• American Oak Fans & Staves

    Appalachian Fan

    This oak is suited to medium and full-bodied wines that require additional richness and palate depth.


The ‘fan’ pack can be used during alcoholic and malolactic fermentations as well as for maturation applications. The A.P. John ‘fans’ offer a surface-to-volume ratio that provides the winemaker with optimum control over the regulation of the transference of oak flavours and characteristics.

Our packs have been designed for easy installation across small, medium and large tanks (from 1000L upward). Experience with A.P. John ‘fans’ indicates applications of between one and three square metres per 1000 litres of wine delivers the integration sought by most winemakers.

Please contact our experienced sales team for more information about oak types and application rates to suit your specific requirements.


A.P. John Appalachian Traditional ‘Fans’ are available with two toast options:

Convection Toast (Medium)
Delivers lifted, rich, sweet-toasted vanilla and offers plenty of mid palate flavour and weight. Ideal for wines that need sweet flavour contribution.

Traditional (Fire Toast)
Delivers more subtle aromatics than the Convection toast. Vanilla and sweet spice, with dark chocolate and a complex toast character. The Fine Oak tannins are firmer, more linear and structural. Best suited to wines that already have good fruit sweetness but require structure and complexity.

Oak source

The oak is sourced from the South West Pennsylvania/West Virginia ‘pan handle’ foothills area of the Appalachian and the Allegheny Mountain Ranges. Shallow soils over sandstone and schist make up the majority of the soil profile.

Average rainfall:               1700mm pa
Elevation average:           350 metres


The oak is seasoned at the mill for two winters, prior to shipment to our cooperage in the Barossa. The oak then spends another two-to-six months in our seasoning yard for further conditioning, which further enhances the unique properties, and to stabilise the moisture content.

Technical Specification

Complete with stainless steel wire and carabiner (snap hook) for securing to existing rings, lugs or the tank lid. A.P. John packages ‘fans’ to ensure freshness and to keep packaging materials to a minimum, however we can pack to suit your individual requirements. No assembly is required.


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