| Raw material is the key
Each year, Manuel Silva and his team pride themselves on their personal involvement each year in sourcing the finest raw material in the forests; this most critical attention has proven to deliver the highest quality standard wine corks. Long-term collaboration with the best growers is the first step in operations that are 100% vertically integrated. This ensures complete control and certified quality through all aspects of production, from the moment the trees are harvested to the delivery of finished, customized corks to our North American customers. Cork planks, having been pre-selected for quality, are carefully sliced into strips depending on the length required. The corks are then hand punched from the strips maximizing good cork material use, and then followed by a rectification process designed to ensure perfect uniformity along sides and tops. All material left from this process is ground up and used to produce agglomerate silk top, pearl and champagne corks.