Cork harvest

Workers harvest cork oak at Parque Natural de los Alcornocales on July 3 in Spain. Spain and Portugal are the largest producers of cork in the world.

ALCALA DE LOS GAZULES, SPAIN - JULY 03: An axeman, 'Hacha,' removes the bark from a cork oak at Parque Natural de los Alcornocales on July 3, 2013 near Alcala de los Gazules, Spain. Spain and Portugal are the largest producers of cork in the world with Los Alcornocales Natural Park in the Iberian Peninsula being the leading region for production. The ancient cork cultivated in these oak forests is a major world export, financially benefitting the region. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
ALCALA DE LOS GAZULES, SPAIN - JULY 03: An axeman, 'Hacha,' removes the bark from a cork oak at Parque Natural de los Alcornocales on July 3, 2013 near Alcala de los Gazules, Spain. Spain and Portugal are the largest producers of cork in the world with Los Alcornocales Natural Park in the Iberian Peninsula being the leading region for production. The ancient cork cultivated in these oak forests is a major world export, financially benefitting the region. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
ALCALA DE LOS GAZULES, SPAIN - JULY 03: Axeman 'Hacha' Bartolome Gallego, 34, removes the bark of a cork oak at Parque Natural de los Alcornocales on July 3, 2013 near Alcala de los Gazules, Spain. Spain and Portugal are the largest producers of cork in the world with Los Alcornocales Natural Park in the Iberian Peninsula being the leading region for production. The ancient cork cultivated in these oak forests is a major world export, financially benefitting the region. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
ALCALA DE LOS GAZULES, SPAIN - JULY 03: Axeman 'Hacha' Bartolome Gallego, 34, removes the bark of a cork oak at Parque Natural de los Alcornocales on July 3, 2013 near Alcala de los Gazules, Spain. Spain and Portugal are the largest producers of cork in the world with Los Alcornocales Natural Park in the Iberian Peninsula being the leading region for production. The ancient cork cultivated in these oak forests is a major world export, financially benefitting the region. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
CAZALLA DE LA SIERRA, SPAIN - JULY 02: Gloria Maria Medina, 25, (L) and Cecilia Gil, 49, (R) select natural cork washers at a factory on July 2, 2013 in Cazalla de la Sierra, near Seville, Spain. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
CAZALLA DE LA SIERRA, SPAIN - JULY 02: Gloria Maria Medina, 25, (L) and Cecilia Gil, 49, (R) select natural cork washers at a factory on July 2, 2013 in Cazalla de la Sierra, near Seville, Spain. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Jesus Rios Nogales, 49, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Jesus Rios Nogales, 49, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Cork planks are stacked at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Cork planks are stacked at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Joaquin Chacon 55, cuts cork planks at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Joaquin Chacon 55, cuts cork planks at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Cork planks are stacked at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Cork planks are stacked at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: (L-R) Jesus Rios Nogales, 49, and Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, take out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: (L-R) Jesus Rios Nogales, 49, and Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, take out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Joaquin Chacon, 55, checks cork planks at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Joaquin Chacon, 55, checks cork planks at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
Cork Harvest in Spain
EL PEDROSO, SPAIN - JULY 02: Ezequiel Rodriguez, 21, takes out a pile of cork planks from boiling at a factory on July 2, 2013 in El Pedroso, near Seville, Spain. A factory in El Pedroso processes raw cork planks through traditional methods. The bark from the oak is harvested every nine years, through traditional methods. The best planks are sourced for wine bottling corks while the rest is processed into agglomerate cork. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)

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