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The Portuguese Montado (Cork Oak Forest)

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From Portuguese Cork Association www.realcork.org Like the vineyards of the Douro Valley or the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, cork oak forests are a very specific, delicately-balanced ecosystem and persist only in the Mediterranean basin (Algeria and Morocco) and particularly in the southern regions of the Iberian Peninsula influenced by the Atlantic such as Portugal, which is proud to have the largest ... Read More »

PORTUGAL X CORK

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by Melanie Abrantes | November 10, 2015 | MelanieAbrantes.com CORTIÇA: CORK IN PORTUGUESE In October I was was invited by the Portuguese Cork Association (Apcor) to visit Portugal to see how cork is harvested and made. I was so excited to get this once in a lifetime opportunity to view this process in person. Cork is such a huge part of ... Read More »

From Bark to Wine Stopper to Footwear — the Story of Cork

Cork strips from cork bark

Every time you buy a bottle of wine sealed with a natural cork stopper, you’re helping to sustain one of the world’s most biodiverse forests and protect an extraordinary ecosystem. While it might seem counterintuitive, the best way to ensure that there is no shortage of cork is to use more cork. That is because the greater the demand for ... Read More »

Why We’re 100% Cork – St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma

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By Vegas Wineaux | VegasWineaux.com | June 22, 2015 I was honored to have a great interview with Christopher Silva, the CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards in Sonoma. We had been introduced because of my interest in one of several recent articles which noted that wineries are moving back to natural cork and beginning to eschew “alternative” closures such ... Read More »

Cork it: Many Bay Area wine producers are switching back to natural cork

St, Francis Winery

By Chris Rauber | San Francisco Business Times | May 31, 2015 Christopher Silva, a fifth-generation Sonoma County native, is big on sustainable agriculture and “green” alternatives. So back in 2013, he decided to stop using synthetic wine bottle closures on virtually all of his company’s wines and return to the natural solution: Cork. And he hasn’t looked back. Silva’s company and ... Read More »

World of Wine: Americans, French alike consider cork best bottle closure

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By Ron Smith | Inforum | April 15, 2015 Want something to show off at your next Trivial Pursuit game? Try this: What natural material is lighter than water, nearly impervious to air, hard to burn, resists rot, so elastic that it can snap back into original shape after 14,000 pounds of pressure per cubic inch and, by the way, ... Read More »

The Other Side of Cork

Real Cork Harvesting in the Montado of Portugal

By Ann Chandler, Saudi Aramco World | Published March/April 2012 The grin on Manuel Peixiubo’s weathered face appears easily beneath his frosty moustache. Peixiubo is jovial and friendly, but he works fast and doesn’t stop while he talks. Here on the Pipa cork farm near Coruche, 40 kilometers (25 mi) southeast of Lisbon in Portugal’s sunny Alentejo region, a man’s wage ... Read More »

100% Cork launches Earth Day social media campaign to plant cork oaks in Portugal

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SAN FRANCISCO | Business Wire | April 1, 2015 – For the second year, 100% Cork, a global campaign to raise awareness of cork’s environmental benefits, is providing a free opportunity for anyone to help plant cork saplings. The Earth Day social media campaign runs now through April 22, and each time someone “Likes,” “Shares” or “Follows” 100% Cork on ... Read More »

Photo Exhibition: Cork extraction in North Alentejo (Portugal)

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Photographer: Jorge Sarmento | SDN- Social Documentary Network  The Social Documentary Network invited the photographer Jorge Sarmento to exhibit his photos with the title “Cork extraction in North Alentejo (Portugal)”. This work was made for APCOR (Portuguese Cork Association) during summer of 2014. Take a look at http://socialdocumentary.net/exhibit/Jorge_Sarmento/3037 Read More »

Got Wine Corks? Recycle Them!

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WFMY News 2 | Greensboro, NC | March 18, 2015 There is a new push to recycle wine corks. It’s not to save cork trees, it’s actually to get more industries to use cork in their products. To make a wine cork, farmers shave off the bark from a cork tree. Farmers don’t have to cut the tree down and ... Read More »