Custom Wine Cellar
Individuals have to truly be a wine connoisseur to have the need of a custom wine cellar in their home.
These wine cellars have very specific requirements that have to be met in order for the wine to be stored properly
so that it develops or maintains its flavor over time.
There are temperature requirements, light requirements and angle requirements as well as others that help to
ensure that the wine is well kept. Although there are some variations in wine cellar design, such as how the racks
are set up or how the cellar itself is shaped, the specifications of a typical wine cellar do not vary, since the
quality of the wine would vary or even become ruined if they are not met.
The first specification of a wine cellar is that it be kept at a constant temperature. The ideal temperature for
wine storage is at about 55F. There are some historians that believe this is the ideal temperature because that is
the approximate temperature inside of the caves where the first wines were developed in France.
There can be some sort of a temperature difference, ranging from 45 to 60F, but ideally the temperature should
not range more than a few degrees on either side of 55F. When a wine is taken out of the wine cellar, it should be
used within a day or two so that it does not go bad. The wine ages much more quickly in higher temperatures and
will turn a brownish color when it has gone bad. If the wine needs to be stored for a couple of days before opening
it, it can be placed in the refrigerator, but it should be brought to the correct serving temperature before it is
In addition to the temperature, a wine cellar should also have about sixty to seventy percent humidity in it. If
there is any less humidity, the cork can get too dry and crack which allows air into the bottle. If there is too
much humidity, then the cork can rot or get mildew on it which is also not good for the wine.
The wine cellar should also be free of any smells that can seep into the wine and cause an unpleasant flavor. If
cleaning solutions are stored in the wine cellar this can cause a problem. Another issue that should be considered
when creating a wine cellar is light.
Light damages the wine, which is why the wine bottles are always a dark color. There should be little to no
sunlight that is let into the wine cellar. Finally, the bottles should be stored somewhere between horizontal and a
forty-five degree angle. The important factor is that there is no air between the wine and the cork.