How wine corks are made

Have you ever wondered how wine bottle corks are made? Jamie Goode visits the Cork Supply factory in Portugal to see how planks of cork are turned into wine stoppers.

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+2 1. Judge-Jake commented 37 days ago

Imagine if your one purpose in life was to be a cork and you were dis-guarded as you weren't even good enough to do that:(

Few questions...What happens to all the waste cork,....Do you think when you have worked in the cork factory for a while, that you start dreaming of corks, How much does a cork cost to buy?
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+2 2. thundersnow commented 37 days ago

#1 Some of the newer synthetic corks that are being used in wine bottles now are a compound of real cork and some kind of synthetic material and apparently seal better than a real cork. They may use the scraps for those. Just a guess. :)
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+3 3. Thanny commented 37 days ago

#2 Pretty sure you're right about that. The actual synthetic corks are plastic and some kind of foam. There are composite corks which are obviously ground up cork bark held together with something. They're far superior to the actual synthetic ones, which are no longer liquid-tight after being pierced with a cork screw. Don't think they're any better than a whole piece of cork, though.
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+1 4. Judge-Jake commented 36 days ago

Three people talking about cork ah. :D