"The Wine Barrel Furniture Co. was really born out of my passion for design, quality craftsmanship, and of course...wine."
The Wine Barrel Furniture Company was born out of passion;
a passion for design, quality craftsmanship, and of course...wine.
After a keen interest in wine was sparked by years in the restaurant trade, Allan Gledson moved to Australia in 2004 to follow the dream of making wine, rather than selling it. Whilst in Australia, Allan was lucky enough to work at some of the finest wineries in the region and became the Cellar Master at Western Australia's oldest cool climate vineyard and winery.
In 2014 Allan moved back to the UK to start an exciting new chapter, combining his love of wine and woodwork, to create bespoke furniture for wine lovers. The last 7 years has seen the business go from strength to strength, bringing in brand new designs and sending unique pieces of furniture to customers all over the globe.
In September 2020 the company took another exciting leap forward;
Rewind to 2017 and David Forbes first saw Allan's furniture when he walked past a pop up shop in Victoria Gate, Leeds, and he instantly fell in love with the twist on woodwork and wine. At the time David was studying carpentry, and within a few months of their chance meeting he was onboard, full time in the Wine Barrel Furniture Co. workshop.
With David's passion, knowledge, and skills growing, coupled with Allan's move back to Australia, it was the perfect time to expand the business and form a partnership. This means the company not only will be introducing its bespoke furniture to Australia, but our doors will be staying well and truly open where it all began, right here in Yorkshire.
Every single piece of furniture is designed and made to order by Allan, David, and their small team of craftsmen,
and can be customised to your individual needs and taste.
We only source the finest wine barrels for our furniture.
We exclusively use premium French oak, ex red wine barrels, predominantly sourcing them from
wineries in Bordeaux and Burgundy.
Why only red wine barrels? Simple; we want the amazingly rich, deep red staining on the inside of
the barrel that is left after typically 7 years of red wine being inside.
This red wine staining means that no two barrels are ever identical, and each one is totally unique
thanks to the type of wine that was aged in the barrel.
When we have hand picked the wine barrels we want, they then go into our 'barrel hall'. Here they will spend around 3 months, stacked on traditional stillage, to allow the moisture content of the oak to reach the ideal moisture content for furniture making. What does this really mean? It means our furniture will last a lifetime.
From here it's into our small workshop where we remove the hoops, refurbish the staves, rebuild the barrel with the original hoops, then the real fun begins...
Next we will actually start to turn the barrel into a bespoke piece of furniture,
to the exact specification of that individual customer.
The result is a totally unique piece of furniture, hand made with passion and attention to detail in Yorkshire,
that will last a lifetime.
Since we use products reclaimed from the wine making industry, we have a definite focus on being green.
We do this primarily by producing zero waste. We use 100% of each and every wine barrel.
Here's how we use each individual part of the barrel:
Head boards - Stool seats and coasters
Hoops - Light balls
Staves - Easels and candle holders
Off cuts - BBQ smoking chips, and heating for our workshop's log burner
We take great pride in our furniture, and we want your entire experience with us to be both enjoyable, and hassle free.
For that reason we do the majority of our deliveries in the UK ourselves.
This ensures that your furniture reaches you in pristine condition.
We'll carry it inside, and place it exactly where you want it to go. You have to do... nothing.
We also regularly ship our furniture across the world.
For a quote for delivery outside the UK please simply contact us.
Using sea freight is often a lot more affordable than you may imagine.