23 Apr 5 Factors To Take Into Account While Designing A Wine Cellar
Many people enjoy drinking wine and buy the bottles they like when they are ready to drink it. Storing wine for the long or short term rarely enters their mind. However, you might find yourself becoming more interested in storing wine so it’s handy when you need it. This way you wouldn’t have to rush to the store every time you felt the urge to complement a meal with a glass of good wine.
Some people also consider wine an investment strategy and in some cases, this can mean they have to store the wine for several years. The one way to get it right is to get a custom wine cellar designed and built.
Storing Wine the Right Way
If you have some space on your property for a dedicated wine cellar, you should consult with experts in the field to help with designing the perfect wine cellar for your needs. There are good reasons why our ancestors stored wine in dark deep wine cellars or caves. Wine hates heat, motion and light. While storing some bottled atop your refrigerator might seem convenient, it’s the worst thing you could do to your wines. Here are some factors to take into account when designing a wine cellar:
1. The Right Temperature
Wine hates heat and anything above 21°C will only wreak havoc on it. 12°C-14°C is the ideal temperature to store wine. Humidity is the other aspect that matters and the right levels will help prevent the corks from drying out and allowing oxygen to seep into the bottles. Oxygen oxidizes wines, just as it does peeled apples. A brown apple is unappealing yet edible, but oxidized wines are not drinkable and won’t have a good taste at all.
2. Protection from Light
Wine hates direct sunlight and UV light will result in the premature aging of the wine. Whites are far more susceptible than reds; however, the latter can become affected too. It’s also why wines are sold in coloured bottles as they keep the UV rays out while acting like sunglasses.
3. Vibration-Free Area
Shaking a wine bottle will disturb the sediment that forms at the bottom of the bottle. Therefore, what you will end up with is a glass full of grit rather than a delightful glass of your favourite wine. So, identify a vibration-free location in your home to build your custom wine cellar.
4. Store Wine Sideways On Well-Designed Racks
Storing wine on its side ensures that the wine is in contact with the cork, preventing it from drying out. As mentioned earlier, if the cork is dry, the oxygen will seep into the wine, making it undrinkable. Besides, storing wine horizontally will save you some space and even a compact cellar would accommodate hundreds of wine bottles.
The custom wine cellar designer will have detailed discussions with you to understand how many bottles of wine would be stored in the cellar. They will help you determine the best location and design a wine cellar that is functional and attractive. The experts will also recommend the best cooling units and dehumidifying and insulation systems for the feature.
5. Type of Storage
This is another aspect to keep in view while planning your wine cellar. The number of bottles and the storage duration matter when you are designing a storage space for your whites and reds. Wooden and metal racks are popular options and the designers will help plan these installations to accommodate different-sized bottles, based on your preferences.
If you are considering a wine cellar installation in your home, feel free to speak with our knowledgeable team. They will take the time to understand your needs, assess the space and offer the best solutions. They will also recommend the best temperature and humidity control equipment and lighting solutions. The best quality materials and outstanding workmanship will ensure that you get the custom wine cellar of your dreams.
To find out 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 email@example.com, and we will respond shortly.