Our Products & Services
For Most of Our Products, Custom Sizes Are Available Upon Request
About Our Company
We know that there are many decisions to make when choosing a wine cork, such as which cork, what quality, natural, synthetic or screw caps, what is the best for the wine, the market and above all your costs. We are here to provide you with the best advice to help you make your decision.
Here at ACI we are committed to providing the best quality wine corks to the global wine market. Our wine corks are traditional, environmentally friendly, all-natural, and produced using the latest in technology and equipment. ACI CORK USA supplies wineries from Mexico to Canada and everywhere in between.
While our Headquarters (Alvaro Coelho & Irmaos) supplies wineries all around the world. We believe that our account list speaks best to our commitment to quality and service from the largest wine companies in the world to the boutique winemakers of our great state. We look forward to working with you.
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Corker Maintenance and Cork Order Timing
ON THE QUALITY SIDE - Corker Maintenance
When our client called and said that his corks were chipping and breaking, we sent out our private eye. He determined what the problem was: the hand corker being used was worn out. Keeping your corker in good working order is easy; the key is good sanitation and maintenance practices. A cleaning and a little food grade grease goes a long way! Also, check your corker compression periodically; this helps determine wear and when a corker should be replaced.
ON THE HELPFUL SIDE: Good Product Takes Time
We've seen the workflow charts in your wineries. You know about harvest time, fermentation time, etc. But what about cork-order time?
At ACI Cork USA, corks are processed to order so we can meet your bottling and storage requirements. Figuring 7-10 days into your schedule at the winery allows time for ACI Cork USA to:
- Print your corks
- Allow the ink to dry,
- Then we like 3 days to humidify the corks,
- After that, we apply a surface coating,
- We inspect the corks before counting,
- And then we do the final packaging.
And... a bit of time after packaging allows the corks to "rest", which means that the coatings can harden and SO-2 can work its magic.
Call 707-426-3566 to order or email email@example.com with you questions.
Relvas High Quality Tin Capsules Available Now from ACI Cork USA
24 January, 2013
Perfectly fitting, tamper-evident high quality tin capsules are now part of the growing closure product line for the wine industry offered by ACI Cork USA. Relvas Tin closures come in a large range of vibrant colors and can be embossed or flat printed for additional shelf impact. A premier product sourced from Portugal, Relvas Tin capsules are used for ultra-premium and luxury wines in Europe and are now available at competitive pricing to wineries in North America.
Tin capsules are 100 percent recyclable, non-toxic and resistant to corrosion. The soft touch of malleable tin conveys a quality look and feeling to capsules. Detailed decoration can be done on these Relvas one-piece tin capsules. Finished with water-based inks and offered in a wide variety of colors, ACI Cork USA carries the capsules in four stock colors for quick order fulfillment: gold, silver, black and burgundy.
America Coelho Relvas Sucrs SA has produced capsules for wine bottles for eight decades. They have earned the 14000 Series ISO Certification for Environmental Management Systems and also the 9001 Series ISO Certification for Quality Management Systems for their manufacturing plant in RIO MEÃO, Portugal.
ACI Cork USA is the exclusive representative for Relvas Tin capsules in North America. "This is one more product we offer to help our customers be successful in the wine market," stated Armando Andrade, General Manager of ACI Cork USA. ACI Cork USA now offers traditional corks, the new Nanocork™ and Nanocork Natural™, Polylam and PVC foil capsules, Tin capsules and screwcaps.
See this product at Booth # 1616 January 30 & 31 at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Sacramento, CA. Or contact Phillip Durrett directly with your order 707-290-2040.
Visit us @ The Oregon Wine Industry Symposium Tradeshow
21 February, 2012
If you are going to be stopping by at the Oregon Wine Industry Symposium (February 21st and 22nd) we invite you to stop by our Booth #235. Phil Durrett our Sales Director and Armando Andrade will be there to talk corks, screwcaps, and about our recently added Capsule line. Need more information about the show? Click this link to take you directly to the Oregon Wine official website.
We look forward to seeing you!
ACI Cork USA adds Shelly Morini Rodrigues to Sales Staff
19 October, 2011
ACI Cork USA announces staff additions to keep pace with its growing share of market as a supplier of cork wine closures to North American wineries. Shelly Morini Rodrigues brings a background of customer service at a variety of Fortune 500 companies to her position in Sales Support at ACI Cork USA, Fairfield, California.
"A recent survey conducted among US winemakers awarded ACI Cork USA a "First" in Customer Service to the industry, " noted Armando Andrade, General Manager. "Shelly is a perfect addition to our team, and will help keep us at the top and also maintain the level of support that our customers have received and appreciated in the past."
Ms. Rodrigues holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from California State University, Hayward, CA. Prior positions with Hershey, Pitney Bowes, and a major US food retailing chain included market development, sales, pricing strategy, and customer service.
"Growing up in an Italian-American family, I learned how wine is created and I learned to enjoy wine at the family table," Ms. Rodrigues said. "I'm thrilled to be involved in bringing the wine industry a top quality product, delivered on time and at a reasonable cost."
ACI Cork USA has a tradition of using advanced technologies to maintain costs in order to pass on savings to customers. The company is known for delivery of high quality cork and non-cork wine packaging products for the wine industry in North America.
ACI Cork USA is located at 2870 Cordelia Road, Suite 150, Fairfield CA 94534. Telephone: (707) 426-3566.
ACI Add's Line of Screwcaps & Capsules to Product Portfolio
19 October, 2011
ACI Cork USA is proud to announce a new value line of PVC capsules and Screwcaps which are available in several new colors. We now carry screwcaps in a Tin & Saranex liner and Capsules come in PVC, Polylam & Poly-Tin.
Custom Screwcaps and Custom capsules are also available upon request! Please inquire for stock colors and samples.
Researcher/Winemaker Chooses nanocork™, Innovative Cork Wine Closure from ACI Cork USA
18 March, 2011
Fairfield, CA – Dr. Richard Carey, owner and winemaker at Tamanend Winery, Lancaster, PA., is by nature cautious about what he uses to close the bottles of his classically-styled premium wines. He’s chosen to use nanocork, an innovative cork wine closure from ACI Cork USA on four wines in Tamanend Winery’s premium program: a fruit wine, a Riesling style wine, a Chardonnay style wine, and a full bodied red wine.
“As a research enologist as well as a professional winemaker, I’m always looking for better products for my wines. I’ve been using Nanocork since ACI Cork USA brought it to the US market, and it’s a great product because it gives you the visual of a natural cork yet also gives you the ability to control the type of wine that you are going to put in the bottle,” says Dr. Carey, owner and winemaker at Tamanend Winery, Lancaster, PA. “If you are trying to make a very fresh and fruity type of wine, it’s terrific. Like screwcap, Nanocork allows no oxygen permeability, but the cork is something many customers prefer. There are also no off-flavors with Nanocork. “
Increasing numbers of winemakers are choosing Nanocork™ as their wine closure of choice because it offers a cost-effective alternative to synthetic closures and screwcap. It is an eco-friendly means to retain fresh fruit flavours and a long finish in white, rosé, and non-reductive red wines without concern about TCA contamination.
Nanocork features the Bacchus barrier, a specially developed coating with an oxygen transfer barrier, which is adhered to the top and tail of an all-natural colmated cork. “Nano” quantities of oxygen are consistently delivered to wines via the barrier coating, and this feature provides better shelf life for aromatic, fresh and delicate wines than does screw cap and plastic corks.
Nanocork is ideal for wines that require low oxygen transfer, and wines with a low reduction potential. Nanocork’s oxygen permeability is the same as a high quality cork, about 0.0005 cc’s per day. Once bonded to the cork using a highly moisture-resistant polymer, the barrier material used on nanocork is completely inert. The film material is thermoformable so it molds perfectly to cork ends, thus completely covering the curved cork edge and obviating any irregularities.
Because nanocork closures use colmated corks, the environmental footprint for nanocork is excellent: this product is one way to use as much as possible of the bark of the Cork oak, a completely renewable and sustainable tree. Nanocork is a closure that is recyclable, has a low-carbon footprint compared to synthetic closures. Other advantages of nanocork are improvement in seal between cork and bottle, elimination of ‘off’ flavors attributed to cork, strengthening of the cork end, and reduction in cork dust. Nanocork is ready for immediate use in bottling after the shipping bag of nanocorks is opened; it is consistent from cork to cork, and nanocork requires no further treatment.
Nanocork was developed by UK innovation company Bacchus Wine Closures in partnership with Alvaro Coelho & Irmãos (ACI), the second largest cork producer in the world. ACI has been testing this technology since 2005 both in-house and with customers before commercializing the product in late 2009. The nanocork technology will also work well on sparkling wine corks and corks for spirits.
For more information on Tammend Wines, contact Dr. Richard Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (717) 560-9463. Tamenend Winery is located at 759 Flory Mill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601. For more information on Tamenend wines, visit the website http://www.tamanendwinery.com. (717) 560-9463.
Tasting room hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Noon to 5 pm.
ABOUT OUR COMPANY:
ACI CORK USA, headquartered in Fairfield, California USA, is a subsidiary of Portuguese-headquartered Àlvaro Coelho & Irmãos, SA. ACI, the world’s second largest producer of natural cork wine stoppers, was founded in 1996 by three brothers with over 40 years experience in the cork industry, and has grown to encompass 15 factories that support sales in every winemaking country of the world. The company uses world class technology to produce over a billion corks annually, including its market-leading all-natural cork wine stopper, the new innovative nanocork™, and several types of “technical” corks produced via an agglomeration process: Naturtop™ (two end disc cork), Fizz™ (sparkling wine cork), and Aglica™ (produced by agglomeration of cork microgranules). ACI also produces Bartop™ used for fortified wines such as Port, distilled spirits, vinegars and oils. After custom finishing each cork to exacting customer specifications in the modern 30,000 sq ft Fairfield CA plant, ACI CORK USA provides corks to more than 400 US and Canadian winemakers.
USA Company Contact:
ACI CORK USA
2870 Cordelia Road, Suite 150
Fairfield, CA 94534 USA
Portuguese Company Contact:
Vice President of International Sales
Àlvaro Coelho & Irmãos, S.A.,
AP. 56, Zona Industrial de Prime, 4536-902 Mozelos - VFR Portugal
Tel.: +351 22 7478244
San Francisco, CA
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ACI Brings Experience To The Table...
(Phillip, Armando, Russ)
I have a passion for making things work. As a young boy in Portugal, I made wine with my father. I have continued that tradition with my family here. When I make wine, I want it all to "work". Whether it be pricing, quality or performance, my goal is to use my 33 years of cork industry experience to assist our customers in "making it work". I am happy to answer any questions or discuss any concerns to insure the optimum performance of our product.
- Armando Andrade, General Manager
In owning and managing fine restaurants, marketing for an ultra premium winery and consulting on wine marketing, I have learned to see wine from the final customer's perspective. I have acquired a rare view of what the small and medium wine producer must do to effectively market their product. My goal is to assist my customers in finding the right closure for their packaging goals, as well as to safely and properly close their fine products. I hope to give each customer a better chance to stand out in a crowded market.
- Phil Durrett, National Sales Director
I take pride in the fact that my experience in natural cork production is split between the cork and wine industries. My 10 years with the Robert Mondavi Corporation has instilled in me a unique understanding and appreciation of wine, and the effort that goes into taking it from the vine to the bottle. With ACI, I am happy to share my knowledge and experience to help my customers make the best closure choice possible for each of their wines.
- Russ Warren, Sales Representative
The statement “All natural corks are about the same!” could not be further from the truth. Portugal and Spain comprise 80% of the world’s cork production. Over 1,000 producers harvest the great cork forests of Portugal and Spain. Of that number only about 100 harvest a significant portion of the forest. And, finally, of that 100 only about 5% or so of the producers have the twenty-first century capability of providing rigorous scientific analysis of the cork bark as it moves from the forest to the final product.
Alvaro Coelho & Irmãos, S.A. is the best of these companies.
By having control over the production of the natural cork product from the time the bark leaves the tree until it is delivered to the customer, ACI is able to use its economies of scale and management skills to provide the most reasonable cost for the excellent quality of its cork. It is a record that has been proven in all fifteen countries in which they do business.
Proven Track Record
The Coelho family has been in the natural cork business since 1970. Since 1995 they have been one of the premier suppliers of natural cork to the fine wine business. They are the leading supplier of natural cork to Portugal, Spain and France. They supply 80% of the natural cork to the South American continent (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay). They supply 75% of the cork to the Hungarian and Bulgarian wine industries. By coming to the United States they are bringing their well-known reputation of quality and service to the world’s most dynamic wine market.
Alvaro Coelho & Irmaos, S.A. sets the standard for service in fifteen countries throughout the world. In the short span of nine years they have taken substantial market share in each country they have entered by putting the customer first. Their service is legendary for anticipating challenges. As an example they ship their finished product in sealed temperature controlled containers to provide the best environment for maintaining the finest quality cork. It is more expensive to do this but they will not compromise on their quality. They truly partner with each and every winemaker to provide them with the finest in individual closure solutions.
State-of-the-art technology is the hallmark of ACI’s commitment to producing the finest quality cork products. The company was founded with the principal that it would always use the latest technology with the goal of protecting the fine quality product that its customers produce. In the last five years they have spent millions of dollars in upgrading their already well respected production facilities and have invested more millions in research and development. Their strict quality program is designated “Innocuous System” and involves every step from the harvesting of the bark through the processing of the product to the final shipment of the completed corks.
Sustainable Agricultural Product
Of all of the closures in the fine wine business, only cork is a totally natural and sustainably raised product. It is harvested from trees that are at least twenty-nine years old and then harvested at a minimum of every nine years thereafter. The harvesting of the cork bark does not hurt the oak tree. The tree lives for 150 to 200 years. The harvest in Portugal is so important that the government requires farmers to replant all oak trees that are cut or die of sickness. This sustainability has the benefit of increasing the forest (Montado) in the Iberian Peninsula and therefore providing vital habitat for the last of the great cats of the Western European Continent (the Iberian lynx) as well as endangered birds (the Iberian Imperial eagle and the black stork). It is one of the last truly Mediterranean eco-systems that are preserved in near its original state.
Natural Corks Myths & Facts
- Myth: Trees are cut down in production of cork.
Fact: "Cork harvesting is an environmentally friendly process during which not a single tree is cut down. The bark renews itself ready for the next harvesting." 1 Cork is harvested by peeling off the outer layer of bark of the cork oak. The bark grows back and the tree actually benefits from having the bark removed. No trees are harmed or cut down during the harvest.
- Myth: Natural cork is not the most environmentally friendly closure.
Fact: “Unlike its synthetic counterparts, cork is an inherently sustainable resource, both renewable and biodegradable. The cork oak tree (Quercus suber) is unique in that its thick bark can be stripped off every decade to extract the cork without damaging the trees, which can live 170 to 250 years on average.” 2
- Myth: Natural Corks should be boiled/submerged in water before bottling.
Fact: All corks supplied by ACI Cork USA will ship out surface coated and sterilized, bottle ready and require no further effort on the part of the winemaker. The only action required is to feed the corks into the hopper. Any attempt at further moisturization through submersion in water will damage the surface coating and promote mold growth. The same goes for boiling or any other home chemical sterilization.
- A cork tree that is harvested of its bark will, over its lifetime, absorb 10 tons more CO2 than one not harvested.
- There is no cork shortage; in fact, there is enough cork to close all the bottles of wine produced for the next 100 years.
- Wine taint from TCA is less than 1%, not numbers of 6-10%.
- Cork forests support one our planet's highest levels of forest biodiversity and keep 6.6 million acres of the Mediterranean basin from becoming a desert.
- The cork industry is 100% sustainable and natural with zero waste. When a cork tree reaches full maturity, the bark is harvested in a centuries old tradition that produces 340,000 tons of natural cork stoppers a year. The bark is left to regenerate for nine years before the process starts again. Literally all of the cork bark is used – any waste is granulated and returned into the process to make more natural corks. Even the fine particles of cork dust are collected and used as fuel to heat the factory boilers.
- Natural cork is made of very small cells: 750 million per cork stopper. This characteristic makes natural cork the most effective material for closing bottles as it is light, elastic, resistant, impermeable and easy to remove. Despite advances in technology, man has yet to be able to duplicate this incredibly complex structure.
1.Source: WWF - Cork Screwed? Environmental and economic impacts of the cork stopper, pg. 2
2. Source: Rainforest Alliance: Profiles in Sustainable Forestry, pg. 2