Since ancient times, a wide variety of woods from the tree species acacia, eucalyptus, chestnut, cherry, palm, pine and cedar have been used for the production of wine barrels. Wooden barrels were hardly known in ancient Greece, but the Greek historian Herodotus (482-425 B.C.) reports of such barrels made from palm wood in the city of Babylon. It is considered fairly certain that the Celts were already using wooden barrels for transport two to a thousand years before the era, and that the Romans took over this craft from them. However, the most suitable wood for wine storage or barrique ageing is oak. It is one of the hardest woods, is tough, very durable and yet easy to work. In addition, the nature of the ring-shaped pores prevents liquids from passing through the wood. This is ideal for building all kinds of vessels, especially barrels.