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 yielded 825kg of raw cork – enough for 100,000 wine bottles. As a comparison, the average cork oak produces material for 4,000 bottles.
The Whistler Tree was previously harvested in 2000, and on the traditional nine-year schedule, will next be harvested in 2018.
The Whistler Tree is in excellent condition and is well on its way to produce a total lifetime production of over one million corks.