A copper capsule adds value to the packaging and enhances the content of the bottle: aging and oxidation create truly unique textures and hues that make each bottle one of a kind

Technically speaking, a capsule is a guarantee closure that protects both the cork and the wine inside the bottle. But to Intercap, Italian company in the sector for more than 30 years, it is much more than that.

Packaging speaks volume about wine, and capsule and label are fundamental elements. So, consumers are conquered by bottle design before even tasting the wine it contains. That is why to Intercap the capsule is design, able to increase the value of the product.

Recently, Intercap has launched on the market its new “SPARCUPRUM®” closure, made of real copper.

Its Latin etymology highlights the uniqueness of this capsule produced by coextruding real copper with vegetal polyethylene. This metal has been chosen for its many properties. It is a very common metal that can be found normally in the environment and in any organic tissue.

Copper is known to be eco-friendly for its total recyclability. Ductile and malleable, it is easily workable. Moreover, being antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibacterial, it is also used for antiseptic and anti-inflammatory treatments. For example, the tradition of wearing copper bracelets to fight rheumatologic problems goes back to 6,000 b. C.

Alike other metals, copper oxidizes. In fact, simple exposure to light or humidity will turn it initially brownish and less bright. Over time, a thin greenish patina will cover and protect it from external attacks. Intercap’s new “Sparcuprum®” copper capsule adds value to the packaging and enhances the bottle content. Aging and oxidation may generate truly unique texture and hues that make every bottle one of a kind.

When design becomes eco-friendly, it means the company is at the cutting-edge and committed to safeguarding the surrounding environment. It could not be otherwise since the company is fully immersed in the Canelli hills, UNESCO world heritage site and highly renowned for its wine-mechanics sector. Intercap has been the first company, in the oenological sector, to introduce a solvent recovery system in 2008: ethyl acetate from the painting is recovered to be used later as ink diluent. This system has enabled Intercap to dramatically reduce its CO2 emissions. On the same line, a new polylaminate born: Polynature®, a recyclable polylaminate whose polymer is 100% vegetal. The capsules made of this material are eco-friendly, or better, as Intercap says “LIFE-friendly”. This material has been officially recognized in 2019 as recyclable by Australian and New Zealand governmental bodies in charge of defining the recyclability of packaging (PREP-APCO).