Cork from Portugal – nothing gets thrown away!

Because cork is a natural product that can only be harvested from one kind of oak tree, there is a limited supply. It is also quite expensive to harvest from the trees, as the bark has to be removed by hand. This means that cork is not a cheap raw material! It has unique properties and has a certain beauty … Read More

Expanded cork board prices

Here is our price list for expanded cork board (also known as black cork). The prices are per m2 and some minimum order quantities apply according to thickness. Our products will be delivered direct from the factory in Portugal to your address – we have extremely competitive shipping costs to the UK, northern Europe and beyond, so please ask us … Read More

Natural wine corks classification

Natural wine corks are still used to seal the vast majority of the world’s best wines, because all the other solutions (either synthetic or other cork options, such as micro-agglomerated, normal agglomerated or 1+1 technical corks) do not offer the unique properties that natural cork offers as well as the cosmetic appeal. We are not going to look at which … Read More

Used brandy oak casks available for sale

Our local cooperage has 350 used brandy oak casks (500 litres) available for sale. Price is €180 per cask ex works. All broken staves will be repaired by the cooperage. Please contact us at charles@corklink.com if you are interested. We are able to supply a broad range of casks new and used (particularly from the port wine trade), so if … Read More

Cork as an environmentally friendly choice

It is great to see people from outside the cork industry talk about the benefits to the planet of using cork rather than synthetic alternatives – this is true for cork closures for wine bottles and of course for its other uses such as insulation or flooring. Elizabeth Royte has recently written a fantastic article for onearth magazine , in … Read More

Ecorkhotel in Evora with expanded cork external cladding

On top of a haystack, five kilometers from Evora, the Ecorkhotel has been built, with the principal external walls clad in expanded cork. It is a four-star hotel, located in Évora an area rich in cork forests, where the ferocious summer heat can make building insulation a very important factor. The hotel as used the concept of Eco Tourism as … Read More

Tapered / conical corks supplier direct from Portugal

We have been selling a lot of tapered or conical corks recently in both agglomerated and natural cork. Generally we do not work from stock and for orders of the larger conical corks we can make up orders of just 1000. There is a sizing system for conical corks which is detailed below. Generally we can produce an order in … Read More

Screw cap threat drives cork innovation

Five to ten years ago there were various people declaring that the cork industry would be largely consigned to history as screw caps take over from cork stoppers for wine bottles, but in fact over recent years corks have been increasing their share of the market rather than losing it. The truth is that the major players in the cork … Read More

Expanded cork – how it is made

Expanded cork (or black cork) is made from the bark of the cork tree that is of too poor a quality to be used for making natural wine corks. Principally this is from branches that are pruned from cork trees (see photo below), fire damaged cork from forrest fires and ‘virgin’ cork (the cork that come from the first harvest … Read More

Agglomerated cork blocks produced using a mould

In recent years there has been a lot of development in using cork agglomerate in innovative ways, by mixing different kinds of corks granules, adding colours, varying the densities and so on. The main way that this is done is to add cork granules and adhesive into a block mould, then to apply pressure. What emerges is a block typically … Read More

Technical / 1+1 corks supplier

1+1 corks are made from an agglomerated cork body with natural cork discs glued on to each end. So natural cork will be displayed to the consumer when about to open the bottle and will also be in contact with the wine in the bottle. Agglomerated cork is a good deal less costly than natural cork, so by just using … Read More

Expanded cork / black cork supplier

Expanded cork was developed in the mid 1990s to provide a 100% natural insulation material, using parts of the cork bark that were not previously used. When the cork oak tree is stripped of its bark, generally only the trunk is stripped and the upper branches are left untouched. The cork bark from the upper branches cannot be used to … Read More

Natural wine cork handling and storage

The production techniques for premium natural corks have been revolutionised in recent years to guarantee negligible levels of contamination and extremely reliable quality control. So if you buy natural corks from a supplier such as CorkLink, you can expect to receive an extremely safe and reliable product. However it is important that once you receive the corks, you should handle … Read More

Choosing a wine cork supplier

Over 70% of the world’s wine corks are made in Portugal and the percentage is quite a lot higher than this for natural corks and other high end corks. If you are looking for a new wine cork supplier, then Portugal is the natural place to look, but choosing a supplier is very difficult. The cork industry structure has changed … Read More

Bar-top or T-Top corks supplier recommendations

We supply a lot of custom Bar-top or T-Top corks (also known as capsulated closures) – we can make most specifications that clients require and we can provide a wide variety of custom options. More and more spirits manufacturers are opting for micro-agglomerated corks, which are fine for non-premium products, but is seems a real shame for premium brands to … Read More

Wine capsules supplier

Some of our clients like to buy their corks together with the capsules and we are of course very happy to supply this. We can supply PVC capsules, polylaminate capsules and tin capsules with pretty much any colour and graphics you may require. Polylaminate capsules are an effective lower cost alternative to tin capsules, as they have a more robust … Read More

Cork jigsaw floor mat

There are new treatments coming out for cork to make it more durable and easier to clean and we are now able to supply some really innovative products. CorkLink has just developed a 100% cork jigsaw floor mat – previous cork floor mats have generally had rubber or Evo backing to make them more durable, so that they do not … Read More

Moulded / Molded cork supplier

There have been a lot of advances in the moulded (or molded for USA readers!) cork sector recently. Essentially the process works by mixing micro-agglomerated cork granules (less than 2mm) with a powerful adhesive and then poured into a mould and submitted to high pressure so that it sets. This allows us to make all sorts of things out of … Read More

Where do natural wine corks come from?

Cork is actually just another name for the bark of particular oak tree (Quercus suber, more commonly known as Cork Oak), which is native to southwest Europe and northwest Africa. They can grow as tall as 20m and live for over 150 years and form stunningly beautiful forests, particular in central and southern Portugal where they are very extensive (accounting … Read More

Conical corks manufacturer

We have produced some conical corks in agglomerated cork to a client – we can produce them to more or less any dimensions and it is an interesting process how they are made. The cork industry is fascinating in that nothing goes to waste – natural corks are punched out of the cork bark that is stripped off the cork … Read More

Classification of natural wine corks

Sourcing wine corks can be a complicated business – even if you have decided to use natural corks (rather than colmated, agglomerated, 1+1, or micro-agglomerated), then you have to decide what classification of natural cork you want (extra, super, first, second etc) and then what kind of finish treatment you require for the corks. Here we would like to consider … Read More

Natural cork fabric

Natural cork fabric is made by making a large block of small pieces of cork (which are in fact off-cuts from the production of wine corks that have been glued together) and it is then sliced into thin layers, which can be used for all sorts of things. The beauty of this natural cork fabric is that it retains the … Read More

Custom micro-agglomerated capsulated corks

We have just made a delivery of micro-agglomerated corks to Hong Kong for a new spirits brand shortly to be launched. We produced a capsulated (Bar Top) style cork made from a single piece micro-agglomerated cork, incorporating a cap with recess and the dimensions to client specification. Working with micro-agglomerated cork gives you the option of a relatively low-cost, but … Read More

Tapered corks manufacturer

We supply tapered cork stoppers in a variety of standard sizes and we can also produce custom tapered corks to pretty much any specification you require. As well as different sizes, we can also produce tapered corks with centre holes and made from agglomerated, micro-agglomerated or natural cork and as with all cork, there are different quality grades available depending … Read More

Cork stoppers continue to take market share from synthetic alternatives

10 years ago, things didn’t look that great for the cork stoppers industry, with strong growth in sales of plastic and aluminium alternatives as a more reliable and cheaper alternative. The cork industry has really fought back however and the market share of synthetic stoppers has fallen from 18.4% in 2007 to 14.4% in 2011, which works out at around … Read More

Umbrella made using cork fabric

It is unbelievable the technological advances that have been made with cork in recent years, which means cork can now be used for all sorts of new products, as well as the more traditional usages of bottle stoppers, flooring, insulation and notice boards! Cork fabric is now available that has been widely used to make bags and other products, that … Read More

Colmated corks supplier from Portugal

The best quality corks are natural corks, which are simply punched out of the bark of the cork oak tree and then cleaned up and treated. Just about everything else that is made from cork is made from the left-overs from this process. When natural corks are made, they go through a sophisticated selection procedure, first by laser scanners which … Read More

Micro-agglomerated corks supplier

Micro-agglomerated corks are a recent advance in the industry that compared to standard agglomerated corks give: – more elasticity, – greater consistency/reliability – easier extraction – a more uniform appearance – smoother feel – virtually zero TCA Granules sizes are around 0.5-2.0mm and are bonded using food-grade binding agents, to make them extremely safe. They are appropriate for wines that … Read More

Capsulated corks supplier

Capsulated corks (also known as bar-top corks) can be natural or agglomerated stoppers normally with a wooden or plastic top glued on to the cork to allow easy opening and resealing without using a corkscrew. You will see them used for spirits and fortified wines. There are endless options available, in terms of the cork itself to be used and … Read More

Which cork wine stopper do I need for my wine?

There are just about as many different kinds of cork wine stoppers as there are kinds of wine, so it can be a bit of a battle to work out which is the ideal stopper for a particular wine that you are bottling. Here at CorkLink we can offer independent advice on what to look for based on lifetimes of … Read More

Sparkling wine/champagne corks supplier information

Premium quality sparkling wine/champagne cork stoppers are considered technical corks as they constitute an agglomerate cork granule body to which natural cork disks are glued. The natural cork disks are at the bottom side of the cork to be exposed to the sparkling wine, with the agglomerate granulated part of the cork forming the main body and then mushrooming out … Read More

Granulated cork products & uses for cork granules

When natural cork stoppers are punched out of cork bark, there is a lot of cork left over and this is what is used to make cork granules. Cork granules can either be made from broken cork with or without bark and this is the main determinant of the quality of the granules that will be produced. In the cork … Read More

The amazing natural properties of cork

Cork is a pretty extraordinary material and that is why it has so many uses. The key to cork’s many properties is its honeycomb cell structure. Each cell is a 14-sided polyhedron filled with air with an extremely strong and flexible membrane that is waterproof and airtight. Cork bark is in fact about 89% air, giving it a very low … Read More

10 steps to make a natural cork stopper

So how do you get from a piece of cork oak tree bark to a natural cork stopper that nurtures and preserves the wine in a bottle? The story goes like this: 1. Harvest – once every nine years or so a cork tree is stripped of its bark by a very skilled woodsman with a very sharp axe. This … Read More

Cork industry shows signs of recovery

10 years ago Portugal was exporting a billion euros worth of cork products a year, but exports slumped mainly because of a surge in demand for synthetic stoppers. Over the last two years, the cork sector has returned to growth, with exports increasing 8.2% in 2010 to reach €754.3 million and 7% growth in the first quarter of 2011. The … Read More

Cork composite products for domestic use

Cork has a long history of being used as a natural insulation product, providing thermal, acoustic and vibration insulation as well as being naturally fire-retardant, resistant to rot and mold and non-toxic; furthermore it is a completely renewable source as only the bark of the tree is used to make cork and the tree itself survives. It is supplied in … Read More

Different kinds of cork stoppers/closures and their uses

There are several kinds of cork stoppers that are commonly manufactured, ranging from premium natural cork to agglomerated cork and mixtures of the two. Different usages can be better suited to particular kinds of corks and the pricing can be dramatically different so it is worth understanding what your options are. Here is a brief summary of the kinds of … Read More

Granulated cork

Granulated cork is used for a wide variety of applications and can be supplied at a wide range of mesh sizes and densities, ranging from fine powder to 12mm chips. Cork granules can be used to make composite cork products, sports field infill, a soil conditioner,agglomerated wine corks, cork flooring, brake shoes, clutch plates, shoe soles, insulation cork blocks and … Read More

Moulded Cork Products

Agglomerated cork can be moulded into almost any shape and by using different binders and cork granules, the moulded cork products can have a wide variety or properties, made to be for example heat resistant, soft, hard-wearing or whatever the particular requirement may be. Moulded cork has been used to make a variety of household and industrial objects, sometimes just … Read More

Cork leather

Cork leather is a relatively recent innovation and by blending cork with other materials it is possible to use the natural beauty and intrinsic qualities of cork in a flexible and durable fabric that is. It can be supplied in a wide variety of textures and patterns, which can either bring out the natural beauty of the cork or use … Read More