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. 

From forest to table... 

 

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.

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