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Golden Rules to Store Your Precious Wines

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15 Mar Golden Rules to Store Your Precious Wines

The grapes, winemakers, climate, bottling and a number of other aspects go into creating the perfect wine experience. Other than these, storage is one of the most important elements of maintaining the quality of your wine. 

Many are lost and do not know how to store the wine correctly. For the wine to keep well and mellow perfectly, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Here is a list of 5 golden rules to store wine correctly and make the most of it.  

1. Keep The Temperature Constant And Cool

The temperature should be between 10 to 14 degrees centigrade, regardless of the type of wine. The ideal temperature is at 12 degrees for storage and aging to ensure the wine flourishes. To keep the wine happy make sure the temperature is kept at a constant. This will help ensure that your wine doesn’t become rancid.  

2. Keep Wines Away From the Sun

The reason why many wine bottles are dark-coloured is because act like sunglasses for the wine. The sun speeds up the aging process and can easily degrade the wine; this is why wine doesn’t do well in light and the UV rays of the sun have a negative impact on it. If you want to display your wine through glass doors consider using UV-protected film on the panels. However, most real wine connoisseurs prefer having solid doors on their custom wine cellars as this eliminates the risk of damage due to sunlight. 

3. Avoid Vibrations

No wine shouldn’t be exposed to vibrations. Even the tiniest of vibrations can harm the wine and should be avoided at all costs. To prevent this from happening, a silencer should be fitted to the cooler’s compressor. In addition, the racks material is important as well. Wooden shelves absorb vibrations a lot better than most metal ones do.  You can choose from various hardwoods that are stable and strong and provide perfect support to your wines. 

4. No Strong Smells

This means the air within your wine cellar needs to be perfectly pure. Wine naturally breathes through the cork making it important to ensure there are no lingering odours in the cellar’s indoor air. Coolers or fridges have lots of different odors, this can harm the wine irrevocably. Wine stored in their custom designed cellars have the perfect ventilation system or coal filters, keeping it completely secure from foul odours.

5. Appropriate Humidity

Cork has a certain amount of elasticity, which means that it can dry up over time allowing air to infiltrate the bottle. If this occurs, the wine with become sour and oxidize. To ensure this doesn’t happen, the humidity should be in the range of 50-75%. Keeping the wine bottle sideways is the ideal way to store it. Controlling the humidity is extremely important in wine storage, especially for the bottles that have to be aged for a long period of time. 

Humidity is also important in cooler climates where the air is dry. Having a Hygrometer will allow you to constantly check the humidity levels. High levels do not necessarily pose a threat to the wine, but will encourage mold growth and dampness which can erode the labels on the bottles. 

Following these simple steps will ensure that there is no damage to the bottle or the wine itself. To find out about how Signature Cellars can help you design and build a wine storage solution that can help protect your investment and add value to your home, call us on 1300 570 636 or email info@signaturecellars.com.au.

Thanks for reading,
Neil Smallman
Signature Cellars
1300 570 636

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