Founded more than a century ago by Auguste Nadalié in Montpellier, France, Nadalié continues to be family-owned and -operated five generations later. In 1980, it became the first French cooperage to open an American production facility in the heart of Napa Valley (in Calistoga, Calif.).Today, Nadalié USA produces American and Eastern European oak barrels, while its two cooperages in France produce French oak barrels. The company has facilities in France, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Minnesota, Croatia, Chile, and Australia, and it sources American oak from forests in Missouri, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, as well as French oak and European oak (from Slavonia and Hungary).
Vincent Nadalié, president of the U.S. division of the company and the Nadalié Stave Mill in Kittaning, Penn., credits the cooperage’s success to its focus on craftsmanship, customer service, and a highly personalized approach to business. “It extends well beyond the time in which a client orders a barrel or oak alternative, and receives delivery of the product,” he says. While wood-aging wine is a time-honored art requiring precision, attention to detail, and the best materials, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, and Nadalié’s business underlines that.
About 30 years ago in the United States, Nadalié debuted its Oak Add Ins Range, produced at its stave mill with American oak, and in Ludon-Medoc with French oak. The Add Ins line is produced with the same wood (often 100 years old or more) and the same oak fire toasting process as its barrels, meaning no wood goes to waste.
In 2018, Vincent and his three older siblings purchased the Nadalié company from their parents, and they strive to honor previous generations while also looking ahead. “The Nadalié name has a reputation for the highest quality products and reliability,” he explains. “Being honored by winning two categories tells us that clients know we’re a brand they can consistently trust. We cherish the opportunity to work with clients who want to use our products to produce their finest wines and spirits. We consider it a partnership.”