DAMAJUANA ¿DO YOU KNOW ITS HISTORY?
A demi-john (damajuana in Spanish) is a glass vessel that has been very important, for centuries, for the storage of liquids, wine in particular.
Its name comes from the French dame-jeanne. It is said that comes from the anecdote that tells that the Queen Jeanne I de Nápoles, after her visit to a master glazier workshop wanted to blow her own glass bottle and she made one of a capacity of 10 litres, much larger than the average size and from that moment on all glass vessels produced of that kind were called “dame-jeanne” .
From many years ago it has been used by small wineries to storage the wine that could not be kept inside because of the space limitations. This resulted into a process known as “sol y serena”, that produced oxidative wines, due to the sun during the day and the humidity during the night.
Nowadays there are some wineries that still use them following this process to produce wines that are called “vinos rancios”.