Wine capsules are packaging materials that are tightly placed atop wine bottle closures. Historically used to prevent dust, mold and pests from damaging corks during cellaring, today’s wine capsules offer consumers a tamper-proof guarantee and an opportunity to complete a product’s look with the right finishing aesthetic. “Although closures are in constant flux, making the most of the capsule has, ironically, become simpler and less expensive with new processes and materials,” says Jane Firstenfeld, contributing editor for Wines & Vines.
While some producers have done away with capsules altogether, the majority of businesses still plump for a capsule. While wine capsules are not legally required for retail sales, they are considered part of the industry’s standard look and offer additional opportunities for branding and logo or seal placement. That can help a bottle stand out on a shelf or be differentiated within a product line.
Wine capsules traditionally were made from lead but due to environmental concerns, these types have been discontinued since 1996. The industry has moved into a variety of other options including: tin, aluminum, PVC and polylaminate.
For the application of tin, aluminum and polylaminate capsules, you’ll need a capsule spinner. The spinner uses a series of rollers to compress and mold the capsule onto the bottle. For PVC capsule placement, you’ll need a heat-shrinker.
Depending on what type of material you choose, there are many customizable components to capsules. What’s right for your business will depend on how you want to display or store your product. Capsules can support a range of colors, textures, logo applications and optional embossing. Each supplier has their own range and speciality, so you’ll want to compare pricing and options for each.