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Posted on Jun 4, 2015

How to Build a Wine Cellar

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Do you want a place to display the various wines you've collected over the years? If so, then you should consider building a custom wine cellar or buying a pre-made model. Both options are possible whether you are looking at them for home or restaurant use.

Before you take this step, you should familiarize yourself with some of the basics of how to build a wine cellar.

  1. Design the wine cellar – will this just be an area for storing wine, or do you plan on incorporating into your home entertainment area?
  2. Control the temperature - experts agree that wines should be stored between 55° and 60° F and at a relative humidity between 60-70%. In order to do this, you will need to decide whether to install wine coolers and cabinets, or construct a wine cellar.
  3. Know your components – insulation, air barriers and vapor barriers are three of the most important aspects to consider when building a wine cellar. Insulation with a rating minimum of R12, preferably R19, is absolutely imperative. If the wine cellar is sharing a common wall with an exterior wall, then the insulation will need to be even greater, around R30. A vapor barrier is also necessary and should be wrapped around the warm, outer side of the insulation. You also need to be certain that the seals around the door and windows are properly insulated and that the doors are sealed across the bottom.
  4. Decide on a cooling unit - the type of cooling unit that you choose to purchase depends largely on your budget. Wall systems are cheaper to purchase, while ducted cooling systems are the most expensive. Talk to your contractor and get a recommendation about which cooling system will work best for your wine cellar.
  5. Accessorize - wine storage racks, flooring, lighting, decorations and wood paneling are up to your taste in décor and budget. There are a variety of looks and styles to choose from, so have fun!

Of course, if you are wary of building your own wine cellar, you can always consult with a trusted wine cellar company like Wine Cellars Experts. The professionals at Wine Cellar Experts will come to your home or business and consult with you about what your best options are and how much it might cost.