PurityPlus® Argon: Riverside Winemakers Specialty Gas of Choice

Nitrogen (N2) is likely the more familiar of the noble gases employed to blanket and protect the food we eat and drink. It’s useful in winemaking, too. But winemakers typically pick argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That’s the consensus, at any rate of Elite Air winemaking customers here in Riverside. What they prize about Argon is twofold: 1) unlike oxygen, argon will not react with wine to produce any negative characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its elevated density sees to it that more of the gas will be in extended contact with the surface of the wine, thus barring more oxygen (and its harmful effects) as well as impeding microbial spoilage. Of course, nothing preserves wine and safeguards it from O2 better than simply topping it off in whatever it contains. If that isn’t manageable, though – and just as an extra bit of insurance – it’s argon to the rescue!
Making use of argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, regardless of what sort they are, gets rid of 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 another such inert gas) allows wine to be sufficiently aged or maintained safely in storage for indefinite periods of time.
We’ll merely observe here that Elite Air has been a major provider of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Riverside food and beverage industry from our earliest days. We’ve become a much sought-out source of these gases. So if winemaking is your business, contact Elite Air, your Riverside PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, dependable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!