CO2 Released by artificial stoppers
CO2 retained by cork stoppers
The cork suppliers ignored the problems for too long, because they had a monopoly and they still haven’t fixed the problems. Have things really changed?
It is true that the cork industry as a whole was too slow in responding to the problem of TCA. That has all changed and a huge R&D effort is devoted to improving cork quality.
The emergence of alternative closures was a wake-up call to the cork industry. Competition has been good for quality.
The problem of TCA in cork has been effectively addressed, while problems with alternative closures persist; in fact, screwcap proponents are in denial about the problems being encountered.
How many times can a cork oak be stripped?
Over the course of its lifetime, a cork oak may be stripped around 17 times, at intervals of at least nine years, which means that the harvesting of the cork will last 150 years, on average.
The first stripping is called "desbóia" from which the virgin cork is obtained, which has a highly irregular structure and hardness that make it difficult to process.
Nine years later, when the second stripping takes place, the cork, known as "secundeira", has a regular structure which is not as hard.
The cork from these first two harvests is not fit for the manufacture of stoppers and thus used in other applications for insulation, flooring, decorative items, among others.
From the third and following strippings the "amadia" or reproduction cork is obtained. This cork has a regular structure, with a flat front and back and the ideal characteristics for the production of natural, quality cork stoppers.
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.
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