You don’t have to be a wine snob to appreciate the beauty of a built-in wine cellar. Most newly constructed homes include some form of storage system, but if you’re in the process of building your very own dream home or you’re renovating an older one, the thought of designing a wine cellar may feel overwhelming, so we’re here to share a few secrets we’ve picked up over the years that will help get you started! (No need to thank us – just be sure to invite the team over for your first tasting and we’ll call it even…hehe)
Tip 1: Location, Location, Location
Look for a corner in your home that’s cool avoiding areas that are close to windows and second-story spaces where heat can get trapped; you’ll thank us when that energy bill hits your mailbox! Keep in mind that smaller spaces are easier and more efficient to cool, so opt for efficient storage that maximizes your space even if limited square footage isn’t an issue.
Tip 2: Refrigerate & Insulate
The ideal temperature for wine storage is a steady 54°F (too much variation in temperature and you risk spoiling your wine) so it’s imperative that you install a reliable cooling unit along with a door that seals firmly shut. And don’t forget the cool air lost through your walls. A strong cooling unit is fabulous but keeping that cool air in is where insulation steps up to the plate. Spray foam insulation works its way into all of your wall’s nooks and crannies ensuring things stay cool as a cucumber no matter the season!
Tip 3: Maximize Storage
Wine is best stored on its side to ensure the cork doesn’t dry out. For that reason (and because we want our clients to squeeze as many bottles in as possible), we generally opt for built-in shelving. Wood wine racks offer up a handsome, traditional vibe (and smell heavenly), but acrylic pegs and metal racks are just as stunning!
Tip 4: Humidity is Your Friend
As Houstonians, it seems like all we do is try to escape the humidity, but your wine loves it! Maintain a humidity level that falls somewhere between 55% – 75% and keep in mind that humid environments often cause building materials to expand. Any good contractor will help guide you through material selection but, in general, wood, concrete and tile can stand up to the humidity while vinyl and carpet most certainly do not.
Expert Tip: LED lights are a wine connoisseur’s best friend – they illuminate without giving off heat!
Are we missing any tips you swear by? Comment below to share them with us!