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From bark to bottle: cork’s journey

29th July, 2013 by Gabriel Savage

cork harvest

For three months of the year, the “montados”, or Portuguese cork forests, are hives of activity as teams harvest the bark of the cork oak, quercus suber. Each tree can only be harvested every nine years and it takes 25 years before a tree is ready for its first harvest. Even then, it will not produce the quality needed for a wine stopper until its third harvest.

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