert gas) makes it possible for wine to be suitably aged or held safely in storage for long, unrestricted periods of time.
Suffice it to say, A-OX Welding Supply has been a major provider of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Sioux Falls food and beverage industry from our founding. We’ve become a highly regarded source of these gases. So if winemaking is your profession, call on A-OX Welding Supply, your Sioux Falls PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, reliable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!