Whether you are a wine novice, bluffer, or connoisseur, it is a worthwhile investment, especially if you plan to assemble a much larger fine wine anthology, to build your own wine cellar.
Fortunately, depending on the size of your collection, there are a number of wine storage options you can choose from. From a wine refrigerator to metal wine cellars they all provide more effective climate control solutions, especially with those people who are having a large number of wine anthologies.
However, wine cellars are not just a place to store wines. They should be the ideal environment where wines comfortably age so that the vintage carries its characteristics, complexity, and quality and reach perfection the way the master of the vintage intended it to be.
Thus, when you plan to build your own wine cellar, you must consider first a lot of things such as:
To hold your wine collection, you need wine racks, which are offered in four basic options namely: according to its type, standard and custom; and according to materials of construction, wood and metal.
Metal racks are said to be typically restricted to 705 ml bottles and cost more per bottle for storage. The most common rack is made of wood. These wooden racks are offered in a selection of standard configurations, such as individual bottle column racks, “cubes and bins”, corner racks, magnum racks, etc.
Make sure that the ceiling must have a minimum of R-19 insulation all the way around. You must take a much closer attention to the insulation on the top of the cellar. This is because during warm climates, this, the ceiling or roof, is where most of your energy is lost.
Make sure also that the door is well-insulated as well as your interior ceiling and wall covering material must be rot and mildew-resistant. When creating a cellar, a good rule of thumb is that the thicker your walls are, the better the insulation, and the better the cellar will keep a consistent temperature.
To make sure you get to achieve the ideal temperature within the cellar, a wine cellar cooling system must be provided to properly keep the climate of the cellar controlled at a temperature of about 55-58 degrees and humidity of 50-70%.
These cooling systems come in various types and sizes but in three basic designs: self-contained, split refrigeration, and split air handling. The most basic among the 3 is the self-contained systems, which are intended to fit through a standard wall. This unit can produce air that is 30°F colder than the air in the room outside the cellar.
It’s possible to choose a wrought iron rack that may be utilized as an attractive element for your countertop or table-top which will add a special touch to the room. Usually only a few bottles of wine easily fit in these smaller wine racks, but some have wine glass racks incorporated directly into them. This makes them more practical, plus it delivers a bit of sparkle to the table. These kinds of wine racks are getting to be more and more popular nowadays.