This article describes the ideal conditions for storing wine so that they enhance in taste and flavour. Consider fulfilling these conditions while getting a custom cellar constructed.

There are great pleasures in collecting, storing, enjoying and studying about varieties of wine. Many people favour and fantasize wine, curate a personal collection according to their taste preferences. A great wine cellar will not only be useful to store the glass bottles of wine safely but also to showcase the distinct collections of the drink to your guests and reflect your obsession. So, build your wine storage design appropriately to serve well both these purposes. Ideally, storing wines is full of conditions or restrictions. Better and preferable storage conditions will ensure that wine will last for ages, no matter what, and will not affect its taste or quality. Ideal storage conditions are several, starting from temperate, humidity to light exposure. Summing up the preferred conditions, we have penned down the next section for you. Consider these vital factors while getting your wine cellar built.

Proper Temperature

Out of all, temperature is the most prior condition for storing wine. Unfavourable warm or cold conditions will surely spoil your wine day by day. Suitable temperature for storing wine is 55-degrees Fahrenheit. To know ideal temperature recommendations for different varieties of wine, you can consult the wine cellar constructor. However, irrespective of everything, any wine should be stored below 25-degree Fahrenheit as that will freeze the wine, accelerate its ageing, and decompose its volatile components.


Maintaining moderate humidity in and around the wine cellar racks is ideal for storing which is between 60-68 percent. While poor humidity let the corks of the bottle dry out disposing the wine to air and oxygen, higher humidity will degrade the longevity of the wine. Thus, balancing the humidity of the wine storage area is very essential.

Placing Wine Bottles Horizontally

While many place the bottles of wine otherwise in slightly slanting or straight position in the racks, the cellar experts recommend storing the bottles horizontally. The reason is it will keep the cork moist and that will help in preserving the wine for the longest duration. Dried corks can slip out, cause seepage of the drink and result in premature ageing. Apart from that, horizontal storage is useful in utilising the space, store maximum bottles, ensures safety from falling down, and give users easy access to the bottles.

Prevent Exposure to Light

Dark environmental is highly recommended for any wine, no matter the days or months you want to store it. UV rays from the sunlight do inevitable damage to the flavours and taste of the wines. Thus, try to create your cellar in a manner that it guards the bottle from the light during the daytime. For this reasons, wine cabinets with thick doors are useful. Besides, you also should choose the most shady room or corner of your house to place the wine cellar to avoid any direct exposure to sunlight.

Prevents Vibration

Lastly, make sure that wine bottles are not subjected to any vibrations or movements while they are stranded in the racks. Frequent vibration caused on the bottle will disturb the sedimentary elements of the drinks and hamper the systematic ageing process. Thus, keep away any source of vibrations from the wine cellar such as mixer grinder, dishwasher, sound stereo system, or fitness drills.

Ensuring these conditions is essential for your wine storage design if you want to make it efficient in storing the wine safely for years. The taste, aroma, and colour of the wine must be preserved if you want to get the same drinking experience every time. So, go by these tips suggested by wine masters from around the world to keep wines carefully and preserve the unique story of each bottle.

Author's Bio: 

Neil Smallman is a wine storage design expert who runs his own wine cellar construction company and have provided stunning varieties of cellars for traditional and contemporary homes. In his free time, he writes down blogs explaining basic ideas of creating wine cellar racks for people who are fascinated with the drink and have a great obsession to collect wines and store them.