The cork - tradition and poetry
The use of cork to close wine bottles dates back to the end of the seventeenth century, thanks to a lucky intuition of a French monk: Dom Perignon.
Yes, just Dom Perignon, the world’s most famous bubbly wine, the Champagne.
In fact, he was the first to realize that cork, thanks to the characteristics of elasticity, impermeability and porosity, allowed a better closure than the wood, used until that moment.
Why is it better?
Because the function of the cork of a wine bottle is to "isolate" the wine, but not completely. In fact, one of the main points in the choice of the type of stopper is oxygenation, that is, the ability to exchange oxygen between inside and outside. The choice of the material with which the cork of a bottle is made tells a story and reveals a lot about the production choices and the philosophy of the producer.
Natural cork is still the most used material in Italy today.
In the collective imagination, the natural cork still represents the perfect stopper of a bottle: linked to the tradition and the poetry to open it.