Members of the South African Cork Council who comply fully with the standards as set out in its Manual of Procedures* qualify for accreditation and using the Cork Council’s seal of quality.
Accredited members are audited regularly to ensure their continued compliance. A member who does not pass an audit will be given a suitable period to rectify the situation. Failure to comply will result in a member being suspended.
How does accreditation benefit wine makers and merchants?
Accreditation represents a hallmark of quality when buying natural corks. Natural cork from accredited members of the Cork Council have been scientifically tested for releasable TCA by independent laboratories to ensure that its levels are far lower than levels capable of ruining a bottle of wine.
How does accreditation benefit consumers?
Most wine drinkers are familiar with corked wine. Accreditation represents a hallmark of cork quality when buying wine, making cork the best seal available. Natural cork from accredited members of the Cork Council have been scientifically tested and found to have taint levels that are far lower than levels capable of ruining a bottle of wine.