CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
Are synthetic closures fine for wine that is to be drunk within a few months since the risk of oxidation is minimal?
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.
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.
Why is cork a good closure for wines?
Cork’s success over centuries lies in its unique physical properties that no man-made closure has been able to replicate: lightness, compressibility, elastic memory, gradual recovery, impermeability to liquids and resistance to wear, heat and rot.
Cork also allows a minute amount of oxygen to permeate into the wine after sealing. This appears to have a beneficial impact, but more research is needed to understand the full contribution of the cork to wine development.
In addition, the introduction of technical corks such as Twin Top, champagne corks and Neutrocork has extended the range of cork products available to suit each wine style and market segment.
With proper handling during and after bottling to ensure the best performance, cork is unsurpassed as a wine closure.
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