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

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


Larger conical corks are generally made by punching the corks out of agglomerated cork boards, whilst smaller conical corks can be made by grinding cylindrical corks down to size. This means that smaller natural conical corks can be made by grinding rejected wine corks down (typically these wine corks will have been rejected because of a surface imperfection for example). … 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 recently been producing some bar-top corks for olive oil bottles, using micro-agglomerated cork. We produced a capsulated (Bar Top) style cork made from a single piece micro-agglomerated cork. Making bar-tops corks in this way is actually a relatively low-cost way to produce them as they can be mass produced by automatic machinery given that their diameter is under … 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

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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

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 lids


We make cork lids for jars, pots and other packaging mainly in agglomerated cork, but also natural cork. Generally cork lids are either made in either a conical or lipped format. Conical corks – can be made in pretty much any size and they are more simple to manufacture which helps keep the price down. Sizing of conical corks is … Read More

Used port wine barrels

We supply used port wine barrels that have been completely refurbished using only original wood to distillers who require used fortified wine barrels to finish the ageing of their whisky. The stock we carry varies, but typically we have refurbished 225, 250 and 500 litre ex tawny port and ex ruby port barrels, as well as muscatel, sherry and madeira … Read More

Cork rolls and sheets

Different cork grain sizes and different binders are used create composition cork rolls and sheets in grades and appearances for different purposes and uses. We can make composite rolls and sheets to satisfy more or less any requirements even if they are not a standardized specification. We supply cork roll for underlay and insulation in sizes of 2mm to 8mm … Read More

Expanded cork

Expanded cork is a 100% natural product commonly used for insulation in the form of Insulation Cork Board (ICB). We supply expanded cork boards in a range of thicknesses from 10mm up to 300mm and also expanded cork granules in a range of different granule sizes. Expanded cork is made from cork that is too resinous to be used for … Read More

Cork flooring/underlay

Cork floors have moved on an enormous amount in recent years to offer clients a seemingly endless array of choices that bring out the natural beauty of cork together with its natural insulating properties together with an increasingly easy application. Cork flooring can be used for residential, commercial, or industrial purposes and it can offer: environmentally friendly natural flooring underfoot … Read More

Cork stoppers


Cork closures and stoppers are available in an endless array of sizes and specifications, using natural and composite cork. Some examples of the kind of corks we can supply are: Champagne Corks Laboratory Corks Bar-top corks  Tapered / Conical Corks Natural Cork Stoppers Agglomerated Wine Corks Micro-agglomerated Corks Technical Wine Corks; 1+1 corks Over the last 10 years in particular … Read More