Definition of cooperage in US English:



  • 1A cooper's business or premises.

    • ‘Heading down a different trail, I passed by an old cooperage and other lime production ruins before making it back to the car at about 2.30 pm.’
    • ‘He started as a teenager working for his family's wooden barrel plant, a historical cooperage that the logger is now trying to convert into a working museum.’
    • ‘The factory held three or four bonded warehouses, administrative offices, a bottling plant, a small cooperage, and an enormous vatting and blending operation.’
    • ‘An old cooperage behind the Scottish Fisheries Museum accommodates Peter Jukes' lauded seafood restaurant.’
    • ‘The place has its own state-of-the-art winery, its own cooperage to ensure flavour and complexity, its own chef to educate consumers on the perfect blend of food and wine. It's all part of a worldwide trend.’
    • ‘Canadian distilleries had their own cooperages and offered their clients money in return for the barrels.’
    • ‘Within a few years, he had set up his own cooperage.’
    • ‘As not every tree in an auction lot can be used for staves, French cooperages usually work with wood brokers who have other customers.’
    • ‘It is also possible to visit a large cooperage, and watch the process of making barrels.’
    • ‘In the course of the ceremony, he will be rolled down the yard of the cooperage in his barrel.’
    • ‘There are also operating businesses - a bakery, cooperage and livery stables.’
    • ‘Roger's interest in his family's early history on Cape Ann led him to purchase the cooperage and tool shop built by Isabel's son James Babson in 1658.’
    1. 1.1 The making of barrels and casks.
      • ‘By 1865 the mill had expanded to carry out lead refining, ‘white’ and ‘red’ lead production, paint grinding and cooperage.’
      • ‘We're even running out of traditional cooperage skills to ‘raise up’ the barrels imported from American whiskey and Spanish sherry production.’
      • ‘As a final part of the cooperage process, a fire is lit under the upturned barrel and this is what gives toasted flavours to a wood-aged Chardonnay.’
      • ‘Barrel making, known as cooperage, is an art form that is practiced by a small handful of craftsman around the world, which is surprising considering how vital it is to the wine and spirit markets.’