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Americas: Winery to be the first to use plant-based cork closure


Avalon Winery is the first US winery to use the new plant-based Select Bio, a zero carbon footprint wine closure, says wine closure producer Nomacorc.

This sustainable closure, made with renewable, plant-based biopolymers derived from sugar cane, will be used in Avalon’s wines, beginning with the 2012 vintage of their flagship California “CAB.”

Located on the site of a historic apple cannery, the Avalon Winery has many environmentally sustainable practices, including the 232kw solar cogeneration system installed in 2010, rainwater catchment and diversion to safeguard the nearby Graton salmon spawning reserve, water efficiency upgrades and careful carbon management.

“We’ve striven to minimize our carbon footprint in all that we do – in the winery, in the vineyard and in our community,” said Lisa Ehrlich, executive VP, marketing of Purple Wine Company.

“Our next step was to implement sustainable solutions and practices into our packaging.”

Nomacorc says its Select Bio closure is the world’s first zero carbon footprint wine closure.

The closure mirrors the same oxygen management performance as Nomacorc’s innovative Select Series closures, which can precisely control the oxygen transmission through the closure and help prevent oxygen-related wine faults, such as oxidation and reduction.

In addition, Select Bio, like all Nomacorc closures, is fully recyclable (Resin Identification Code 4) and is 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (TCA) –free, which is often responsible for cork taint.

Bottling with Select Bio closures will begin in July and by years-end, all Avalon CAB wines will contain Nomacorc’s Select Bio plant-based closure.

The closure, which was recently awarded Best Green Launch at The Drinks Business Green Awards, is now commercially available in both the US and Europe.