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

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