Cork or Screw cap? Does it really make a difference?
Every wine enthusiast must have asked himself at some point whether it really matters. A bottle of wine closed with a real cork versus one with a screw cap. In the supermarket we see them everywhere but they are also often used on wines from the new world countries. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the two? We have listed them below for you.
The real Cork
Even though we see more and more screw caps, real cork is still the most popular among producers. In use since the 13th century, the cork is made from the bark of the cork oak. It is the only natural material that is strong and waterproof enough to use for closing glass bottles. Conveniently, it is flexible enough to adopt the desired shapes.
- Naturally recyclable product
- Helps with the ripening and storage process
- Traditional image
- It is quite expensive
- Can leave a cork flavor / fragrance in the wine (1%)
- Quality of cork is variable
The Screw cap
Contrary to what one might think, it is not that new at all. Different types of screw caps have been in use for more than 100 years! At present, however, the screw caps are mostly being used by wineries aimed at producing larger volumes.
- Lower cost for the producer
- Easier to open and resealable
- Cannot leave a cork taste / smell
- Not recyclable
- Quality is very variable by type
- No room for “breathing” in the wine, which can be crucial in the riping process
- Cheap image
If you compare the advantages and disadvantages of both, we can conclude that the difference is not necessarily in the quality of the wine, but more a producer’s choice depending on the purpose of the wine.
Are you looking for a wine for a party? Then the screw cap is the go-to. Do you really want to make a little impression during a dinner? Then we would go for the wine with real cork.
Wine a little, laugh a lot!