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255 Lombard Blvd
American Canyon
CA, 94581
United States
707 603-1380
707 603 1399
Artur Podniesinski

About Our Company

Dear Valued Customer,

We are excited to announce ACIC Cork and Closures. We can now offer even more to the fast growing beverage, wine and food markets of the 21 st Century.

The ACIC Cork and Closures product line includes Natural and Technical Corks,Sparkling Wine Corks, Bar Tops, Vinoseal Glass Closures, Polylam and Tin Capsules and Aluminum Screw Caps.Our intention is to improve the quality and customer service that you have come to expect.  Going forward, you'll receive invoices from ACIC. Please update your payment records to reflect our new name.

As part of ACIC, we will strive to provide an even better customer service experience. ACIC offers a wider array of products and increased emphasis on technical expertise and quality control.

ACIC Sales Team specialists:

  • Mr. Artur Podniesinski Director of Sales & Marketing | C 707.302.9570
  • Mr. Russell Warren California Sales | C 707.386.8363
  • Ms Heather Polick National Sale | C 707 880.6628
  • Mr. Armando Andrade | C 707 290.2671


If you have any questions, please contact us directly or through . Thank you,


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News Archive

Get the Straight Answers to Your Closure Questions and Needs
29 January, 2020

The ACIC team will be at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium at booth A506 to answer any questions you might have about your closure needs. We will be showcasing an array of products in our arsenal from natural and technical corks, screw caps, bar tops, capsules and glass closures. We look forward to answering all your questions, stop by and see why we are A Champion In Closures.

ACIC Cork & Closures
UWGS Booth: A506

At ACIC we strive to provide customers in the wine, spirits and food industry with the highest quality standard closures. This goal is achieved through our dedication to customer service and the technical expertise of our team members and their ability to impart this information to our customers

We have established partnerships with some of the world’s best producers of natural corks and technical corks, bar tops, screw caps and capsules to provide a full range of closures.

ACIC increases their Tin Capsule line
15 February, 2017

ACIC is proud to present a large collection of fine tin capsules for the distilling industry as well as the fine wine industry.

Our lines now include all of the capsule and foil alternatives available to the North American markets




Sparkling Wine Foils

Custom and Stocks


We Have Moved
19 July, 2016

Dear Valued Customer,

We are excited to announce that we have moved from ACI Cork USA to ACIC Cork and Closures. As part of ACIC, we can now offer even more to the fast growing beverage, wine and food markets of the 21 st Century.

The ACIC Cork and Closures product line will include Natural and Technical Corks,Sparkling Wine Corks, Bar Tops, Polylam and Tin Capsules and Aluminum Screw Caps.Our intention is to improve the quality and customer service that you have come to expect. Enhanced capabilities, same great team. Going forward, you'll receive invoices from ACIC. Please update your payment records to reflect our new name.

As part of ACIC, we will strive to provide an even better customer service experience. ACIC offers a wider array of products and increased emphasis on technical expertise and quality control.

ACIC Sales Team specialists will be the same sales team as ACI Cork USA:

  • Mr. Phillip Durrett Sales Director | T 707.290.2040
  • Mr. Russell Warren Sales Representative | T 707.386.8363
  • Mr. Raul Marques Sales Representative | T 707.732.6487
  • Mr. Armando Andrade

If you have any questions, please contact us directly or through . Thank you,


ACI Cork USA Rolls Out New User-Friendly Website
23 February, 2015

Product Specifications and Options, Quality and Sustainable Production Techniques Emphasized in the Full-Featured Website

ACI Cork websiteFairfield, CA, USA — Natural cork is good for the earth and great for your wine. This important reminder about the most sustainable and recyclable wine closure is emblazoned across the new website for ACI Cork USA. Features include product specifications and options, order forms for artwork, and Team Member information as well as a look at cork closure production techniques from start-to-finish.

The company meets its goal of protecting the products of its customers by using state of the art technology for production and quality control. Step by step, the website illustrates how ACI Cork USA creates its quality cork products in a section on the production process.

There is no doubt about the sustainability of this natural wine stopper product, and a primer on “Sustainable Product” is included in the production process description which enumerates the eco benefits from harvest to finished cork product. Compliance with ISO and other good manufacturing practices is a hallmark of ACI Cork USA’s products.

Browsing the large number of cork wine stoppers, capsules, and screwcap closures gives customers a sense of the many product options offered by ACI Cork USA. For most products, both traditional and custom sizes are available. Tips on ways to keep corks fresh in winery or distillery or olive-oil processing facilities are a customer service element of the website. Additionally, the wide color selection for capsules (both tin and poly laminate) and screwcaps is vividly depicted.   An easy-to-use form for submitting artword specifications can also be accessed via the site.

On the new website, customers can also virtually meet the many ACI Cork USA team members who are responsible for getting their quality products delivered on-time and in spec.

Villicana Winery Uses ACI Bartops to Protect Artisanal Grape-based Spirits
16 January, 2015

RE:FIND ACI CorkPaso Robles, CA — Wineries search for packaging that not only protects their products’ integrity but also solidly emphasizes convenience and prestige within the category. Villicana Winery’s new grape-based spirits sport ACI synthetic bartops to accomplish these goals.

Consumer response to Villicana Winery’s new grape-based spirits has far exceeded expectations, proprietors Alex and Monica Villicana are happy to report. In just three years, the Paso Robles, Calif., couple has shepherded production of their category-busting RE:FIND Vodka and RE:FIND Gin to 1,500 cases annually, with a leap to 3,000 cases within reach for 2015.

The recently awakened thirst for craft spirits is fueling the popularity of this innovative product line. Made from premium, ripe, red-wine grapes, RE:FIND Vodka and Gin are the result of a process that emphasizes perfection at every step, from the selection of base ingredients to clean fermentation to diligent distillation. In keeping with traditional premium packaging in the spirits category, they chose to use bartop closures from ACI Cork USA.

Winemaker Alex Villicana had more than two decades of winemaking under his belt before he ventured into this wine-related product extension. “These spirits are wonderful in cocktails with fresh ingredients, or simply sipping on their own,” he relates. “They are changing public perceptions of what spirits can be.”

The halo of sustainability conferred by repurposing saignée undoubtedly adds to the growing appeal. Disposing of the excess grape juice in the production of his fine wines has long troubled Villicana. In search of a solution, he bypassed traditional aged brandy in favor of a product that could be released right away. After years of trial and error, in 2011 he hit the sweet spot. The first year’s production used only his own juice, but “incredible” consumer response encouraged him to reach out to other local wineries. Last year he collected 23,000 gallons–the equivalent of 150 tons of farmed grapes-which would otherwise have gone to waste.

As a long-time ACI Cork USA customer, purchasing 45×24 AC-1 natural wine corks for his award-winning estate wines, Villicana turned to his trusted supplier for closures for the new spirits line.

Sold in 375 ml and 750 ml clear glass bottles, RE:FIND Vodka and Gin are closed with ACI bartops with a wood top and a synthetic shank to preserve the taste and character of the clear spirits. Each bottle requires a different bartop diameter (19.5 and 22.5mm), which can make ordering complicated for the craft distiller, but ACI is “very accommodating of our need to place orders in small batches,” Alex Villicana says.

The Villicana Winery and tasting room are located at 2725 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446,  (805) 239-9456. For more information on products from Villicana Winery and RE:FIND Distillery, go to and

ACI CORK USA, celebrating its 10th anniversary in the United States, is located at 2870 Cordelia Road, Suite 150, Fairfield CA 94534. Telephone: (707) 426-3566.

Visit us at Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Booth # 1005,

January 27-29, 2015,   Sacramento, CA

Industry Veteran Raul Marques Joins ACI Cork USA
19 December, 2014

Sales executive brings more than 30 years of experience to closure supplier

Fairfield, CA, USA —  Raul Marques is the latest addition to the sales team at ACI CORK USA. Mr. Marques, a native of Portugal’s cork-growing region, has logged more than three decades in the cork business, occupying a progression of sales and management positions and working with winery customers around the globe.

Headquartered in Fairfield, California, ACI CORK USA provides cork and non-cork closures to producers of wine, distilled spirits, vinegars and oils in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

“Raul’s comprehensive knowledge of the industry is a great asset to our company,” comments Armando Andrade, General Manager of ACI CORK USA. “In addition, he shares our commitment to maintaining a premier position in customer service to the wine industry as our market share continues to grow.”

Since beginning his career on the production floor of a cork manufacturer near his home town, Mr. Marques has had a first-hand view of advances in all facets of the business, from forest management to the adoption of sophisticated processing technologies to the location of finishing plants near winemakers to foster frequent and convenient communication.

“Corks nowadays are much more reliable, thanks in large part to the continuous process improvement and rigid quality control practices such as those in place at ACI CORK USA,” he notes. “Today’s wineries enjoy a wide variety of closure options to protect their products and support brand identification initiatives. As a supplier it’s a definite advantage to offer a gamut of cork types, capsules and screw caps, along with the flexibility to meet their unique delivery requirements.

“I’m very pleased to serve our customers throughout California in this new capacity,” Mr. Marques concludes.

ACI CORK USA, headquartered in Fairfield, California USA, provides cork and non-cork closures to producers of wine, distilled spirits, vinegars and oils in the North American market. Corks are sourced from Portuguese companies that use world class technology to produce all-natural cork wine stoppers; other cork-based products sold by ACI CORK USA are the new innovative Nanocork™, several types of “technical” corks produced via agglomeration processes, closures for sparkling wines, and Bartop™ closures. Screwcaps and capsules, included in the ACI CORK USA product line, provide one-stop shopping for any wine closure need. After custom finishing each product to exacting customer specifications in the modern 30,000 sq ft Fairfield CA plant, ACI CORK USA provides closures to more than 600 winemakers in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Tennessee Valley Winery values both Tradition and Experimentation; Uses Natural Cork from ACI Cork USA
03 March, 2014

New Wines from Healthful Native Varietals and Sweeter Wines - Keep the Familiar "POP" with Natural Cork

Fairfield, CA - The oldest operating winery in Tennessee, Tennessee Valley Winery, upholds tradition while experimenting at the same time. Winemaker John Smook likes to hear the "pop" when he opens a bottle that was closed with natural cork from ACI Cork USA, and those bottles are increasingly filled with heart-healthy Muscadine-based wine.

Muscadine is a Native American grape that has proven to have high antioxidant properties, testing at more than double the desirable phytochemicals found in pomegranate juice, for example. Consumer trends toward foods with antioxidant properties have boosted interest in Tennessee Valley Winery's White Muscadine, Red Muscadine, and Pink Muscadine wines. The sweetness of Muscadine wines appeals to many Midwestern, Southern and East Coast palates. Tennessee Valley Winery vinifies other wines trending toward sweet, like a 100% Concord grape wine called Country Red, a blend of Vidal and Chambourcin called Mountain Blush, and Vidal Blanc.  

From its 12 acre vineyard in Loudon, TN, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee Valley Winery produces an average of 35,000 gallons of wine a year. Of this, all 4000 cases of the winery's Muscadine are topped with ACI Cork USA's AC-4 natural cork, a popular choice of many winemakers.   ACI Cork USA offers natural cork in a range of sizes and qualities to fit the operating and marketing needs of North American wineries.

"We plan our production at least one and a half years in advance," said winemaker-owner John Smook. "It's good to know we can get reliable deliveries from ACI Cork USA on a timely basis."

For more information on Tennessee Valley Winery, contact John Smook or Paulette Pierotti at 865-986-5147.

Visit ACI Cork USA at
Booth 205 - Eastern Winery Exposition
March 4 & 5, Lancaster, PA
Booth 615 - Wineries Unlimited
March 12 & 13, Richmond VA

ACI Cork USA, celebrating our 10th Anniversary in the United States, is located at 2870 Cordelia Road, Suite 150, Fairfield CA 94534. Telephone: (707) 426-3566.        Contact

     Tennessee Valley Winery uses Natural Cork from ACI Cork USA 

 Tennessee Valley Winery uses Natural Cork from ACI Cork USA

for its Muscadine and other wines.

Garagiste Wineries like Dubost Wines Use Highest Quality Cork from ACI Cork USA
17 January, 2014

Product Differentiation with High Quality Cork is Key to Marketing Unique Wines

ACI Cork USAFairfield, CA – Corks of the highest quality from ACI Cork USA are part of the premier packaging used by many wineries in the growing garagiste movement in North America. The AC-1 HAND SELECT tops bottles of Dubost Ranch wines because “we want the very best for our consumers,” according to Kate Dubost, Co-Owner/General Manager of this Paso Robles winery on California’s Central Coast.

Product differentiation is key to marketing garagiste wines and use of high end corks helps distinguish rare, artisanal, small production wines from the not-so-unique thousands of wines in the North American market.

ACI Cork USA provides natural cork bottle stoppers of all grades. The highest quality corks have little or no porosity, tend to be longer, and are preferred for wines destined for aging. The highest grades are AC1-hs (hand select), AC-1/flor, AC-2/extra, AC-3/super. Other corks in the grading system are designated Primero or Segundo.

HAND SELECT, the highest grade of corks representing the top 1 percent of quality, sell from 45 cents to $1.50 each. Because of their density, they ensure less oxygen ingress and as well as less bottle-to-bottle variation. This is highly important for Dubost Wines, whose most recent vintage of all-estate wines totaled 400 cases. Their flagship wines are their Tempranillo and Syrah.

“We buy the best available cork from ACI Cork USA, and this has paid off for us,” said Kate. “We don’t have a problem with tainted corks and so we have never experienced any losses because of TCA taint in our wines.”

Dubost takes great pride in its packaging so it also invests in good graphics and high quality paper for its labels. The family honors their late son Jacob by having ACI print Jacob’s signature on the corks as well as the Dubost logo.

“We garagiste wineries don’t have the advantage of economies of scale, but our customers value our choices in our viticultural practices and our winemaking. We intend to stay small and friendly,” said Kate. “We rely on word of mouth, and high quality packaging is part of keeping our promise to our consumers.” The family operation is also notable for its straw bale winery and tasting room, situated on the 320-acre Dubost Ranch in the historic Adelaida area west of Paso Robles, California.

Visit ACI Cork USA at Booth 1514
Unified Symposium, Sacramento
January 28 & 29th, 2014

Dubost wines

ACI Cork USA, celebrating our 10th Anniversary in the United States, is located at 2870 Cordelia Road, Suite 150, Fairfield CA 94534. Telephone: (707) 426-3566. Contact

Armando Andrade, General Manager  ~ Phil Durrett, Sales Manager  ~  Russ Warren, Sales

Polylam & Polytin Capsules, A Question, & A Helpful Hint
08 November, 2013

ACI Cork USA's range of polylam and polytin capsules provides wineries with a way to enhance consumer perception of quality via attractive packaging, and yet provides savings to you in packaging cost.


Metal capsules are unquestionably a prestige finish to a bottle, but are beyond the packaging budget allocated to some wines sold at mid-point or mass-market prices. ACI Cork USA's line of polylam and polytin capsules combine prestige looks with reasonable cost.


A polylam capsule is comprised of two materials: it is aluminum on top and a polylaminate material on the sides. They are available in several configurations: polylam comes in a standard thickness, and polytin provides an extra thickness that is designed for use on complicated bottles and neck profiles.

Polylam and polytin capsules are easy to apply on bottles. Available in a wide range of colors, they are an attractive finishing touch to your final product.   ACI Cork USA also offers 100% tin and 100% aluminum capsules.



Russ Warren, member of our sales team, made this observation:  "As a member of the cork purchasing team for the Robert Mondavi Corporation, I always asked this one question to the presidents of the various cork companies who came calling:  "Does a cork breathe, and if yes, how do you know?"

Now that he is in cork sales, Russ often asks winemakers this question:  "Do you attribute all bottle-to-bottle variations to the cork?"


It's interesting to Russ to hear the range of answers.  Where do you stand? Drop a line to with your response.



·    If you are bottling with a hand corker, leave the bottles neck up for 3 - 6 months. When you don't pull a vacuum during bottling, you create 20-25 PSI inside the bottle.

·    If you have corks left over, be sure to seal the bag, write the date and order number on it or, better yet, store them in the original box in a cool dry place. Sun light and fluorescent light will bleach or discolor corks so keep them in a box. 

ACI offers re-conditioning of your corks as a service to help reduce waste and contain your costs.

Corker Maintenance and Cork Order Timing
23 May, 2013

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:

  1. Print your corks
  2. Allow the ink to dry,
  3. Then we like 3 days to humidify the corks,
  4. After that, we apply a surface coating, 
  5. We inspect the corks before counting,
  6. 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 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 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.

Pic of Screwcap

Custom Screwcaps and Custom capsules are also available upon request! Please inquire for stock colors and samples.

Pic of Capsules


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 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   (717) 560-9463.
Tasting room hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Noon to 5 pm.


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:
Armando Andrade
 General Manager
2870 Cordelia Road, Suite 150
Fairfield, CA 94534  USA
   Tel:  707-426-3566

Portuguese Company Contact:
Armando Coehlo
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


Communications Contact:
Barbara Keck
Marketing Communications
San Francisco, CA
   Tel:  650-222-4342



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Title Name Email Phone
Operations Managerr Armando M. Andrade 707 290.2671
Director of Sales & Marketing Artur Podniesinski 707.302.9570
National Sales Heather Polick 707 880 6628
California Sales Russ Warren 707 386 8363

ACI Brings Experience To The Table...


(Armando, Phil, Russ)

...33 Years

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

 ...20 Years

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

...29 Years

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

Quality Product

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.

Reasonable Pricing

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, ACIC 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.

Scientific Excellence

State-of-the-art technology is the hallmark of ACIC'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.

    "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.

    “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.

    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.

Other Facts:

  • 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