Wine Bottle Corks, Wine Corkers & Wine Closures
A seemingly small but essential part of wine bottling, and one we just love to say because of the way it rolls off the tongue, is "corks, corkers and closures" or, as Gert has occasionally been overheard to say, "si, si, si!" It's interesting that si, si, si means yes, yes, yes in Italy, which is where one of his favorite floor corkers is made.
Did you know that Portugal makes over 50% of corks used world wide? Spain comes in second at about 30%.
Natural: 20+ years; cut from one sheet of cork bark
1+1, Duo: 4 years; natural cork ends with agglomerated center
Colmated: 3-4 years; cork pieces with resin bonding to fill-in gaps
Synthetic: 4+ years; engineered plastic
Agglomerated: 2 years; particle cork with glue and resin bonding to fill-in gaps