Business & Industry
May 1, 2017
CORKS THAT MAKE GOOD WINES
A good wine looks good on any occasion. However, the care needed to make the taste perfect, such as the choice of a good cork, are details considered only by the most demanding consumers. In Italy, we found one of the leaders in the production of the most exquisite cork stoppers worldwide - Colombin & Figlio Spa.
With a completely integrated network from the cork plantations to the wineries, that is, to the final product, Colombin supervises all the steps to guarantee the absolute quality and respect for the environment.
It is true that many things have changed since the late 1800s, when Giovanni Maria Colombin launched his company in Trieste, Italy, but the passion and commitment remained unchanged over the years, passing from generation to generation. Colombin currently selects the best raw cork, uses the most advanced equipment and submits each stage of production to official certification, with the aim of creating the most innovative cork stoppers made of unmatched raw material. Quality and functionality have made it the industry leader in production and sales, operating in 34 countries.
If you are an oenologist, have a wine business or are a demanding consumer, you know the importance of a good cork. This should have the same quality level as the wine, especially if it is reserved. To meet these requirements, the company has created the Cork Evolution line.
The corks of this line are made of premium quality, one hundred percent recyclable natural cork and they are subject to a treatment that prevents any "cork stain".
Everything begins in the quality of the cork itself. This tree, which grows traditionally in southwestern Europe and northwest Africa, reaching 20 meters in height and 1.5m in diameter, is easily identifiable by the yellowish-brown bark, which, when removed, gives the tree a reddish colour. The Mediterranean cork groves, which occupy a very limited area, provide the ideal habitat for many rare species of fauna and flora. In addition, they play a unique environmental role, resisting the invasion of desertification and contributing to carbon sequestration (thanks to the absorption of more than 14 million tonnes of CO2 annually).
One of the distinguishing features of Columbin must do with maintaining traditional cork oak management practices, which has a positive impact on the sustainability of the environment and the preservation of biodiversity. Removal of cork by peeling or pickling is a technique that has passed from father to son for centuries. It should be noted that, this method employs thousands of people and represents the most important economic resource of forestry in the areas where the cork tree grows.
After stripping and, already in the Research and Development Laboratory that occupies almost 500 square meters, cutting-edge equipment enables the analytical procedure of corks, wines and chemicals to be performed in the three areas dedicated to physics, chemistry and gas chromatography. A rigorous analysis of the raw material and an in-depth monitoring of the processing allow to eliminate the anomalies from the beginning of the production cycle, reducing possible negative impacts on the finished product.
«With Italian heart and the thought in all the consumers scattered around the world» as this internationally renowned company defines itself, it has cork plantations in Morocco, Spain, Portugal and in Sardinia. In addition to Colombin & Figlio Spa, in Italy, the company is present in Germany through Colombin Deutschland, in China with Colombin Yantai, Colombin Australia, in the same country and Colombin Maroc, in Morocco.
For 50 years, cork was considered one of the greatest agricultural riches. Statistical data from 2000 indicated Portugal as the country with the largest cork oak area in the world, accounting for 54 percent of global cork production. The demand for cork goes much further than the production of corks for wine bottles, it is a very sought after material by designers and fashion businessmen, standing out in haute couture parades. It is therefore possible that these percentages are higher today.
- Colombin's cork comes from growing areas located mainly in Sardinia and Portugal.
- 100% recyclable cork.
- Processing and sorting are meticulous.
- Each cork is individually laser-numbered.
- In addition to being delivered in a special package, the stoppers are protected by a biodegradable bag which guarantees complete absence of phthalates.
- Each consignment is accompanied by a certificate from the Italian Wine Union containing the respective analysis.
Contacts - Contactos:
Via dei Cosulich, 1 - 34147 Trieste – Italia
T.+39 040 89 91 111 - F.+39 040 38 08 01