Cork, A Renewable Resource

29 10 2007

Now, here’s something people don’t get to see everyday: how cork is harvested and how cork stoppers are made.

Wine bloggers Ryan and Gabriella Opaz of Catavino, a website dedicated to collecting tasting notes and stories about the wines of the Iberian Peninsula, had the opportunity to visit the Amorim factory in Coruche, Portugal.

They made this wonderful video, and we would like to share it with you.

Ryan also wrote a very interesting article about his love/hate relationship with cork. Though his original intent in visiting the factory was to investigate what was being done by Amorim to eliminate TCA (a chemical that alters the flavor of wine) in cork stoppers, he was impressed with how cork is such an environmentally friendly resource. He mentions: “What really was amazing (…) is that Cork is a 100% renewable resource. 100%. Just look at how the cork factories are fueled…by cork dust created in the production process! No waste.”

Team Wicanders

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