A wine cellar essentially should depict style and an aura of luxury. Though glass enclosed ones make it look typically neat, it must be understood that wine storage isn’t just about how best it looks, but how best it holds and how best it can be handled easy. Hence, an open storage system is the best option for those who are planning to reinvent their existing cellars.
Bulk Bottle Storage
All wines do not come in the same shaped bottles, there are some larger and bulkier wine bottles as well. It is important to make space for this in the cellar while designing it. You may not have it now, but you may need it at some point of time and must not be left to wonder where you can place it.
Commercial Storage of Wine Racks:
The above ideas are more applicable for a private wine collector or for a premium store for the Exclusive. What about Commercial storage of wine? How far is it feasible?
Storage of Wine in Supermarkets/Hypermarkets for sale is not a big deal as most of them are centrally airconditioned and the storage for retail sales is for a temporary time period which might last for just a few hours in certain cases. Ordinary Supermarket racks are enough but there are a few conditions to be met when it comes to storing wines in commercial area for the maturation process of the wine.
1. Having a recommended cellar area
2. Having a steady temperature of 12-14ºC. This applies to all types of wines.
3. In Low Humidity areas the cork dries up quickly & results in oxidation of the wine(oxygen from air passes through the cork). So maintain a good humid atmosphere
4. Consistent vibrations will make the maturation process a difficult one.
5. Lighting should be absolutely dark.
Make Use Of Curved Corners
Ensure that you have the right racking solutions in place that will enable you to make the best use of corners. It is common knowledge that wine cellars aren’t the biggest, hence it is pertinent to make use of all the available space. If you run out of ideas, you can take a sneak peek at some supermarket racks solutions for bottle storage and take a cue from it. A look into some of the popular wine racking systems and kits can help as well.
It is important to make use of good quality sturdy wood while making a wine cellar as it has to be durable and should probably have to hold the heavy bottles for a very long time.