Inside Sardinia: Cork from the Gallura

Sardinian cork oak grows in abundance in the northwestern part of the island. The forests are large and breathtaking and the capital of cork in Sardinia is a small mountain town called Calangianus in the province of Olbia-Tempio.

Cork planks are used to create some fascinating items like: kitchen utensils, serving trays, containers, insulation, spice stands and various souvenirs like: purses, notebooks and postcards.

85% of Italy’s bottled cork comes from the northwestern region of the Gallura.

June cork by Jennifer Avventura

Cork oak is first harvested when the tree reaches the age of 25-30 years and then harvested every 10 years after. The lifespan of a cork oak 150 years.

Have you checked your cork lately?

About Jennifer Avventura

Canadian Freelance writer living in Sardinia, Italy. A serial expat who has lived in Australia, England and Cayman Islands. She eats Nutella with a spoon and hides under the bed during lightning storms. When she's not out running 6k you will find her sitting at the computer - writing her novel and searching for worldwide waitress work.
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6 Responses to Inside Sardinia: Cork from the Gallura

  1. Rosemarie Kleinberg says:

    Happy New Year Jennifer
    As always a very interesting article on what Sardegna has to offer! Hope all is well with you and your husband! May God Bless and have a great day!


  2. colonialist says:

    English is crazy. ‘The wine is uncorked’ means it is open and ready to drink. ‘This wine is corked’ means it is undrinkable. I had no idea where corks came from, though!

  3. ruth says:

    Excellent photo & explanation. Bet most people never gave a thought to where cork originates or how its harvested.

  4. Paul says:

    Thanks for the insight. I will be travelling by there, are there stores in the town where you can buy cork products?

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