Corks

Cork stands out because of all its qualities and properties such as its flexibility, lightness and elasticity, with the added bonus of it being a natural product that can be recycled, re-used and renewed. These qualities are what make cork the ideal material to use as stoppers for wine bottles.

Wine corks can be made of either a single piece ...

Cork stands out because of all its qualities and properties such as its flexibility, lightness and elasticity, with the added bonus of it being a natural product that can be recycled, re-used and renewed. These qualities are what make cork the ideal material to use as stoppers for wine bottles.

Wine corks can be made of either a single piece of cork, or composed of particles, as in champagne corks; corks made of granular particles are called "technical corks".

After a decline in use as wine-stoppers due to the increase in the use of cheaper synthetic alternatives, cork wine-stoppers have made a comeback and currently represent 60% of wine-stoppers.

Because of the cellular structure of cork, it is easily compressed when inserted into a bottle and will expand to form a tight seal which in turn aids in preserving freshness, maturity and quality of the product as well as oxygenation in the correct dosage.

All these qualities have turned cork into the most popularly chosen stoppers world wide, its relationship with wine established three centuries ago. Studies have proven that more than 75% of consumers prefer cork stoppers over silicone, and the kind of stopper used on a bottle is a major deciding factor on what wine they choose to buy, making this product incomparable and irreplaceable to wine makers, as well as being the product of choice for consumers.

Cork stoppers have become the biggest emerging application of cork in Portugal and there are various types of cork stoppers:

* Naturals;
* Technical;
* Capsulated;
* Tapered.

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  • Natural & Colmated Corks

    Natural cork stoppers allow for an excellent conservation of the wine that will maintain for shorter or longer periods of time, as long as the quality of the cork is high and the wine is kept in ideal preservation conditions.

    Being a natural product, it adapts well to any irregularity of the bottle opening, even if it dilates or contracts through atmospheric changes to the temperature, while bottling occurs or during transportation.

    This type of bottle seal aids in the process of wine maturation, assuring the wine ages gracefully and is the ideal stopper for wines while refraining from altering any of its components. Only the natural cork stopper can provide the balance needed to store a wine for the period of time the wine producer intended, allowing the wine to form its natural aroma and bouquet while it is inside the bottle.

    These corks are more widely used for sealing wine bottles since these provide perfect conditions for wine maturation and the ideal amount of oxygen is let in, that will aid in the maturing of the wine intended to be consumed in years from now. The natural cork stoppers are different in that they are made out of natural components that allow the stoppers to easily adapt to their surroundings and atmosphere.

    In order to obtain the technical specifications and further information such as requirements values etc. Please fill in our enquiry request form with your information and enquiries.

  • Technical Corks

    These are specifically created for the sake of preserving wines for a shorter period of time, ie: 2- 3 years.

    This type of cork is considered to be quite stable and resistant to the process it is put through when it is bottled and also when it is removed from the bottle, proving to be excellent stoppers by maintaining the levels of S02 inside the bottles needed to preserve the wine.

    These corks are comprised of agglomerated corks on the surface with natural cork discs being attached to either one or both sides. There can be different types of technical corks, depending on the placement of the disks. The corks with a disc on each end are called technical 1+1. The ones with two discs on just one end of the cork are 2+0, and finally with two discs on either end are called technical 2+2. These diss are glued to the cork using FDA approved glue, safe for use in products associated with food and drink. They are considered to be very efficient and aid in preventing untimely oxidation of the wines.

    In order to obtain the technical specifications and further information such as requirements values etc. Please fill in our enquiry request form with your information and enquiries.

  • Capsulated Corks

    The capsulated cork is a natural cork stopper (or colmated), on which is placed a capsule on top. This capsule is normally manufactured in PVC. This is a cork stopper that is generally used in liquor bottles, or in spirits that are intended for almost immediate consumption. The biggest examples of this are spirits like: Port wine, Calvados, Moscatel, Whisky, Vodka, Cognac, Armagnac, Brandy and also many eau-de-vies and liquors.

    The capsulated cork is very practical, as it allows for easy reuse, an important factor for bottles whose content isn't consumed all at once.

    In order to obtain the technical specifications and further information such as requirements values etc. Please fill in our enquiry request form with your information and enquiries.

  • Tapered Corks

    The Conical cork stoppers have multiple and simple uses including manual bottling, pharmacies, laboratories, industry of essential oils and perfumes.

    In order to obtain the technical specifications and further information such as requirements values etc. Please fill in our enquiry request form with your information and enquiries.

  • Stencil

    As part of our cork stoppers category, we also have a cliché option for winemakers wishing to purchase signature corks with their own brands, year, logos or designs.

    A cliché is what we call a cork printer. Marks on corks can be done using fire / direct flame or using a zink plate that marks the stoppers with ink. Both options comply with standard food and hygiene laws and safety precautions.

    This gives wine producers a chance to personalize their corks, leaving their mark on them, year of produce or company logo, brand or name.