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cork brand

Designation for the imprint on the side surface and/or the bottom of a cork of wine and sparkling wine bottles. In the past, this information was actually still burned onto the cork, from which the term is derived. Today, however, an imprint is usually the norm. Usually, the origin of the wine or producer or bottler is indicated here, as well as the vintage, usually on the bottom (wine side). The text mise en bouteille à la propriété(producer bottling) is often found on French corks. The cork brand originally had the task of guaranteeing the authenticity of the wine, as it could not be changed as easily as the label. It was also helpful in identifying the wine if the label had come off or become unrecognisable during storage. The modern self-adhesive labels made the cork brand largely superfluous. The customs or wine law regulations differ from country to country. The wine laws in Germany and Austria no longer prescribe its use since 2009. However, cork spirits are still frequently used as an additional identification and authenticity seal. The possible indications must not be false or deliberately misleading. See also under wine labelling law.

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