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Neatcork: Spanish-German business partnership marks the end of tainted wine

July 2012

Wine bottle corks

Spanish entrepreneurs and German researchers have popped the cork on a new partnership aiming to produce a taint-free cork. Thanks to EU help, Maquinaria Moderna, a Spanish small business specialising in the bottling of wine and champagne, joined forces with a team of researchers from the Institute of Plasma Research in Germany to put this idea in practice.

The researchers set up the ‘Neatcork’ project examining how corks could be treated to eliminate any risk of cork taint.

They turned to their local branch of the Enterprise Europe Network to find partners. This is how they got in touch with the Maquinaria Moderna.

Other businesses involved in the project include Antonelli San Marco and Champagne Laurenti, 2 family businesses specialising in wine and champagne production, and the medium-sized industrial technology company AFS.

The project received €1.01 million in funding under the EU’s research framework programme (FP7). “When we become the first to produce a taint-free cork, that will be great for business,” explains Maquinaria Moderna manager Ramon Ventura. The project is expected to benefit thousands of European winegrowers as they will be able to improve the quality of their products while increasing customer satisfaction.

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