CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
As knowledge of wine chemistry advances, will it be possible to determine the desired amount of post bottling oxygen ingress for any wine and choose a screwcap or technical cork of a particular permeability to suit?
Post-bottling wine chemistry is a very complex issue and we are still a long way from understanding all the factors at play let alone controlling them for each wine style, region and vintage. Cork, on the other hand, has been doing a remarkably good job for centuries. As we understand it better we are able to further improve its performance.
“To try and make one extremely low permeability closure to suit all wines is going to lead to variability of results not between individual bottles, but wine to wine.… To require wines to be completely free of any sulphide precursors will place demands which at this point in time we are unable to (and may not wish to) consistently fulfil as winemakers.
A. Limmer, ‘Do corks breathe? Or the origin of SLO’, Aust. & NZ Grapegrower and Winemaker, Annual Technical Issue 2005
Are synthetic closures also environmentally friendly because they are recyclable?
Unlike cork, synthetic closures are not natural, renewable or biodegradable, and their production adds to greenhouse emissions.
The synthetic materials may be recyclable but efforts to establish recycling of synthetic closures have failed because it is uneconomic.
No closure can match cork as a sustainable form of packaging, a matter of increasing importance to many consumers.
A Cork Comeback08/10/2013
After a journey to Portugal and to Amorim facilities, Tal Gal Cohen and Snow Shai present: “A Cork Comeback” part of web series “Wine Passions”.
Amorim and O-I Launch Wine Packaging Innovation17/06/2013
HELIX, the cork & glass solution with an ‘unexpected twist’
Corticeira Amorim nominated finalist of the European Business Awards, in the Top 10 Innovative Companies11/01/2013
Corticeira Amorim is one of the 10 selected finalists in the Innovation category, an award rewarding excellence associated with innovation, based on strict ethical principles.
Cork used in state-of-the-art Siemens metro07/01/2013
Amorim provided solutions for the state-of-the-art Inspiro metro, designed by Siemens to be one of the most efficient and sustainable vehicles of its kind, boasting cutting-edge design.
Seal of Sustainability awarded to Corticeira Amorim25/09/2012
Corticeira Amorim acknowledged by the Portuguese Platform for Sustainable Construction as the only gold level company
Anna Loskiewicz, winner of Vitra Design Museum competition12/09/2012
367 projects from 39 countries have responded to the challenge launched by Vitra Design Museum and Domaine de Boisbuchet in partnership with Corticeira Amorim.
Ana Loskiewicz, a Polish designer, is the winner of a competition sponsored by Corticeira Amorim.
Leading Australian winery returns to cork30/07/2012
Leading Australian winery Rusden Wines has announced it is giving up on screwcap closures after five years as a result of persistent quality control issues and will now bottle its entire product range under cork.
Habitable sculptural module made of cork on display in Guimaraes, Portugal09/07/2012
Shelter by GG, a habitable module made of cork, was designed by Gabriela Gomes and is now displayed at Guimarães, the European Capital of Culture. Designed with cork from Corticeira Amorim.
Vitra Design Museum launches a competition in partnership with Corticeira Amorim20/06/2012
Vitra Design Museum launches a competition in partnership with Corticeira Amorim. The Vitra Design Museum in partnership with Corticeira Amorim has recently launched a competition challenging designers from all over the world to design new and innovative uses for cork.
Presentation of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, lined with cork from Amorim04/06/2012
The Pavilion will be open to the public until 14 October 2012 in London. The opening event of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion on the 1st of June was reported by 135 journalists. This is a true showcase for Portuguese natural cork.
Amorim, New Supporter of the Wine & Spirit education Trust16/05/2012
The world’s leading cork producer Amorim has become the latest wine trade company officially to support the Wine & Spirit Education Trust world-wide.
Cork featured at Serpentine Gallery Pavilion08/05/2012
Cork has been selected as the distinctive design element for the 2012 architectural presentation at the renowned Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London.