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Arrive to the main gate of the Nocavortiça Cork Factory, near São Brás de Alportel, and enter, ready to discover the fascinating world of cork.

Begin with a conference room briefing and learn about the family-run roots of the company. Then follow your guide on a tour of the factory itself, and learn about the different processes, resources, and machinery used to create the final product.

Discover the eco-friendly qualities of cork, and learn about the extraction methods used to ensure the oak and tree are not damaged, then gain insight into the corking process for the world’s best wines and Champagnes, as well as other modern uses for the sustainable material.

Conclude your family-friendly tour back at the main entrance, with new insight into the production cycle, from seed, to tree, to panel, to bottle- or otherwise.

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Novacortica Cork Factory Tour
Overview
Escape the crowded beach and bustling streets of Faro with an informative tour of Nocavortiça Cork Factory. Learn about the origins of the natural material, and uncover the process that turns it from bark tissue to bottle stopper. Ideal for a family excursion, be escorted by a professional guide around the factory’s working machinery, and discover the many uses for cork beyond corkage.
Highlights
  • Enjoy an informative activity, accessible for all the family
  • Avoid the heat of the day with a indoor excursion
  • Learn more about cork’s harvest process and alternative uses from your professional guide
  • See a functioning factory at work
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Reviewed 15 July 2018
Fascinating Cork Tour

Fantastic insight into Cork and how it is produced, processed and what can be made from it. Plus I never knew there were so many variations of wine/champagne bottle corks! Our guide was very informative, spoke excellent English and answered all questions we asked her,...More

1  Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 25 May 2018
Very interesting...

We booked this trip on Viator via TripAdvisor. It was about £22.48 for two of us. There's plenty of car parking space at the front and we received a warm welcome at reception. The tour lasted over 2 hours and was very well presented by...More

1  Thank merseyblue-1
Reviewed 4 May 2018
Who knew that growing cork and manufacturing cork products could be so interesting?

We didn't book and just turned up, to be greeted with smiles and welcomes. They were able to accommodate us without a problem, but this may have been because it was out of season, so I would consider booking. Our tour guide was a feisty...More

3  Thank Kaine V
Reviewed 11 April 2018
Informative and well-presented

Full of interesting information. Guide knew her subject and interacted well with her audience. Thoroughly enjoyed the talk and the walk around the factory.

1  Thank Linda W
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile
Cork tour.

Very good presentation, worth checking out. You come away with the knowledge that all the good cork goes to France for the champagne corks.

2  Thank TravelNow0252
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