PurityPlus® Argon: Winona Winemakers Specialty Gas of Choice

Nitrogen (N2) might be the more familiar of the noble gases used to blanket and preserve the food we eat and drink. It’s useful in winemaking, too. But winemakers normally go with argon (Ar) for blanketing wine tanks, carboys, and barrels. That, at any rate, is the prevailing opinion of Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc. winemaking customers here in Winona. What draws them to Argon are these attributes: 1) unlike oxygen, argon won’t react with wine to bring about any disagreeable characteristics; and 2) argon is heavier than oxygen. Its elevated density ensures that more of the gas will be in longer contact with the surface of the wine, thus banishing more oxygen (and its damaging effects) as well as thwarting microbial spoilage. Of course, nothing preserves wine and defends it against O2 better than just topping it off in whatever it holds. If that’s not feasible, though – and just as an added backstop – it’s argon to the rescue!
Applying argon to purge the headspace in wine containers, whatever they might be, removes oxygen by raising it and whisking it away. This process is normally called flushing or sparging, and it’s quite effective. The displacement of oxygen by argon (or another such inert gas) permits wine to be suitably aged or held safely in storage for indefinite periods of time.
Suffice it to say, Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc. has been a leading producer of PurityPlus® argon (and nitrogen and other such preservation gases) to the Winona food and beverage industry ever since we began trading in the marketplace. We’ve become a highly regarded source of these gases. So if winemaking is your profession, turn to Mississippi Welders Supply Co., Inc., your Winona PurityPlus® Partner, for a steady, reliable source of the argon that’ll keep your wine flowing pure!