CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
What are the main characteristics of cork?
Cork is a very light raw material, weighing just 0.16 grams per cubic centimetre, and can float.
Each cork stopper is made up of around 800 million watertight cells. Among them is a gaseous mixture which allows it to be compressed to around half its thickness, without losing any flexibility, and to be decompressed and return to its original shape. This is what is called an elastic memory. Cork is the only solid which when compressed on one side, does not increase in volume on the other. This feature enables it to adapt to variations in temperature and pressure, without compromising its integrity as a stopper.
Thanks to the suberin and ceroids, it is practically impermeable to liquids and gases.
Cork is highly resistant to moisture, and therefore to subsequent oxidation and decay.
Cork is an excellent thermal, acoustic and vibration insulator. In relation to wine, the insulating properties of cork contribute to cork stoppers being the best protection against variations in temperature.
Biodegradable, recyclable and renewable
Cork is a natural raw material which is 100% biodegradable, recyclable and renewable. A recycled cork stopper is never used to manufacture a new stopper, but its recycling has endless uses, from materials for construction, fashion, sport, art, the aeronautics industry, among others.
Why is the cork oak called Quercus suber L.?
The name Quercus suber L. derives from Linnaeus, who was the first botanist to describe the species.
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