Amcor marks 60th anniversary of ‘revolutionary’ screw cap range

AMCOR Capsules, a specialist in closures and capsules for wine and spirits brands, is marking the 60th anniversary of its STELVIN aluminum screw cap range for wine.

The development of STELVIN in 1964 in Chalon-sur-Saône, France, is said to have been a major milestone in the wine industry. At a time when there were no screw cap alternatives available, the concept of STELVIN was pioneered to address challenges faced by the Swiss grape variety Chasselas, which is known for its sensitivity to cork taint.

The STELVIN mechanical system provided a solution that preserves the wine’s aromas, freshness, taste and quality, while providing ‘optimal preservation’.

Switzerland was the first country to adopt STELVIN for its wine and spirit brands. Since then, the brand has gained momentum in other markets. In 2001, ‘The Screwcap Initiative’ was established in New Zealand to widespread the use of screw caps as a wine bottle closure method. Today, Amcor said that 90% of wine bottles in Australia and New Zealand use screw caps.

Yannick Magnon, general manager of Amcor Capsules, said, “When STELVIN screw cap was invented, we were the first to partner with winemakers to help them swap their methods of bottle closures, which was seen as a revolution at the time. Like all innovators, STELVIN has been imitated over the years, but its heritage and impact on the wine industry has never been matched. With STELVIN, Amcor remains the market leaders for wine screw caps thanks to the quality we provide as well as the knowledge and expertise of our teams.”

Last October, Amcor Capsules revealed its entire STELVIN 30H60 aluminium screw cap range for wine and spirits brands now emits up to 35% less carbon emissions compared to a standard screw cap produced with European aluminium sheets.

STELVIN has always adapted to the needs of the market, from functional capabilities to offering various designs such as STELVIN LUX, a closure without external threading. There is also STELVIN INSIDE, a choice of PVDC FREE liners with different oxygen transmission rates (OTR) for winemakers to select from.