Botte, (plural ‘botti’) Italian term defined by Nicolas Belfrage MW as a large wooden cask or ‘wooden barrel of wide-ranging capacity, from around 10 to 100 hectolitres or more; traditionally chestnut [‘castagno’], or, more recently, of oak from Slavonia, more recently still of oak from France,’ and presumably from the same root as butt (Oxford Companion, 2015).


Nicolas Belfrage MW, From Brunello to Zibibbo—The Wines of Tuscany, Central and Southern Italy (2nd edition, London, 2003), p461.

Oxford Companion to Wine 4th edition ed. Jancis Robinson MW and Julia Harding MW (Oxford University Press, 2015), p100.