The history of cork wine closures stretches back to their use with Athenian amphorae in the fifth century B.C.E. Long before today’s consumers became aware of the cork closure, ancient Greek decorative artists depicted them in their work.
Despite the unavoidable romanticism linked to this long and rich legacy, thoughtfully designed alternative closures — like those created by the American giant Nomacorc — have begun to replace them.
The Cantele winery has played a special role in the synthetic cork movement: in 2010, we bottled one of our wines with the ten-billionth synthetic cork produced by the American company.
Today, with the bottling of our 2014 vintage, we were among the first to use the company’s new “organic cork,” officially known as the Select Bio closure. It represents a watershed between the early alternative closure prototypes and the future of the world’s interest in sustainable winemaking.
The new seal mark yet another improvement in the protection of wines intended for the most discerning connoisseur.
It’s important to note that the new closure is “carbon neutral,” 100% recyclable, and is made from vegetal substances obtained from sugar cane. Thanks to its sustainable nature, it actually helps to reduce greenhouse gasses.
Just another technical note: Select Bio prevents deterioration and defect in wine, in terms of oxidation and reduction, by guaranteeing constant, optimal oxygen ingress. As a result, no outside agent can affect the perfect balance for which the wine was originally conceived. The voice of wines protected by Select Bio will always tell the truth.
The new Select Bio synthetic closure will be used for our entry-tier line (Chardonnay, Verdeca, Rosato, Primitivo, and Negroamaro).