CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
Most wines are drunk within months of bottling, so isn’t the question of ageing and the contribution of the closure to wine development irrelevant?
Winemakers may make recommendations, but they cannot control when a wine is to be drunk. They must be confident that the closure will last the distance, regardless of when the wine is to be drunk. Cork has proven itself to be an effective seal on wine stored for decades. Technical corks such as Twin Top, which are designed for short-to medium-term cellaring, are still performing well in comparative trials, even after 5 years.
Winemakers can use cork confident in the knowledge that it will perform well, regardless of when the wine is to be drunk, without the risk of premature oxidation or sulphide-like odours associated with other closures.
Which is the largest and oldest cork oak in the world?
The oldest and most productive cork oak in the world is the Whistler Tree, in Águas de Moura, in the Alentejo. The cork oak was planted in 1783, stands over 14 metres tall and the perimeter of its trunk is 4.15 metres. Its name comes from the noise made by the numerous songbirds that shelter among its branches. Since 1820, it has been harvested over twenty times. Its 1991 harvest produced 1,200 kg of cork, more than most cork oaks yield in a lifetime. This single harvest produced over one hundred thousand cork stoppers.
When it comes to wine closures, Amorim is worlds apart and our new video shows it28/01/2016
Amorim is the largest producer and supplier of cork stoppers worldwide and in whom the main wine producers trust.
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