CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
What is stripping?
Stripping is the ancient process of extracting the bark of the cork oak - the cork. This work is done by specialised professionals, with absolute precision, who use just a single tool: the axe.
This delicate operation takes place between May and August, when the tree is at its most active time of growth and it is easier to remove the bark from the trunk. Harvesting cork is the world’s best paid seasonal agricultural job.
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
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”.
El Corte Inglés hosts Ervideira's worldwide launch of Helix08/09/2014
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.
El Corte Inglés hosts Ervideira's worldwide launch of Helix30/07/2014
Ervideira wines are the first to use an innovative solution developed by the North American Owens-Illinois and the Portuguese cork producer Corticeira Amorim
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
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.