Selecting the right seal for your wine is really important, as it needs to preserve the product inside the bottle
In the world of wine, not only is it important to assess the product itself, but also how it is to be sealed and packaged. Today, an array of wine closures is available, giving you a choice that’s much broader than in the past, both in terms of aesthetic appeal and materials used.
The host of options on the market poses a number of challenges for wine producers and the selection process cannot ignore considerations such as overall advantages, current trends, cost effectiveness and obviously, the type of product to be sealed.
Take a step back
Wine is a drink with ancient origins that date back as far as prehistoric times. It’s so old that wine’s history fuses perfectly with that of humanity. Between legend, religion and history, this particular world has always been characterised by a wide variety of aromatic nuances, derived from different types of vine, areas of cultivation and climate, all tempered by each other.
So far, it has proved almost impossible to find two identical products, and for this reason the preservation of each one’s distinctiveness has become critical.
Tapì’s range of closures for the wine sector offers high-tech, cutting edge solutions that ensure excellent performance with reliability and effectiveness in preserving and protecting the sensory properties of complex products like those in high-quality wine.
Find out more about wine closures from the Tapì brand.
What do wine producers currently use to seal their bottles?
Every wine company approaches the selection of the correct closure in their own unique way, by considering the cost-benefit relationship, overall advantages and latest trends. Some maintain their preference for cork closures, amongst the most popular in the past, and others opt for micro-agglomerate closures in synthetic or alternative types of material developed over the years.
With our many years of experience in the closure sector of the wine market, we support our customers in making the best choice on an aesthetic and a performance level, while keeping a close eye on contemporary and keenly felt views of end consumers, such as environmental impact.
Closures for still wines
Traditional closures for still wines can take the form of a simple cylindrical or T shape.
As these products have a larger diameter than the neck of the bottle, they are compressed during the capping process for easy insertion.
Their subsequent expansion ensures the closure’s hermetic seal, completely fulfilling its purpose – avoiding the evaporation and oxidisation of the wine.
Sealing sparkling wines
Mechanisms for capping sparkling wines must be able to ensure an effective barrier against the high internal pressure as well as being a hermetic seal.
To achieve this outcome, the cap needs to have specific characteristics such as elasticity, so it can provide optimum hold at the bottom of the closure. This then prevents any carbon dioxide escape which can spoil the distinctiveness and flavour of the product.
Wine closures – trends to be reckoned with
Trends in the closures market evolve over time, but it’s useful to know what the emerging tendencies are and understand how the sector is changing.
Certainly, one to take into consideration is sustainability – an increasingly common theme with producers, businesses and end consumers.
Devin, the new closure for the wine market
Over recent years, our attention has turned towards the environment and the actions that individuals and companies can take to lessen our impact to the minimum. Devin was created out of this ideal – an innovative closure, made by us at Tapì. The closure’s designed to have a reduced carbon footprint for the wine market.
To manufacture Devin, we exclusively use plant-based polymers blended with grape pomace generated in the wine-making process, which otherwise would go to landfill. A closure with a green soul but equally effective, offering a mechanical performance and an oxygen barrier that make it a safe, advanced seal, designed for all wine qualities – including biodynamic and SO2-free.
Mekano, design and innovation
Another trend in the wine world is the use of closures outside the traditional design, creating striking packaging, without losing any technical or mechanical performance.
Mekano is well positioned within this context. It’s a closure with a typically Made in Italy design that can be used successfully in the wine market.
High technical performance makes it the perfect closure for companies operating in the wine sector that require maximum safety from a seal with an effective gas barrier. A remarkable and versatile product with infinite customisation potential, Mekano is ideal for any brand looking to stand out within its own market niche.
Mekano is a reusable closure. Usually, once a bottle of wine is opened, the closure has to be replaced by another kind of cap to keep it fresh. Whereas, with Mekano, you can reseal the bottle after every use. When the product has been consumed, the bottle can be reused, by refilling it with any type of liquid, storing it in perfect condition.
A final note
The recommendations made here are suggestions based on our experience. However, we do advise an assessment is carried out of all the elements and factors involved – bottle, product type, fill level and the packaging as a whole.