How to Start Your Wine Cellar

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007 at 12:00 am

wine cellarWhen you plan to build up a large stock of wines, then you might be in need of a good wine cellar. A lot of people have been in the business of collecting large volumes of wines.  Some do it to take advantage of buying in bulk to get a good price. Some do it in order to have an extensive collection of wines as a hobby. Some do it in order to await a better price for wines before they sell them. In such instances where large stocks of wines are involved, wine cellars usually come into the picture.

Wine cellars are places that offer a proper storage area for wines at the most ideal conditions so that they would not lose their quality. Most wine cellars are located in home basements or in underground locations to ensure that wines do not experience certain conditions that may affect its quality. One of these conditions is light. Sunlight may have an effect on the quality of the wine if left under it for long periods of time. Wine cellars should be dark enough in order to prevent light from affecting wine quality.

Wine quality may also be affected by vibration. When above ground, wines may be presented to quite a number of movements that may eventually affect its aging. When storing wines, it should not be subjected to too much vibration to allow the wine to settle and age nicely. A wine cellar, usually below ground, would prove to be the most ideal place for this since vibrations caused by certain human and other physical disturbances can be effectively put to the utmost minimum.

When you put wines in cellars, make sure that ideal conditions are not only achieved but also maintained. Wines do not like sudden changes and may be seriously affected by them. It is important that wine cellars provide such ideal conditions for long periods of time in order to be able to keep wines at their ideal qualities.

The storage environment of wine cellars should always have stable temperature and with no light and vibration. Insulation is an important feature of every wine cellar. Wine cellars that are found above ground should always have more than adequate insulation in order to provide the most ideal conditions. For wine cellars that are below ground, insulation may already be a given.

Wine cellars should also be able to maintain a stable temperature. Ideally, storing wines require a constant temperature between 10 to 15 degrees Celsius. Humidity of the storage area should also be kept somewhere in between 60 to 70 percent. The temperature allows the proper preservation of the wine while high humidity allows for the maintenance of the sealing integrity of the cork and preventing it from drying up.

Care should be taken to keep this condition at all times while the wines are being stored inside. Failure to do so may undermine proper aging and storage and may lead into wine that may suffer in quality. It is a situation that may further lead to the loss of the wine itself.