In 1871 William Rankin Junior arrived in Portugal to commence cork farming operations on land recently leased from the Portuguese Royal Family.
Within a few short years the Rankin family had established operations extending from forestry through to processing and manufacturing.
William himself travelled by horseback throughout Southern Portugal and Spain in his quest for premium cork. In doing so he established the farms that the Rankin family still own and manage to this day.
Our three farms are located in the beautiful Ribatejo region of Portugal. The region is crossed by the river Tagus and is home to some of the richest agricultural lands in the country.
Under Rankin stewardship the farms have produced enough cork material to manufacture some way north of 3.25 trillion bottle stoppers!