You may have noticed that there are several different ways to seal a wine bottle. There are corks made from bark, synthetic corks, twist off tops, and more. We even sell wine in pouches now (which has been a huge hit!). So what’s the difference, and which one is best? Let’s check it out.
It sounds obvious, but traditional cork is simply made from the bark of cork trees. We have some of the bark at the farm winery and if you ask we’d be happy to show it to you. It’s light and feels, well, just like cork. Still, people are surprised when they pick it up that it’s really what keeps your wine from coming out of the bottle.
We use natural corks for our Timeless Series. They have that classic feel to them, allow the wine to breathe nicely, and are easy to open. The only thing to remember with natural corks though is that the bottles need to be stored on their sides or upside down. This keeps the cork moist and prevents it from drying out or getting “cork rot.”
Synthetic corks can be seen in wineries all over the world due to their cost effectiveness and ease of use. They’re made from a plastic material and do the main job of a natural cork: stopping the wine. Downsides include being harder to open and not letting the wine breathe. Still, they have a huge advantage over the natural cork in that you’ll never see cork rot with a synthetic cork.
We used synthetic cork in most of our wine for years. But we just stopped. Why? Because we found something even better…
We recently became the first Pennsylvania winery to use Normacorc’s new plant-based cork, the Select® Bio closures. They’re the world’s first zero carbon footprint wine closure. These corks are made with 100% recyclable and renewable plant-based materials. We’re always been an eco-friendly winery and using these corks helps us control our impact on the environment.
These new Bio closures have all the benefits of a traditional cork, without the need to stay moist. They seal the wine and allow it to breathe at the same time.
Although it’s interesting to learn about the different kinds of corks and closures, there are a few important things that remain. The first is that none of the corks we use will have an impact on the wine. The wine will taste the same no matter which kind of stopper we use. The second important thing to remember is… it’s all about the wine! We always say that if you like it, then it’s a good wine. We have wines for everybody, from dry to sweet and everything in between. Come visit us and give some a try, then take some bottles home to start your very own cork collection.