If you are someone who appreciates and collects wine, you know the need for a suitable place in your house to store your collection. A shelf, cabinet or a wine rack that neatly holds a few bottles is usually sufficient, but sometimes you need more space. If you are lucky enough to live in larger house or apartment, you can install wine cellar in your home, a place that will allow you to organise and preserve your collection.
There are a few technical requirements that every good wine cellar must meet. To properly preserve the wine, a good wine cellar must be completely dark, since light tends to oxidize wine. The internal temperature should be between 13 and 16 ºC and should remain constant with no sudden changes. In order to prevent the cork from drying, space humidity should be maintained at 70%. For these reasons, the kitchen is usually not the best place to keep the wine bottles.
If you who are truly interested in wines and want to invest in them, think about acquiring a special refrigerator specifically for this purpose. Although the cost can be high, the extensive range of options on the market allows you to choose between many different sizes and prices. With a little patience, your investment will be rewarded since good wines improve with age. If they are well preserved, their value can go up substantially over time.
As mentioned, the supply of climate controlling options on the market is very extensive. Look for example at this wine cellar by Dragon Cellars. Its futuristic air and sophisticated style provide a high-tech home for your wine collection.
Here we see another model by the same company. With the use of violet LED lights, the designers have upended our idea of the conventional wine cellar. The system for organising and displaying wine is very innovative and helps you to choose easily the right bottle for the occasion. This is an elegant space for wine collectors with exquisite tastes.
Wood cellars are a timeless classic for a rustic look that will never go out of style. Aesthetically, the combination of wood and glass is quite beautiful, and, in addition, wood is very well suited for the long-term storage of wines. Wood absorbs moisture and resists mildew. It is important that the parts that come into contact with the bottles have not been varnished or painted, as you do not want these substances to seep through the cork and into the wine.
If you do not have the opportunity to invest in a wine cellar, simply find a cool, dry place indoors to convert into a place to store your wine. Stairwells and basements are usually very good choices, and architects are increasingly designing underground cellars. Just keep in mind that it is very important to circulate the air in the cellar and take care there is not too much noise or vibrations, as these can alter the qualities of wine by shaking it. Cheers!