CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
Scientific trials have shown that screwcaps outperform all other closures, including cork. Doesn’t that confirm they are the best closure?
Scientific trials such as the AWRI’s comparative closure trial have concluded that there is no such thing as a perfect closure.
“No one closure tested in this study could be considered entirely suitable by all criteria assessed, for the long term storage of wine.”
AWRI media release, ‘First results of the AWRI wine bottle closure trial published 12 July 2001’
Corks, especially Twin Top, performed at or near the top on all key parameters, without the presence of sulphide-like odours or premature oxidation. Even after 63 months, Twin Top continues to perform well.
According to the former director of the AWRI, Professor Peter Hoj, all closures can be improved:
“All could perform better: cork producers needing to go further in reducing taint; screwcap producers having ‘a long way to go’ to improve liners and gas exchange, and also in preventing damage to caps when knocked; and synthetics are still considered to ‘scalp’ flavour from wine”
Prof. Peter Hoj, quoted in ‘Australia pulls out the stoppers’, Chris Snow, Herald Sun, 11 September 2004, p94
Where does cork come from?
Cork is stripped from the trunk of the Cork Oak every nine years, without damaging the tree. The largest areas of cork oak forest are in Western Mediterranean countries: Portugal, Spain, Italy, France, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
Stefanie Costa and Paulo Castro students of Universidade de Aveiro won the first prize at the Glassberries Design Awards08/06/2015
A cerimónia de entrega de prémios teve lugar pela primeira vez em Madrid, numa gala aberta ao público no Medialab-Prado.
Brazil: Cork Stoppers mean quality wines16/02/2015
Consumers believe that cork best preserves the natural properties of wines.
Recycling of Cork Stoppers in France reverts to the fight against cancer29/01/2015
In the framework of the Ecobouchon recycling programme, Amorim Cork France collected 46 tons of cork stoppers.
Amorim Cork South Africa supports the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme05/01/2015
Amorim Cork South Africa has associated itself to The Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme – a reputable training and mentoring initiative for future winemakers and vineyard owners.
A toast to cork!
High in the mountains of Portugal's Algarve region, correspondent Martha Teichner finds herself in “what feels like a misty, magic forest, where giant cork trees grow”.
The cork oak and natural cork play an instrumental role in the fight against climate changes01/10/2014
A well-managed cork oak forest can sequester 14.7 tons of CO2 per hectare and per year
Natural cork closure adds value to the average price of a bottle and is a convincing sales pitch15/09/2014
A trend analysis using data from AC Nielsen on the TOP 100-selling premium wine brands in the USA shows that since 2010, the year when the study began, there has been a significant 30% increase in the market share of wines sealed with natural cork compared to a 9% increase in wines bottled with alternative wine closures.
Ervideira and Corticeira Amorim present Helix at El Corte Inglés08/09/2014
The first major wine packaging innovation of the 21st century was presented on the 24th of July by Ervideira (a wine producer in the region of Alentejo) and Corticeira Amorim at El Corte Inglés, in Lisbon.
Veuve Clicquot Cave Privée25/07/2014
350 bottles of Champagne were submerged into the sea at a depth of 43 m, in total darkness and a constant water temperature of around 4-6°C
Metamorphosis: Innovation and Creativity15/07/2014
The result of a process of research and development around the cork potential
At drinks retailing awards at London15/07/2014
Cork to create a unique dress, created by the renowned designer Kevin Freeman
Cork synonymous with quality15/07/2014
Consumer surveys show that consistently and in different markets – USA, Australia, Germany and China – the cork stopper is a powerful selling point