This wine barrel is the real deal! It is an authentic wood wine barrel and you will smell the wine when you set it up. We have not altered the wine barrels they are in their natural state. They are not cleaned, polished or sanded. We wanted to leave them in their "original state" so you can enjoy the authenticity! This product will last for many years providing ambiance and beauty. We also supply 1/2" green fire glass to finish off your fire pit. So easy to just set up, add glass, light up and enjoy!