Precious and versatile
The tree quickly forms new layers of cork and restores its protective barrier.
No tree is cut down. This simple fact makes cork harvesting exceptionally sustainable, leading to a unique balance between people and nature.
It’s a highly skilled business in the western Mediterranean, where each generation has tutored the next in a continuous process from the time of the ancient Greeks.
The harvesting cycle is 9-12 years long, and it takes at least 25 years for a new tree to become profitable.
- The first stripping produces cork that is too hard to be easily handled. It’s used in products like flooring and insulation.
- 9 to 12 years later a second harvest produces better material, but still not good enough for cork bottle-stoppers.
- Only the third and subsequent harvests produce cork with an even structure good enough to be used for wine closures.
It's natural, renewable, and recyclable
It is very light, yet impermeable to liquids and gases, elastic and compressible, an excellent insulator, fireproof, and resistant to abrasion.
Above all, it is completely natural, renewable, and recyclable.