New Zealand takes lead in screwcaps as wine closures

Friday, 19 November, 2004
Terry Dunleavy
Leadership of the worldwide move to screwcaps as wine closures has passed to New Zealand following the 1st International Screwcap Symposium just completed in Marlborough’s main town, Blenheim where over 260 delegates from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, UK, France, Italy, USA, Chile, and India, agreed to a committee to establish an international organization dedicated to promoting and improving screwcap wine closures.

The symposium was conceived and organized by the New Zealand Screwcap Initiative, started in 2001 by a group of Marlborough wineries frustrated by rising levels of contamination of their wines from TCA in natural corks. Since then, screwcap use in New Zealand has spread rapidly and it is estimated that over 70 per cent of the country's 2004 vintage wines will be sealed by screwcap.

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