Wine Cellar Articles

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Designing Your Own In-Home Wine Room

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For years you have nurtured your passion for enjoying wines hailing from different parts of the planet; Bordeaux, Burgundy, Italy, Napa and Sonoma Valleys in California, to name a few. Now you want to build out your own in-home wine room to store your bottled treasures.

Storage Solution Basics

Whether you decide to design a small wine room or a larger wine room, it is important to incorporate the following tips into your plan to keep your wine tasting its best:

  1. Temperature: Keep a consistent temperature range between 45° F and 65° F (55° F is a sweet spot). There is not an exact science in the art of temperature control due to other variables that impact wine quality during storage.
  2. Lighting: Illumination from household light bulbs should not negatively affect the quality of your wine, but ultraviolet light from fluorescent bulbs and the sun will prematurely age your wine, so if your space has window exposure, remember to provide a protective covering (UV protective window film).
  3. Humidity: Humidity should be between 50 percent and 80 percent--ideally at 70 percent. The fix for a small closet may be as simple as adding a pan of water or a small humidifier. Larger spaces may require a more expensive cooling system with a built-in humidifier.

In-Home Wine Room Build Ideas

For storing a small collection of immediate-use or short-term use wines, an extra closet or space under the steps will do. Add storage units (old wine crates or shelving) made from wood or material immune to humidity.

The build-out for a large collection is more appropriate for a family room or basement. Materials to consider include:

  1. Build-out walls with 2x4's or 2x6's
  2. Add Insulation or vapor barrier
  3. Position electrical outlets
  4. Drywall or green board (cover or paint)
  5. Seal concrete floor, or add ceramic or cork flooring
  6. Install exterior grade door
  7. Accessorize (tasting table, wine barrels)

Toast to your D.I.Y. skills, and enjoy your new in-home wine room.