These days a wine cork is more than just a simple wine closure — corks are a creative way for wineries to build their brand. Imprints on wine corks vary from informational to just plain entertaining!
Corks are a perfect place for wineries to promote their websites and social media. King Estate was one of the first (if not the first) to use their corks to publicize their twitter handle.
Kendall-Jackson chose to highlight their choice of Nomacorc’s synthetic wine corks by imprinting their corks with founder Jess Jackson’s statement, “I selected this cork to ensure the highest wine quality.”
Wineries also use their corks to reinforce their name. The wine corks from Besitos Winery are particularly eye-catching and memorable. “Besitos” is the literal translation of “little kisses” in Spanish, and this winery emblazons a lipstick smooch and their web address on their corks. Who is going to forget a wine with a cork that looks this cool?
Likewise, Dirty Laundry Vineyard uses a playful “hush, hush” to decorate their corks — a great way to remind customers of their name. Somehow, I don’t think they really want you to keep this Dirty Laundry a secret.
Of course, other wineries use quotes and funny sayings on their corks too. Robert Mondavi Winery’s corks (shown at top of post) note, “A day without wine is like a day without sunshine.” And just try not to chuckle when you see Mad Housewife Cellars’ corks that read, “This IS what’s for dinner, honey!” and “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, darling!”
With such interesting corks to be had, who wants to throw them away? If you’re one who collects corks, consider displaying your collection through one of these DIY tutorials:
- DIY Wine Cork Wreath
- DIY Wine Cork Letter
- DIY Wine Cork Bath Mat
- DIY Wine Cork Canapé Knives
- DIY Cheese Markers
Janel Piersma is virtual assistant, mom, and “law school wife” in Virginia. She blogs about motherhood, DIY, crafts, and living on a student’s budget at Life with L & E.