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How Synthetic Corks Are Made

How Are Synthetic Corks Made?

The world drinks about 30 billion bottles of wine a year. The demand for corks has risen because of new wine-drinking countries such as India and China. We visited Nomacorc on the outskirts of Raleigh, NC. Nomacorc synthetic corks are special. They can breathe: like natural corks.

Watch a Cork Factory Work

Love Mr. Rogers when he went to the Crayon Factory? In the same spirit of discovery, Wine Folly filmed the process of Nomacorc synthetic corks from start to finish.

Corks. They’re the final threshold between you and your wine. About 30 billion bottles of wine are consumed a year. We went to a synthetic cork factory in North Carolina. The company makes up to 7 million corks a day. What’s the story with how these corks are made? A synthetic cork starts out with millions of plastic pellets. These Pellets get blended together. The pellets are melted and puffed into a tube. The tube of cork is cooled in a water bath. Then it is measured and cut to size. Bad corks are recycled. This guy operated the cork label printer for us. Ever try Rex Goliath? This machine prints on the ends of the corks, it’s new. Once the printing is done, the corks are collected into a bagging machine. The conveyor belt delivers perfectly weighed corks to be bagged. Then they shipped out all over the world. Corks are neat.

Perhaps you’ve seen these in your wine bottle
Sources Music by Zdenek Gromnica, an original solo piano piece called “Echo” 31.3 billion bottles of wine consumed a year from 7 million corks a day Nomacorc Statistics

About Madeline Puckette

I'm a certified sommelier and creator of the NYT Bestseller, Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine. Find me out there in the wine world @WineFolly.

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