How to Create the Best Conditions for Storing Wines

things to consider to create the best conditions for storing wine

07 Oct How to Create the Best Conditions for Storing Wines

If you have started collecting wines, you are sure to want to display your whites and reds in the best possible way; the one way to do that is to plan the storage well. Many people now choose to have custom designed wine cellars built and this is one of the best ways to ensure that your wines are stored in the way they should be.

Aspects to focus on

It’s a good idea to hire the services of custom wine cellar professionals to build the kind of cellar you want. Here are some pointers on how to create the best conditions for storing wines:

#1 Location

This is the first step, and you should identify what the best location for your cellar will be. There should be no direct sunlight in that space and you would have to work on how to maintain the right humidity and temperature there. When you focus on the basics, it helps you use the available space more efficiently and effectively. If you live in a house, your basement becomes the best location for your wine cellar and you wouldn’t have to identify any other location.

#2 Size

This is the next aspect you would have to take into account. The size of the cellar will depend on the size of your existing wine collection and on how much you plan to stock in the future as well. The size aspect will come into play even when you are considering humidity and temperature control. In addition to the actual storage space, you would also require some space for the exhaust room.

#3 Insulation

When you are planning this room, think about how the framing and drywall will be installed and what kind of insulation you will be using. Basic walls can be used to frame the space; however, if you opt for thicker walls, you would be able to install thicker insulation as well, which helps create a much more controlled environment. Once the walls are in place, you then have to set up the spray foam insulation. This is an excellent option that helps create an effective vapour barrier. It’s necessary to use drywall that’s mould and mildew-resistant, for the interiors.

#4 Temperature control

The unit used in wine cooling applications is very different from regular cooling units as it also helps in humidity-control; it is able to remove excess humidity in the cellar. Through-wall units are generally the best option; they are easy to install and very effective as well. Once this has been installed, the cellar stays cool with the right amount of humidity. The exhaust room on the outside absorbs a major portion of heat that comes out of your cellar.

#5 Lighting

This is another crucial aspect as light plays a pivotal role in the function and aesthetics of the room. Techniques such as recessed lighting, track lighting, up-lighting and down-lighting can be used to create the effect you want in that space. It’s best to use LED bulbs as these emit “cool light” that doesn’t increase the temperature within the room. LED strip lights and LED track lights are the best options.

You should also choose a befitting doorway for this space. Your wine cellar installer will ensure the door is well insulated and that a seal is created in the cellar doorway. Opt for smartly designed racks, shelves or cabinets; these can be customised to meet your preferences and budget.

For any consultation on design and install of wine cellars and information about cellaring wine, call us at 02 9340 7515. Alternatively, simply use this contact form to connect with us and we will get back to you shortly.

Thanks for reading,
Neil Smallman
Signature Cellars
1300 570 636

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