Australia: wine maker replaces corks with glass stoppers

In response to the problem of rising cork contamination levels in its wines, one of Australia“s top wine makers is introducing a new glass bottle stopper.
Henschke and Co managing director Stephen H…

In response to the problem of rising cork contamination levels in its wines, one of Australia“s top wine makers is introducing a new glass bottle stopper. Henschke and Co managing director Stephen Henschke said he believed the Vino-Lok glass stopper by Alcoa Closure Systems International cost about the same as the most expensive cork. Vino-Lok won the gold prize for innovation at the International Wine and Fruit Juice Fair, INTERVITIS INTERFRUCTA 2004. Mr. Henschke said the glass alternative offered the hermetic reliability of a screw cap with the aesthetic appeal of a decorative decanter stopper.