Category: Earthquake

TOPCO Problem Solving: Earthquake Damaged Barrel Racks

Topco, Inc. would like to offer a solution for barrel racks that were damaged in the recent Napa earthquake.

We want to help you rebuild.

Did you know that you can save money and over all losses by having us repair your damaged barrel racks? This is a much simpler solution than just out right replacing them all brand new.


All you have to do is call us up and tell us your story. At our expense, we will come out and pick up all your damaged racks. Once delivered to our manufacturing plant we will assess what can be salvaged. We blast the racks, assess the damage, deconstruct for useable materials, then reassemble with a new powder coat finish if not stainless steel.

This process saves you not only you money, but additional resources from being unnecessarily used.Broken-Stack

Re-Manufacturing services include:

– Changing single cross bar racks into double cross bar racks.

– Converting 2 barrel racks into four barrel racks (4 barrel racks are known to be more stable during an earthquake than 2 barrel racks).

– Re-powder coat.

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We can fix these!

TOPCAP – Seismic Wine Barrel Rack Holder

Earthquakes are inevitable in California and occur without warning.  Just such a disaster occurred last Sunday morning in Napa, California.

During an earthquake, wine cellars with barrels stacked on racks 4 to 6 high, begin rocking back and fourth violently. The result is that the top barrels become ejected from the stack. Followed by the rest of the barrels and racks to come tumbling down.

Case studies have shown that when the top barrels are secured, the stack has a much better chance of remaining upright.

Seismic Response Mechanism

Our Solution: The TOPCAP

This is a rack with a strap designed to reduce the risks involved with the top barrels falling during an earthquake and everyday service.

♦ Simple and effective design.

♦ Requires only one person to install and remove.

♦ Lightweight approximately 15 pounds.

♦ Works with all common racks and sizes, 2 and 4 barrels.

♦ Design based on testing and research performed at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California.

♦ Inexpensive “insurance” against earthquakes.

Seismic Wine Barrel Holder

Seismic Wine Barrel Holder

Earthquake Risk Managment

Earthquakes have long been feared as one of natures most terrifying and powerful phenomena. Although earthquakes cannot be prevented, modern science and engineering provide tools that can be used to reduce their effects.

A winery is a fragile production facility. Everyone needs to do their part to ensure that their winery is not left for loss in the next earthquake. The “TOPCAP” helps to protect your wine barrel stacks to enable you to accomplish the first essential step in winery risk management.


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WR4 – Four Barrel Rack

The Four Barrel Rack is the best option as far as cellar safety. The larger size has been proven to hold up to earthquakes better than the 2 barrel option.