Cork wine closures associated with a premium drinking experience

The study of US consumer preferences was conducted in partnership with The Portuguese Cork Association (APCOR) and California-based Cork Quality Council. An additional survey released by APCOR found that 89% of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2016 are sealed with cork closures.

Roughly 68% of respondents believe that natural cork wine closures are “an indication of high-quality or very high-quality wine” compared to 13% who thought the same to be true of screw caps.

“Cork is a sign of tradition and ageability,” Peter Weber, executive director of the Cork Quality Council, told BeverageDaily.

When respondents were asked what they “like” about natural cork using an open-ended question format in which participants typed in their answers, 35% said preferred cork because it was “classic” and “traditional”,27% mentioned that they like the experience of opening the bottle citing the “ritual” or the “pop.”

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