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The World’s Largest Cork Tree

Whistler Tree

from the Cork Quality Council Named for the countless songbirds that occupy its dense canopy – the Whistler Tree is the most productive cork oak on record. The Whistler Tree grows in the Alentejo region of Portugal and is over 230 years old. It has been producing the finest quality wine corks every nine years since 1820. This year’s harvest ... Read More »

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 »

The Best Eco-Tour Adventures

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From Cork Forest Conservation Alliance For many, traveling is about experiencing new locations and food.  But for some, just visiting their destination is not enough.  These unique travelers must truly immerse themselves in the culture and not cause any negative harm to the environment while doing so.   Cultural tourism and ecotourism are ways for individuals to gain new life experiences that could have ... Read More »

Portuguese cork shines in China’s largest wine museum

Cork Booth at Qingdao Wine Museum

September 16, 2015 The Portuguese Cork Association makes another stride in consumer education in China as it recently helped Qingdao Wine Museum, arguably the largest of its kind in China, revamp the cork exhibition area in its process pavilion. In order to give visitors a bird’s eye view on the close relationship between cork stopper and wine industry, the Portuguese ... Read More »

Time To Reduce Our ‘Plastic Footprint’

By Dianna Cohen | Triple Pundit | September 2, 2015 Look around you. Our world is full of single-use plastic, meant to be used once and thrown away. And though some of it — depending on the type of plastic — could potentially be recycled or downcycled, the truth is that the majority of it becomes instant garbage, and much of it ... Read More »

Cork rises to the top as a highend design material

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by Emma Love | Financial Times | May 29, 2015 The bark product is not just an effective way to seal a wine bottle. It is increasingly being used to create furniture and furnishings… Sign up with Financial Times to get the full article 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

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

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 »

Is Cork the Designer Material of the Future?

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by Seb Egerton-Read | Circulate | June 9, 2015 Cork is best known for its usage in making wine stoppers, but a recent trend has seen it used by designers in a growing range of different products from fashion (umbrellas and bags) to furniture (tables and bowls). There are a number of properties that make cork an attractive material – it ... Read More »