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Ganau launches EPIQ – Corks with threshold of ≤0.5 ng/L TCA — below level of human perception. Process backed by peer-reviewed science



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Ganau reveals EPIQ, a natural cork with threshold of ≤0.5 ng/L 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole (TCA) that uses a scientifically verified technology with a sensitivity rate at least five times higher than other methods.


The technology — Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer — screens every individual cork within three seconds and it has been verified by publication in Analytical Chemistry (1), a peer-reviewed publication of the American Chemistry Society.


In 2018, Ganau partnered with Switzerland-based Tofwerk, a global leader in time-of-flight (TOF) Mass Spectrometry­­­, to adopt the VOCUS® technology, a cutting-edge chemical ionization combined with high resolution time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer. Versions of this instrument are successfully used by NASA and CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research).


In a first-of-its-kind breakthrough, VOCUS® shows a linear correlation with the standard ISO 20752 also known as Releasable TCA (RTCA) (2). These findings have been published and validated by the peer-reviewed journal, Analytical Chemistry, published by the American Chemical Society(1).


VOCUS® technology slows down a high-end TOFMS (Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer) to accurately read the TCA concentration on each individual cork in a matter of 3 seconds and without compromise.

Watch the video to fully understand why EPIQ is revolutionary.

Ganau is a family owned and operated business established in 1941, currently at its third generation. The family is proud and excited to be launching a product that shatters all previous industry standards, elevating technology at its best and offering an unambiguous solution to the detection of TCA.


Please contact to learn more about how EPIQ can serve your wine bottling needs.

Ganau America, Inc.

21900 Carneros Oak Lane

Sonoma, CA 95476

Phone: 707.939.1774



Ganau America is a subsidiary of Sugherificio Ganau SpA and serves clients throughout North America from the heart of California’s wine country. Its 40,000-square-foot facility located in the city of Sonoma features a state-of-the-art testing laboratory and precisely engineered machines for branding, lubrication and packaging.


(1) Cappellin L, Lopez-Hilfiker FD, Pospisilova V, Ciotti L, Pastore P, Gonin M, Hutterli MA. Thermal Desorption-Vocus Enables Online Nondestructive Quantification of 2,4,6-Trichloroanisole in Cork Stoppers below the Perception Threshold. Anal Chem. 2020 Jul 21;92(14):9823-9829. doi: 10.1021/acs.analchem.0c01326. Epub 2020 Jun 30. PMID: 32520529.

(2) ETS Laboratories – (Hervé E., Price S. and Burns G. – ASEV 1999