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LAFITTE CORK AND CAPSULE INC

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Address

45 Executive Court
Napa
CA, 94558
United States
Phone
(707) 258-2675
Fax
(707) 258-0558
Primary
Mark Hautala

One Family...One Vision!

Crowning the Achievements of Fine Wine for Generations

Lafitte is a French family with a reputation in the cork industry for supplying the finest cork for over four generations. Beginning in France, the company moved its major production site to Northern Portugal in 1956, in order to be directly involved in the selection of fine cork from the most thriving and sustainable cork forests in the world. In 2003, Lafitte purchased a second processing plant in Portugal to meet an increasing demand for quality cork production.

 

"We've set the standard for quality and value

with a commitment to you, our products and the environment."

–Jean Francois Lafitte

 

Lafitte Cork & Capsule - North America

In 1982 Jacques Lafitte opened a processing facility in Napa, CA known as Lafitte Cork & Capsule.  This faciltiy processes corks and capsules for direct sale to North American customers.  Lafitte Cork & Capsule offers a full inventory of cork grades, lengths and washes for lot selection.

In addition to wine closures, LCC offers a complete range of stock PVC, Polylaminate, Alustar, and Tin capsules at our Napa plant.  We can also offer fully customizable capsules manufactured at our facilities in France in a wide array of sizes, colors and finishes to meet your precise marketing and technical demands.

Lafitte Cork & Capsule has built an impressive reputation in the wine packaging industry by delivering the highest quality natural cork closures and foils for decades.  We take immense pride in offering the best service platform in North America.

 

Our Products and Services...


Lafitte Cork Products...

The unique organic properties and sustainability of cork make it an ideal choice for wine closure. The Lafitte Cork line produces a range of natural, agglomerated, colmated or bartop cork stoppers that are customized to suit your specific preferences and the aging qualities of your wine.

Our experienced sales team works in partnership with you to select the highest quality cork product to best meet your needs.

 

 

Lafitte Capsule Products...

Lafitte produces a complete range of PVC, Polylaminate, Aluminum and Tin capsules in a wide array of sizes, colors and finishes to meet your needs. Our commitment to research and development, makes us a leader in wine capsule production. Our expertise in photoengraving and silk-screen printing provide you with exciting design possibilities.

 

Our Guarantee...

We believe it is our responsibility to make advancements in the technology, service and stewardship of our resources and continue to set the standards of excellence in our industry.

This ensures our commitment to maintaining sustainable partnerships at all levels of our service and production. 

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Lafitte Cork Products
Lafitte Cork Products
Our selection of cork closures include Natural Cork, Agglo 1+1 Cork, Micro Agglomerate Cork, Colmated Cork and Natural Cork Bar Tops. Lafitte offers an unparalleled quality assurance program that works at both the preventative and curative levels of cork production from harvest to processing.
Lafitte Capsule Products
Lafitte Capsule Products
Lafitte produces a complete range of PVC, Polylaminate, Aluminum and Tin capsules in a wide array of sizes, colors and finishes to meet your needs. Our commitment to research and development makes us a leader in wine capsule production.
Lafitte Custom Capsules
Lafitte Custom Capsules
Make your mark with custom capsules from Lafitte! Choose from embossing, photoengraving, silk screening and precise color matching to ensure your custom capsules are the crowning achievement of your brand.
Lafitte Electus
Lafitte Electus
The quest begins in the cork forest and continues through the meticulous process of hand selecting only the finest, ultra premium natural corks. The ELECTVS System is the final measure of quality assurance which delivers the perfect cork to pair with your perfect wine. ELECTVS is the latest achievement from the Lafitte Group provides a scientific method of single cork analysis backed by our 100% guarantee.
Portuguese Cork Harvest 2013
Portuguese Cork Harvest 2013
Hear the sounds, see the precision of the Portuguese Cork Harvesters at work.

News Archive


The ELECTVS System: Quality Corks from Forest to Table...
07 March, 2018

The quest begins in the cork forest and continues through the meticulous process of hand selecting only the finest, ultra premium natural corks.

The ELECTVS System is the final measure of quality assurance which delivers the perfect cork to pair with your perfect wine. 

ELECTVS is the latest achievement from the Lafitte Group provides a scientific method of single cork analysis backed by our 100% guarantee.

Demanding Quality Standards

Few companies are as focused and driven as Lafitte. A commitment to innovation and quality paired with a generational family approach to business. Our demanding quality standards are measured at each phase of production using advanced testing and measurement techniques. Pictured above, the ELECTVS System provides a scientific method of single cork analysis to ensure the highest level of quality in our ultra premium corks. 

Quality Overview

Wine corks originate from the bark of the cork oak tree. Like wine making, cork production is a meticulous art form. Many vital measures are involved in the transformation of cork oak bark into high quality wine cork stoppers. Lafitte is continually striving to improve the quality of the wine cork production using the latest available research.

Lafitte Cork and Capsule has earned the trust of wineries throughout the industry that demand high standards of quality. We take pride in ensuring the highest quality goods and services and we guarantee the integrity of the product during storage, handling, and shipping to your winery.

Current research demonstrates that natural corks provide unmatched excellence for wine closure, and that consumers enjoy the sophistication and ceremonial appeal of the wine experience that natural cork preserves. Lafitte believes that cork is wine’s discreet guardian.

Quality Regulations

Our high quality production is organized according to the International Code of Cork Stopper Manufacturing SYSTCODE published by the European Cork Confederation and we are one of the founding members of the Cork Quality Council (CQC) in California, and members of CTCOR and C.E. Liège in Europe.

Our Lafitte Portugal production facility is ISO9002 certified and all material used in manufacturing and treatment is FDA approved.

Our Integral Quality Control Lab is committed to using the latest technical advancements to ensure the improvement of the production process.

Independent solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) testing is performed by CEVAQOE in Portugal and ETS labs in California to ensure you receive the best possible quality.

Product and Quality Innovations

Lafitte is continually evolving with the development of new technology, product options, and quality control measures. Our understanding and control of TCA in natural cork has greatly improved through a commitment to research and development of new sensory-based quality control methods. With over 50 years of industrial experience, Lafitte’s eager attention to new and evolving industry standards ensures our continual improvement in producing the highest quality cork products suitable for all wines.

To maximize the neutrality of our cork products, Lafitte Portugal utilizes a state of the art processing system, coupled with sensory analysis including independent GCMS analysis for TCA screening. 

In conjunction with our sensory analysis of all lots of raw cork, an external laboratory screens for TCA through SPME, gas chromatography, and mass spec analysis to help us maximize the neutrality of all our products.

Our Napa facility operates the first ozone infused moisture room in California. This innovative ozone generator helps to eliminate microbiological growth on treated corks without byproducts or residual contaminants.

Lafitte produces capsules, using the highest quality material currently available, at two facilities in France. We use the latest technology for capsule production and our technical teams work closely with customers, glass manufacturers, and equipment suppliers to meet the most exacting demands of the ever-changing wine industry. 


ELECTVS and the Quest for Perfection...
07 December, 2016

ELECTVS offers single cork analysis backed by our 100% guarantee!


The Next Level of Quality Assurance...
01 August, 2016

ELECTVS ADVERTISEMENT


A New Generation of Ultra Premium Natural Cork!
23 May, 2016

 

The French Evolution. Fleurs de Lafitte. A New Generation of Ultra Premium Cork.Full page print ad for Fleurs de Lafitte


Lafitte Cork & Capsule Partners with SICPA to Deliver Product and Brand Protection
16 January, 2015

Title Name Email Phone
General Manager Mark Hautala mhautala@lafitte-usa.com (707) 258-2675
Operations Manager Ali Sullivan asullivan@lafitte-usa.com (707) 258-2675
Vice President of Sales Rob Stasko rstasko@lafitte-usa.com (707) 287-3404
Regional Account Manager Southwestern Unite Michael Stump mstump@lafitte-usa.com (714) 334-7653
Regional Account Manager Sonoma, Lake & Mendocino Nate Page npage@lafitte-usa.com (707) 486-5788
Regional Account Manager Oregon, Washington Pete McAfee pmcafee@lafitte-usa.com (509) 240-2749
Sales Administrator Denise Rico drico@lafitte-usa.com (707) 258-2675
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From Forest to Table... ELECTVS is the last measure of quality assurance.


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Lafitte USA Capsule Product Sheet


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Lafitte USA Molded Micro Agglo Spec Sheet


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Lafitte USA Quality & Innovation


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Lafitte USA Cork Product Sheet


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Why Choose Lafitte Cork?


Alustar Capsule
Alustar is our popular Aluminum capsule that offers the form and function of Tin at a more affordable price. Computerized silk screening and color blending enables us to color match to your label or artwork in order to produce a top-notch finished product.
Polylam Capsule
Polylam capsules from Lafitte are made by laminating (or layering) aluminum, polyethylene and aluminum.  Polylam provides economy while maintaining a high-quality metal image.  This product is available in standard 110 micron and heavy weight 115 micron.
PVC Capsule
Lafitte offers one of the highest quality, shrinkable PVC capsules on the market. Featuring increased color capabilities, heat shrink capsules can be color matched to your label and can be produced with a variety of ...
Luxury Tin Capsule
Our very popular tin capsules offer only the highest quality of materials and construction. Computerized silk screening, embossing and color blending enables us to match your label or artwork; ultimately producing a superb finished product. ...
Bar Top Closure
A natural cork stopper with a plastic disc top designed for easy removal and re-use. The bar top is generally used for bottling fine spirits, olive oil or vinegar and is available in both natural ...
Twin Top (1+1) Closure
The 1+1 closure from Lafitte is made with natural cork discs at each end of an agglomerated cork constructed of natural cork granules sourced from the production of our natural cork closures.
Micro Agglo Cork Closure
A perfectly balanced system from Lafitte offering two high performance products, the CLASS and the IN-NOVA.  Both products benefit from the revolutionary MAXCLEAN System.
Natural Cork Closure
Lafitte provides natural cork closures of the highest grade, made from only the best quality cork oak and subjected to rigorous quality control to ensure top performance.