Wine Cellar Articles

Posted on Aug 3, 2015

Essential Wine Cellar Features

Wine cellars come in various sizes, from compact under the counter units to full-height built-in cellars designed for large wine collections. People who are more than occasional wine drinkers know that they need more space for wine storage than a normal refrigerator can offer.

Here are a few features that all of the best US Wine Cellars share:

  • Insulation
    Wine storage requires a well-insulated atmosphere to minimize temperature changes. These days it is easier to construct an insulated room above ground than it is to build awine cellar below ground as you need approximately three feet of dirt to get the same insulation as 4" of foam insulation.
  • Temperature
    The recommended temperature for wine storage is between 10 - 15 degrees Celsius (50 and 59 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s crucial to maintain the temperature of the wine cellar storage area below the mid-70's Fahrenheit to avoid the deterioration of your wine.
  • Humidity
    Natural wine corks require a relative humidity of around 70% to ensure that the cork functions properly. A humidity between 50 to 80% is also suitable. If the cellar’s storage is not humid enough, you may run the risk of the cork drying out and allowing air into your wine.
  • Darkness
    Light will cause a bottle of wine to age prematurely. A wine cellar should be someplace dark where your wine will only be exposed to occasional light.
  • Store bottles on their sides
    It’s imperative to store your bottles of wine horizontally. The wine in bottles lying on their sides will make contact with the bottle's cork, keeping the cork wet and prevent it from shrinking.