So what’s the deal with these bottle tops?
Screw top wine made its first appearance in the 1970s. Australia and Swiss wine companies began marketing no-cork bottles with a closure system under the brand name Stelvin. Even screw top bottles that were not made in this exact style were dubbed “stelvin” bottles, which is still how some people refer to the closure.
As you probably know, it took quite some time for screw top wine to become popular but by the 2000s, Australia and New Zealand shifted hard towards screw top wine bottles. This was for the simple reason that good cork was harder to come by. Most European wineries already had good deals with high quality cork tree harvesting companies, so it was easier for Australian and New Zealand to skip the cork all together.
Now, you can find screw top wine almost anywhere, but most commonly in non-European wines. In places such as France, screw top wine is harder to find. On a technical level, they and other European wine makers would have to totally reinvest in new machinery and bottling processes. The changeover seems unlikely for the time being.
There are some great reasons why I love screw top wine
Screw top wine is AWESOME.
Firstly, the bottles are easy to use–you literally just twist! Secondly, they are GREAT for picnics… I don’t know about ya’ll but, I’ve definitely been that person who has forgotten to bring a cork screw to that family picnic, so… yeah… And lastly, screw tops eliminate any possibility of cork taint.
A lot of consumers have been brainwashed into thinking that screw top wine must be low quality and therefor inferior to corked wine, but this is just a myth.
SCREW CAPS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH WINE QUALITY!
How long does it last tho
Well, that depends on how you treat it and how it’s meant to be aged. In general, it actually lasts longer than corked wine. The screw top itself will not hurt the wine as it ages inside the bottle. The top completely removes the faults that can be caused by corks.
As with any wine though, make sure you always keep your wine away from light, in a cool place with minimal temperature fluctuation.
But as I always say, there is absolutely NO REASON to age your wine. It is ready for consumption RIGHT NOW.