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Monday, Sep. 19, 2011

NW wineries help Stelvin celebrate 40 years

The creators of the screwcap for wine cited two of the Pacific Northwest's largest wineries with helping to educate and expand the world market for their Stelvin closure.

Amcor Flexibles, which is celebrating 40 years of the Stelvin, credited Hogue Cellars for the continuing research it shares out regarding the bottling of wine using natural cork vs. screwcap. The winery in Prosser, Wash., recently devoted its entire production to using the Stelvin enclosure.

"Hogue Cellars winemakers have spent the last 10 years carefully evaluating wine closures and have determined that screwcaps with a Saranex liner preserve and protect our wine as well as or better than the best natural corks without the associated bottle variation or cork taint," Co Dinn, director of winemaking at Hogue Cellars, told Wine Press Northwest. "We recently made the decision to move our best red wines from cork to screwcap as of the 2009 vintage. We have worked with Stelvin over 10 years and two studies and have been very satisfied with the quality and performance of their screwcaps."

Another testimonial came from Oregon's largest producer, A to Z Wineworks.

“We use Stelvin to protect the consistency and quality of our wine” is the quote attributed to the group led by Bill Hatcher and includes San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

In the past eight years, the screwcap market has increased from 300 million to 3.6 billion units, according to Amcor. The company has its headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, and the growth of the Aussie wine industry is a key reason for the reported double-digit growth of Stelvin sales in the past decade.

"This is a reflection of our customers' trust in our product and, with a predicted market growth of over 50 percent from now until 2016, the Stelvin screw cap is well-placed to continue to delight its customers," Karen Quirchove, marketing manager for Amcor Flexibles Capsules, said in a news release.