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Coravin Needle Guide: Replacements and Upgrades

March 09, 2021

Written By Coravin

It’s likely that you found your way here because you are either shopping for a Coravin replacement needle or are interested in learning more about the different types of Coravin needles like our fast-pour, premium, and vintage needles.  

The needle is the pinnacle of Coravin’s technology. Each Coravin needle is specially designed to gently pierce through natural or agglomerated corks without displacing cork material. This allows you to pour wine without opening the bottle and spoiling the wine. Once the needle is removed, the cork simply expands back to its normal shape – sealing the bottle for weeks, months, even years. 

Coravin needles are present on all Coravin Timeless systems – like Model Three and Model Six. We also have needles specifically for our connected Model Eleven device. As wine is extracted through the needle, it is replaced with pure argon gas, ensuring oxygen never touches the remaining wine, keeping it as fresh as the day it was bottled.

Different types of Coravin needles

All Coravin needles are made of stainless steel with a non-stick coating, providing durability and easy insertion for hundreds of pours. Read on to learn the differences between each needle with bonus wine pairings. 

Coravin Standard Needle 

When you purchase a Coravin Timeless system, it comes with the Coravin Standard Needle. On average, a 5-ounce (150mL) pour of wine with a Standard Needle will take 25 to 29 seconds. The Coravin Model Eleven has its own Standard Need – shop here

Standard Needle Wine Pairing: Sommelier Bobby Stuckey recommends 2017 Valle dell’Acate Cerasuolo di Vittoria Classico. With good acidity, wild aromas, and flavors of red cherry, this wine is surprisingly supple and nicely sweet. 

Coravin Fast Pour Needle

The Coravin Fast Pour Needle has a wider design, allowing you to pour your favorite wines 20% faster than the Standard Needle (25 to 29 seconds to pour). The Coravin Model Eleven has a separate Fast Pour Needle that is only compatible with this system because the automatic pour feature requires the needle to have two chambers. Shop here

Fast Pour Needle Wine Pairing: Lifestyle and wine-influencer Nicole Dalton recommends 2019 Nortico Alvarinho. This young and fresh Portuguese wine brings bright acidity and aromas of peach and grapefruit. It’s the perfect light and delicate wine for mentally escaping to warmer days. 

Coravin Vintage Needle

The Coravin Vintage Needle has a thinner design, ideal for use on older bottles and or wines with more fragile corks. Its gentle insertion will keep the oldest bottles in your collection’s corks perfectly intact. Because the needle is thinner, expect a 5-ounce pour to take 30 seconds or longer. 

Coravin Premium Needle

The gentleness of the Vintage Needle and the speed of the Fast Pour Needle meet with Coravin’s Premium Needle. Bring a smoother, quicker pour to all your wine tastings when accessing older wines or those with poor cork quality.

Now for some of our most frequently asked questions about our Coravin needle lineup. 

How long does a Coravin needle last?

Think it’s time to replace your needle? Check the bottom of the needle (where it inserts into the cork). You’ll know it’s time when the non-stick coating begins to wear off and the Needle starts to appear silver in color. This should not happen for 100+ pours and, as long as you are using your system correctly, you should not experience any bends or breaks. 

How do I change a Needle?

To learn how to change the needle on a Coravin Timeless system with SmartClamps™, watch this video. If you have an older system without SmartClamps, click here. Finally, for our Model Eleven visit the system’s user guide

How do I unclog or clean a Needle?

Looking for cleaning tips? Here’s how to clean the needle for Coravin Timeless systems with SmartClamps. For Model Eleven, click here. For older models without SmartClamps, click here.

How should I store my extra Needles?

When not in use, the best way to store extra needles is in the packaging they came in. If you purchased an extra single needle, store it in the clear tube it came in. If you purchased the Needle Kit, keep it in the box. If you have the Coravin Pedestal Base, you can store Needles for all Coravin models except the Model Eleven in the drawer of that base.

coravin needle for smartclamp systems

Do you have more questions regarding Coravin Needles, like how to change and clean them? Visit our extensive Needle user guide.