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Do you Prefer a Traditional Wine Cellar or Modern Design?

Do you Prefer a Traditional Wine Cellar or Modern Design?

A practical step involved in building a wine cellar is to determine if a traditional wine cellar has the desired features or if you prefer a modern or transitional style. Other aspects of your custom wine cellar can be left to professionals, as long as […]

Climate Controlled Wine Cellar: Mistakes to Avoid

Climate Controlled Wine Cellar: Mistakes to Avoid

Enthusiastic wine lovers are naturally drawn to adding a climate controlled wine cellar to their home. When going the do-it-yourself route, there are several common mistakes people tend to make. Most of those errors are associated with trying to curb spending. There are certain specifications […]

Wine Cellar Construction Basics    

Wine Cellar Construction Basics    

Wine Racks from Rosehill for your wine cellar.
Wine racks in a wine cellar from Rosehill Wine Cellars.

A wine cellar can only be the perfect environment for wine storage if it’s properly designed and built.  As a complementary service, the experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars provide helpful wine cellar construction tips.   All of the essential equipment is available from Rosehill, as well as cooling units and cellar wine racks. There are actually many details that go into making the right construction decisions for a particular cellar, which is why there are no guarantees with do-it-yourself advice. Factors such as the climate in which you you live, the temperature you want your cellar to be, and the wine cellar location in the house determine various details of construction. With this in mind, some helpful wine cellar construction basics are listed below.

Wine Cellar Location Guidelines

The best place for a wine cellar is below grade, in the basement. If there is at least one outside wall in the cellar, it is best that be where there is the least sunlight, which is the northeast corner. If a cellar has no external walls, it can actually be located anywhere under a roof. Unused crawl spaces are often considered, when seeking a viable location. Crawl spaces are, however, too cold in wintertime and too hot in the summer, depending on geographic location.

Cellar Design and Wine Racking

A great approach to designing your wine storage space is to determine the wine racking before construction begins. You can proportion the wine cellar walls to the precise size of your wine racking layout. This will give the finished product a custom feel. Visit our different wine racking systems at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Options include Modular, Custom, Premium, and VintageView racks. We have racking and wine storage systems to fit every style and a range of budgets.

Vapour Barrier & Insulation

Included in construction is a vapour barrier, which is very important. The vapour barrier is a thin layer of permeable material that prevents moisture from damaging the fabric of a building. The material is usually polyethylene sheeting, and it is added during construction. The sheeting must be positioned on the correct side. Construction principles for a wine cellar are different from regular home construction. The vapour barrier in a wine cellar is incorporated within the insulation, which is within the walls, ceiling, and, as needed, the floor.

Walls & Ceiling

For the walls and ceiling of a wine cellar, moisture resistant drywall can be used. Baseboards aren’t needed behind wine racking. Finish drywall to the floor, and prime and paint walls and ceiling with latex-based paint.

Wine Cellar Door

A solid exterior-grade door at least 1 ¾” thick with threshold and weather stripping is recommended for the wine cellar door. Glass doors and windows are popular for wine cellars, but they offer poor insulation. If glass doors are used, they must have at least double-paned tempered glass.

Wine Cooling Systems

You can count on the experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars providing you with the specifications for the perfect wine cooling unit for the size of your wine cellar.

The Best Wood for Wine Cellars

The Best Wood for Wine Cellars

Experts recommend that you choose the best wood for wine cellars, when planning for wine cellar construction. The walls are built with wood and often the flooring, as well. In most wine cellars, the wine racks are also typically wood, such as Premier Cru 7-ft […]

5 Chic Wine Accessories

5 Chic Wine Accessories

Great wine accessories are perfect additions to any party, and Rosehill Wine Cellars has a wonderful array of wine-related accoutrements to choose from. Wine bottle stoppers and pourers, drip rings, and wine thermometers are just a few. Sharing love of wine with fellow oenophiles is […]

Storing and Pouring Large Format Wine Bottles

Storing and Pouring Large Format Wine Bottles

Large format wine bottles can be stored on diamond racks.
Diamond racks are among the solutions for storing large format wine bottles in your wine cellar. (Photo: Rosehill Wine Cellars)

Standard wine racks hold standard sized wine bottles (750 ml), and they make no considerations for large format wine bottles that are now so popular with wine lovers.  Cellar designers have to make their own remedies. Modern wine cellars include wine racks that accommodate larger bottles because they are excellent investments.  A magnum bottle equals two standard bottles.  The wine stored in a Magnum or larger tastes better and has more value. Wine bottles can be massive, holding an amount equal to 40 standard wine bottles.

Why are big bottles becoming more popular?  Large formats tend to be consumed at large gatherings and the bottle can become a memento signaling the communal enjoyment of wine that has aged in a large format wine bottle. Fashion large wine bottles into gorgeous display pieces, once the wine has all been poured. It’s not a problem to store large wine bottles because Rosehill Wine Cellars has a variety of racks for that very purpose. But what about the challenge of serving wine from a huge bottle? Rosehill has the solution for pouring from large format bottles, as well.

Wine Bottle Sizes Chart

187.5 ml Piccolo or Split: Typically used for a single serving of Champagne.

375 ml Demi or Half: Holds one-half of the standard 750 ml size.

750 ml Standard: Common bottle size for most distributed wine.

1.5 L Magnum: Equivalent to two standard 750 ml bottles.

3.0 L Double Magnum: Equivalent to two Magnums or four standard 750 ml bottles.

4.5 L Jeroboam (still wine): Equivalent to six standard 750 ml bottles.

6.0 L Imperial: Equivalent to eight standard 750 ml bottles or two Double Magnums.

9.0 L Salmanazar: Equivalent to twelve standard 750 ml bottles or a full case of wine!

12.0 L Balthazar: Equivalent to sixteen standard 750 ml bottles or two Imperials.

15.0 L Nebuchadnezzar: Equivalent to twenty standard 750 ml bottles.

Big Bottle Wall Mount

Available at Rosehill Wine Cellars is a metal Big Bottle Wall Mount, with an option for a Black Satin, Chrome, or Platinum aka Brushed Nickel finish. The wall-mounted wine rack is 30” high and holds four bottles sized from 3L to 6L in angled display. The space between storage mounts is 10 to 14”. Install on or more Big Bottle racks one over the other, for a seamless look.

A 3-liter, or Double Magnum, holds four standard bottles of wine. A 6-liter is an “Imperial” aka “Methuselah,” and it is equivalent to eight standard bottles of wine or two Double Magnums.

single Magnum wine rack, 7ft tall7ft+ Magnum Wood Wine Rack for Large Format Wine Bottles

Another quality wine rack specifically for large format bottles is the 1.5L Single Column Magnum Wood Wine Rack 7ft-plus. Toasted Maple, Sapele (African Mahogany), and Beech are the available types of wood for this wine rack for large format bottles. The rack is full wine bottle depth and holds 17 magnum bottles of wine.

Premier Cru Wood Wine Rack Kits

Arguably the best wood kit racks on the market are Premier Cru Wood Wine Rack Kits 7ft-plus. They are full wine bottle depth and available in a wide variety of modules, so that wine storage can be fully customized. Large format bottles can fit in diamond racks, whether all racks are the diamond configuration or the rack is a combination of individual standard-sized wine bottle racks and diamonds.

VCanter – Wine Pouring & Decanting System

VCanter wine systems assist in pouring and decanting very large bottles of wine. There are several models, including:

  • A 6L model designed to help pour a Methuselah; and
  • A 27L model for pouring the massive Goliath, which is the equivalent of 36 bottles.

Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars for all the quality wine storage racking you may need, including wine racks for large format bottles. Rosehill Wine Cellars specializes in the construction of custom wine cellars. Contact Rosehill today at 1-888-253-6807.