The Best Wood for Wine Cellars

The Best Wood for Wine Cellars
Rosehill Wine Cellars uses the best wood for wine cellars.
Redwood is an excellent wood for wine cellars. Pictured are redwood wine racks, granite counters, and leather floors in a custom wine cellar built by Rosehill Wine Cellars.

Experts recommend that wine cellar designers choose all the same type of wood when planning and building a wine cellar.

Rosehill Wine Cellars offers consumers a wide selection of different  hardwoods, including African Sapele, Black Walnut, Red Oak, White Oak, White Maple, Cherry and more.

Popular selections are All Heart Rosewood,  cherry wood wine rack, and maple wine racks, or mahagony wine cellars. Pricing on these woods is done to order and are subject to market fluctuation.

Best Wood Options for Wine Cellars

sapele wood for wine cellar
African sapele wood grain 

The top three types of wood for wine cellars are walnut, redwood, and mahogany; but there are several others species that are also suitable in the wine cellar’s high moisture refrigerated environment.

Mahogany – Wine cellars are frequently built with durable mahogany.  The hardwood has a moderately coarse grain pattern. For the most part, the grain pattern is straight but can be slightly interlocked in some cases. This species of wood maintains its structural form in humid wine cellars. Grand Mahogany is a plantation grown hardwood that is extremely attractive. With its uniform color, it has a few slight variations that go from medium to pale pink.

Walnut is among the best wood for wine cellars.
Walnut wine cellar built by Rosehill Wine Cellars

Having a mahogany wine rack in your cellar is a versatile wood that is comparable to sapele and cherry with its hardness, density, and grain texture. In regards to its durability and stability, you can easily match it up to sapele, hard maple, or cherry wood wine rack examples and find it compares well.

Walnut – An extremely hard wood, walnut is another excellent choice for use in wine cellar construction. Walnut is highly resistant to shrinkage or warping. It’s also heavy and resilient.  Walnut is an all-around popular choice for woodworking. It has a fine texture and works extremely well with hand and power tools. Walnut is prized for use in furniture, cabinets, cutting boards, gunstocks, and a multitude of other projects. It is a popular choice for turning and carving. Walnut hardwood trees bear nuts by the same name, and the wood is a magnificent option for building custom wine cellars.

Beech, sapele, and toasted maple are fine types of wood for wine cellar racks.
Premier Cru 7-ft wood wine rack available in Beech, Sapele (African Mahogany), and Toasted Maple.

Redwood. The best wood for wine cellars is widely considered to be redwood. The trees flourish best in humid air, and they have natural oils that ensure that the wood maintains its form for many years, because the oils repel moisture. There is an option of All-Heart Redwood or Premium Redwood. The least expensive of the two is Premium Redwood, and yet it is just as durable as All-Heart Redwood.

Cherry. Another dense premium hardwood suitable for a custom wine cellar, freshly cut cherry is often very pale, but the wood oxidizes to its famously favorable rich brown red colour in time. Cherry wood is valued for its appearance and straight grain in manufacturing fine furniture, particularly desks, tables and chair.  This type of hardwood has a nice grain as well as unique richness and warmth. The stiff and strong wood is reported to work easily with both hand and machine tools. European and American black cherries are reported to be comparable in many aspects, but the latter is more plentiful.

Red Oak – With a classic course texture, red oak is a heavy, mostly straight-grained hardwood with high shock resistance.

wooden wine racks in residential homeWhite Oak is another type of hardwood that’s frequently used in the construction of a custom wine cellar.  This is sometimes a plywood veneer.  Using oak largely comes down to a matter of taste and colour preferences. Oak is regarded as one of the most beautiful woods to work with because of its grain pattern and character. Oak is used in many other woodworking applications; its hardness is rated as medium, and its weight is high.

Not the Best Wood for Wine Cellars

Pine is a popular and economical softwood for various uses and lends a rustic appearance when used to build furniture, but pine is actually a poor choice for wine cellars.  Pine is not an option in cellars that have a climate-controlled system because it is soft and warps in such humid conditions.

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 wine racks. Only certain types of wood are able to tolerate the climate-controlled atmosphere in wine cellars, and they are the only kinds that should be used in custom wine cellar construction. A wine cellar cooling unit from a major manufacturer such as CellarPro, EuroCave-Inoa, or CellarCOOL is added to custom wine cellars, to maintain the ideal temperature for wine. The wood and cooling unit in a wine cellar are the major components.

body filling black walnut wine cellar door
Making a walnut wine cellar door.

Get started today on a custom wine cellar built by experts who specialize in creating the perfect storage setting for wine collections. Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars at 1-888-253-6807. The size and type of wine cellar you have determines which wine cellar cooling unit our professionals recommend, whether  CellarPro, EuroCave, CellarCOOL, or another brand.