Discovering Spanish cork trees

Mary Stewart, one of our local friends to Tallis Wine, recently posted this article on our blog: "We recently travelled to Spain for a wonderful family holiday. We were fascinated by the cork trees which grew throughout much of spain, with stock grazing beneath them. They grow to approximately 30 feet, with broad spreading limbs. Our limited spanish made information gathering difficult, but we understand that the cork bark is removed from half the tree trunk, every ten years, by licensed teams. We have some photos of cork trees from which part of the trunk has been removed. The Spanish don’t seem to favour screw tops Casino Dkaplan for their wine bottles."

Cork trees in Spain

A layer of cork is carefully removed every 10 years