A wine collection is like fine art. It’s carefully selected, curated and stored to protect its beauty and taste. When it comes to building a wine cellar, there are 5 important factors to consider in order to maintain the integrity of your wines.
Location: Will this be an open space, an offset room or a fully enclosed wine cellar? The location will determine the materials needed and what kind of cooling you need.
Materials: The location of the wine cellar will determine the materials to be used. An enclosed cellar needs to be well insulated, protected from moisture and airtight. You will also need to consider the humidity and air temperature.
Lighting: Light affects the aging process and integrity of the wine, so if you are using it just for storage as opposed to a place where you want people to gather, the lighting will be very different.
Wine Collection: The size and composition of your collection will determine what kind of space you need. Do you have mostly bottles or cases? Bottles will require racks and cases allow you to keep the wine in their original storage unit. Red or white wine? Red doesn’t require the same cooling and humidity the white wine does.
Décor: If this will be a space that you will entertain and encourage guests to enter, then the lighting, furniture and personal touches will be more apparent then if the wine cellar is strictly for storage purposes.