The history of the wineskin is lost in the mists of time. There are written documents referring to wineskins which date back to Ancient Greece (Homer’s Odyssey relates how Odysseus makes the Cyclops Polyphemus drunk by giving him wine from wineskins) and the Bible (Noah’s sons inebriate him). Wineskins appear in Don Quixote (when the old nobleman destroys the innkeeper’s skins with his sword) and references multiply throughout the Golden Century of Spanish literature.
“…¡Oh bota que vas colgando del arzón de la silla, por si o por no, eres tan devota mía y te quiero tanto que te prodigo mil besos y mil abrazos, te elevo a las nubes con miedo que recojas el agua!…”.
El Quijote, Cervantes
WINESKIN. noun. A bag that is made from the skin of an animal (such as a goat) and that is used for holding wine.
"I went down the street looking for the shop that made leather winebottles. Then I asked a man and he took me by the arm and led me to it. Inside it smelled of fresh tanned leather and hot tar. A man was stencilling completed wine-skins. They hung from the roof in bunches…"
The sun also rises, Ernest Hemingway
Wine is arguably the most common beverage in the world, drinking it from a wineskin connects us with friends, with those sunny afternoons in the countryside, with our young selves visiting the local fair. The wineskin reminds us that more important than the drink itself is sharing moments. To talk about the wineskin is to dig deep in our traditions and in our shared history.
"Las Tres Z.Z.Z." has always been the wineskin top maker in the world. The finest materials, the extra care in the handmaking and the strict quality controls make each wineskin a unique item, for more than a century our wineskins have been widely renown.
The beginnings of our company can be traced back to the last third of the XIX century, more precisely in 1873, when Gregorio Pérez left Almudévar (Huesca) to settle in the city of Pamplona. Pérez was immediately called on by Eusebio Iglesias to enter in partnership and manufacture the wineskins which where destined to bring them international fame.
In 1902 Pérez changed the company name to LAS TRES Z.Z.Z. (The Three Z’s: after the Spanish word "zagalas": Eng: "lasses") on the birth of his female triplets (an extraordinary phenomenon at the time) on the 1st of February 1916.
The hands of an artisan are the tool of an extraordinary person that creates what his mind imagines. There is craftsmanship and love behind each piece, behind each wineskin.
The true "Las Tres ZZZ" wineskin is made with authentic high quality goatskins, using a totally handmade process from start to finish. The goatskin is tanned with plants and it’s free of stains and tears.
A unique piece, designed and created to enjoy, more than ever, classic but also present moments.
Authentic goatskin. Handmade plant based tanning. Triple seams. Bakelite hermetic top nozzle with clasp.
Natural pitch interior: recommended for wine and liquors of up to 30º alcohol.
Latex interior: recommended for any type of drink, waters, liquors, soft drinks, fizzy drinks...
Authentic first-class goatskin, treated against impregnation. Sealed with pitch. Recommended for wine.
Made with hard-wearing "buflon". Sealed with double-thickness latex. Recommended for any type of drinks.
Long lasting. Made of crêpe and lined with corduroy. Can be put in water to cool content. Specially made for outdoor activities. For any type of drinks.
All-terrain" wineskin with great resistance. The neoprene on the outside provides a thermal barrier superior to other wineskins. It can be put in the fridge and in the water. Ideal wineskin to take to go hiking, since its resistance and its thermal barrier will maintain the drink cold more time. The interior of latex allows the wineskin to admit any drink.
Remove the paper that covers the opening.
Heat de wineskin either in the sun or over a radiator.
Rub the seam well.
Inflate the wineskin by blowing gently through the nozzle. Do not overdo it. In the case it offers some difficulty, heat it again.
Fill with a glass of water. Do not worry if some drops of water leak at the beginning. This will happen until the seam tightens and seals.
Pour in some wine and leave it placed sideways for 5 to 6 days so that the wine is entirely in contact with the interior.
Pour out this first lot of wine. It is now ready to be used. For the first few days, it is best to frequently change the wine. Make sure that the inner sides of the skin do not touch during these first few days.
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The wine has turn bad
Empty the wineskin completely. Pour in a glass of water with a tablespoon of baking soda. Shake with the water and baking soda inside. Empty the wineskin and rince several times with clear water. Let dry and fill with wine again.
How to store the wineskin for a long time
If the wineskin is not going to be used for a long time, it’s better to store it empty and dry. Once it’s completely dry we can store it in a cool dry place, flat side down, and we must remember to flip sides from time to time. If you are going to use it again, use the first steps from the manual as if it was a new wineskin (you can skip the wine proofing).
The pitch has accumulated at the bottom of the wineskin. What to do?
First preheat the oven (never use a microwave) at 100° C (200° F). Once the oven has reached the desired temperature put in the wineskin for 5 minutes. When it’s out you have to spread evenly the pitch, one way of doing that is to sit on the wineskin (please be careful not to burn yourself), then you need to rub the seams well so they are sealed with the pitch. Inflate the wineskin and let it cool, the problem should be resolved and the wineskin ready to use again.
Is it necessary for preserving the winsekin to grease the exterior?
We do not recommend greasing the wineskins, it’s not necessary. If you feel the need to grease it, please use a food-grade product as the wineskin is porous. Some people use banana skins to rub the wineskins to protect and giving it a nice color.
How long can I store the wine in the wineskin before it turns sour?
It depends on a lot of things like the temperature, the alcohol percentage, the quantity of wine... If the wineskin is used every week the wine should be OK, if you’re not going to use it regularly you should be careful.
How do I store the wineskin on a daily basis: full? empty? flat? standing?
It’s best to store it flat, as the pitch tends to accumulate on the bottom due to gravity. If you switch sides regularly the wineskin will last for many years. If you store the wineskin standing or hanging and the pitch accumulates on the bottom please follow the steps as described above.
What is the pitch made of?
Pitch is a resinous product extracted from trees, mainly pine and juniper. Purified at very high temperatures with barks and fruits, it’s a natural waterproofing material that has been used since ancient times, with references in the Bible and the Homer’s Odyssey.
Is the wineskin better with pitch or latex interior?
It depends on the usage of the wineskin. The "Las Tres ZZZ" wineskins are of the same quality except the interior. The latex interior lining is specially recommended for beberages that the pitch lining will not support: fizzy drinks and drinks with 30 percent alcohol or more. Latex is also recommended to store water as it will not change the taste.
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