As coopers, in the true sense of the word, we make barrels. We've been making them since the late 1880s.
A ‘cooper’ is a person who makes and repairs barrels. Coopering itself is an ancient craft and the trade was formalised in the 13th century with the recognition of the Coopers Guild in Europe.
As coopers, in the true sense of the word, we make barrels. We’ve been making them in the Barossa since the late 1880s.
The cooper’s skills have been passed on from master cooper to apprentice across five generations of the John family.
Today those skills extend to the production and manufacture of a whole new spectrum of oak-related products, designed to complement the winemaking process.
Peter John - Managing Director and Master Cooper
“The final stages in the creation of the barrel are controlled by hand. Quality control – the hand and the eye, a visual inspection interior and exterior, then the barrel is closed permanently.”
The John family settled in the Barossa in the 1840s. Since then, five generations have continued a connection with the viticulture, winemaking and coopering industries. The cooperage traces its history back more than 130 years, when Christian Paul John established a business based at Chateau Tanunda in 1889.
Today the business is managed by Peter John, a fourth-generation Master Cooper and the great-grandson of the company founder. The fifth generation is already represented in the business with Alex John now an active member of the cooperage.
There are not many cooperages in the world with more than 130 years of family management – and the heritage and tradition, as well as the lessons of the past, shapes and assists the future directions.
The family-owned cooperage continues to be committed to quality, innovation and outstanding service.
The A.P. John business is proud to have been part of the Australian grape and wine community since the late 1800s. As a result, we’ve developed strong links with many of Australia’s leading wineries.
We’re also proud to be a part of the Barossa community and we’ve been big supporters of local events and organisations.
Our connections, sponsorships, partnerships and memberships extend across the following areas:
Variety SA Vintage Wine Auction & Lunch
Faith Lutheran College Wine Education
Wine Industry Suppliers Australia Inc. (WISA)
The industry association which represents suppliers to the grape and wine sector.
The Australian Distillers Association (A.D.A.) is the peak industry body for Australian distillers, and was founded in 2004.