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Tonneau

French name for ton or barrel, from which also the today internationally usual designation tonnellerie (Fassbinderei) derives. In the Middle Ages Tonneau was in France a frequently used barrel type with 900 liters volume, which is mentioned in many old writings in connection with wine. He corresponded to the English Do (Volume). In addition, tonneau was also a ship's dimension, comparable to today's gross register tons. The barrel was too big for ship transport, so it was in two Douils to 450 liters or four Oxhofts divided into 225 liters each. Today Tonneau (in Médoc too charge ) mostly used as a unit of measurement, this also corresponds to 100 crates or 1,200 bottles of wine. However, there are drum producers who produce barrels of various sizes under this name. In the picture on the left is a Tonneaufass with 500 l volume and in comparison to one oak barrels displayed. See also below drum types and capacity measures,

Tonneaufass (500 l) and barrel barrel (225 l)

Picture: Mittelberger

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