The Origin

Since 2002, the company SYNCOR has produced and sold the "tightest-sealing stoppers" according to the comparative tests of the Geisenheim research institute. But the development of this high-quality cork began much earlier.

Like every wine lover, Josef Müller, General Manager of the companies SYNCOR e. K. and Spritzguss Müller GmbH, had experienced the greatest problem that arises from using natural corks: the cork taste. This is caused in some cases already in the country of origin due to improper storage of the harvested cork. If the cork sheets are stored at high temperature and with too much humidity, mould grows between the layers that can later produce the cork taste from wine corks.

The dilemma faced by winemakers apparently lay in using either corks of extremely high-quality (for a correspondingly high price) or settling for the aforementioned screw caps.

He saw a solution to the dilemma in a stopper of highest-quality plastic that does not give off any cork taste and is very gas-tight to afford optimal protection to the wine. This would put winemakers in a position to offer a stoppered wine regardless of quality fluctuations due to storage or harvesting quality. Just as it should be.

At the same time, consumers did not have to give up their beloved "plop" and the risk of a "corked" wine was completely eliminated.

1998

The development of a plastic cork began with various trials. A natural cork / plastic mixture was tested first. However, this stopper exhibited no significant improvements compared with natural cork. The idea was therefore discarded and a two-component cork was designed instead. This did not satisfy our requirements with regard to gas-tightness and was also abandoned. Both tests involved a total of roughly 56 taste tests as well as about 300 plastic mixture attempts.

End of 2000

The development of the cork was put on hold until the start of 2002 since special chip caps had to be developed for SIEMENS and the capacity of the development department had to be dedicated to this product.

2002 Continuation of the Development .

The development work for SIEMENS generated a tremendous level of development competence with regard to precision and gas-tightness, which was now fully applied to the development of the cork.

The SYNCOR corks came into being through the cooperation of specialists from the areas of plastics technology, bottling plants and a wine academic.
Laser specialists assisted us in developing the first 360° laser-engraving system ready for serial production
.

2003

The corks were sent to the Geisenheim Research Institute for storage tests. The years of development work were finally justified by the outstanding test result at the beginning of 2004.

Another year later and the second result from the Geisenheim Research Institute confirmed the extremely high gas-tightness as well as the taste-neutrality of the SYNCOR stopper. At the same time, the product selection was expanded with a 38-mm cork.

2007

The SYNCOR stopper is constantly under further development, true to our motto that "to stand still is to go backward". In January 2007, an entirely new feature was presented to the world: laser-engraved cork tops!

  • No food regulatory concerns,
  • No smearing ,
  • No taste impairment and visual improvement .

2009

The results of the seal analysis by DLR Mosel over the course of three years also demonstrated once again in July 2009 that SYNCOR offers the tightest seal. SYNCOR corks exhibited the highest values of free SO2.

2010

Following extensive experience with our SYNCOR stoppers, there is now also the perfect alternative to the BVS screw cap, the ‘GlasTwister’.
Honoured with the Innovation Award for Technical Advancement, the ‘GlasTwister’ offers the utmost neutral taste and impermeability in conjunction with the glass lens.

2012

Continuous improvement and optimisation is our goal. In addition to the ‘GlasTwister’, the ‘WoodTwister’ and ‘BioTwister’ adapt perfectly to the respective wine, sparkling wine, etc., thanks to the various glass or wood inlays.

End of 2012

GlasTwisters’ are now available in 12 different standard colours and can be printed using two different printing processes. No matter whether matt with pad printing or glossy with hot embossing printing.

2015

Now there is also the ideal alternative to standard natural corks, the new ‘NatureCork’ range. They are the ideal solution, no matter whether for wine, sparkling wine or spirits. Our NatureCorks not only look just like natural corks but also behave like them, too. The great advantage of wood over cork is that, in contrast to natural corks, there are no unpleasant musty tastes or cork fragments.

Our company will continue to pursue the goal of staying one step ahead of our competition. We will therefore dedicate all our efforts to the further development of our products in order to live up to the expectations of our customers.

Like every wine lover, Josef Müller, General Manager of the companies SYNCOR e. K. and Spritzguss Müller GmbH, had experienced the greatest problem that arises from using natural corks: the cork taste. This is caused in some cases already in the country of origin due to improper storage of the harvested cork. If the cork sheets are stored at high temperature and with too much humidity, mould grows between the layers that can later produce the cork taste from wine corks.
Müller never considered alternatives such as screw caps since the experience of uncorking was essential to the enjoyment of wine, in his opinion. Not to mention the image of the screw cap.
The dilemma faced by winemakers apparently lay in using either corks of extremely high-quality (for a correspondingly high price) or settling for the aforementioned screw caps.

He saw a solution to the dilemma in a stopper of highest-quality plastic that does not give off any cork taste and is very gas-tight to afford optimal protection to the wine. This would put winemakers in a position to offer a stoppered wine regardless of quality fluctuations due to storage or harvesting quality. Just as it should be.

At the same time, consumers did not have to give up their beloved "plop" and the risk of a "corked" wine was completely eliminated.

1998

The development of a plastic cork began with various trials. A natural cork / plastic mixture was tested first. However, this stopper exhibited no significant improvements compared with natural cork. The idea was therefore discarded and a two-component cork was designed instead. This did not satisfy our requirements with regard to gas-tightness and was also abandoned. Both tests involved a total of roughly 56 taste tests as well as about 300 plastic mixture attempts.

End of 2000

The development of the cork was put on hold until the start of 2002 since special chip caps had to be developed for SIEMENS and the capacity of the development department had to be dedicated to this product.

2002 - Continuation of the Development

The development work for SIEMENS generated a tremendous level of development competence with regard to precision and gas-tightness, which was now fully applied to the development of the cork.

The SYNCOR corks came into being through the cooperation of specialists from the areas of plastics technology, bottling plants and a wine academic.
Laser specialists assisted us in developing the first 360° laser-engraving system ready for serial production

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