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Small Wine Cellar Cooling Units for Refrigerating Smaller Storage Spaces

Small Wine Cellar Cooling Units for Refrigerating Smaller Storage Spaces

There’s a science to selecting the right wine cellar cooling unit, even if you’re refrigerating a smaller space that doesn’t require much cooling. Part of maintaining a healthy home is to design energy efficient living areas, and if your wine cellar cooler is too big 

Proper Wine Storage in Wine Cellars: Managing Temperature, Humidity, and Vibrations

Proper Wine Storage in Wine Cellars: Managing Temperature, Humidity, and Vibrations

Wine is perishable, so proper wine storage is critical to maintaining its delicate flavour and bouquet. The manner in which wine is stored impacts the way it tastes when served.  Collectors have no control over how their wine was made, but after purchasing the product 

5 More Facts About Wine Cellar Cooling Units

5 More Facts About Wine Cellar Cooling Units

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Breezaire Cooling Units

Wine cellar cooling units can rightly be considered the cornerstone of a proper wine storage environment. There are many other factors that impact the effectiveness of a wine cooling unit, however. The following are more facts about wine cellar cooling units, including information about other components that affect how the unit performs.

1-Vapor Barrier

During construction of a wine cellar, it’s essential to include a vapor barrier or vapor retarder. Because sudden or frequent temperature and humidity fluctuations in a wine cellar can damage wine, the vapor barrier and insulation are both of tremendous importance. A vapor retarder prevents warm air from entering the cool environment in your wine cellar. Various factors determine the thickness, finishes, and applications of a vapor barrier. Those factors include the size, capacity, and location of your wine cellar. The vapor barrier must be installed on the warm side of the wall, and the process must be thoroughly done. The effectiveness of the vapor barrier impacts the performance and effectiveness of the wine cellar cooling unit.


Professionals in wine cellar construction understand the unique role insulation plays, to ensure that wine cellar cooling units can do the job they are designed to do. Insulation must be properly installed in the walls, floors, doors, and windows. The requirements for insulation are determined by the outside wall the cellar occupies and the depth of the cellar below grade. Some of the challenges to proper wine cellar insulation include ductwork, plumbing pipes, and electrical wirings.

3-Drain Line

Another important aspect of a wine cellar that many people don’t know about is the condensate drain line. The condensate fitting and tube allows overflow condensation to exit from underneath the wine cellar cooling unit. The drain line must be connected at all times, so that the walls and other wine cellar components aren’t damaged by water. Maintaining the proper temperature and humidity in a wine cellar requires a drain line. However, when a wine cellar is built properly, condensation is minimal.

4-Electrical Circuit

The electrical work on a wine cellar is also important, to ensure that the cooling unit can perform at an optimal level. A dedicated electrical circuit helps to minimize the risk of a tripped circuit breaker. If the electricity ever went out for a prolonged period, it could mean the wine environment is altered and the wine is spoiled.

5-Maintenance Required

Previously in this two-part series it was mentioned that wine cooling units operate up to 70% of the time. Quality wine cellar cooling units, such as those made by manufacturers Breezaire and WhisperKOOL, can be depended upon to work dependably usually for 35,000 hours before any type of mechanical service is required.

All of the essential elements of building a quality wine cellar have an impact on the wine cooling unit. When you trust professionals like the wine cellar construction experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars, you can be confident of top quality results. Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars today to get started on your own wine cellar in southern Ontario. Recommendations will be made on the best wine cooling unit to choose, based on the specifics of the wine cellar itself.

5 Facts about Wine Cellar Cooling Units  

5 Facts about Wine Cellar Cooling Units  

If you have a wine cellar, a wine cellar cooling unit is essential. The entire point of a wine cellar is to provide the right environment in which to store wine. The cooling unit is the component that does the most to accomplish that crucial 

Why Wine Cellar Thermal Load Calculation is Not a “One and Done”

Why Wine Cellar Thermal Load Calculation is Not a “One and Done”

Wine cellar construction is a specialized niche. As the experts know, installing the perfect refrigeration system is essential, to preserve wine. Getting the selection of a wine cooling unit right is directly linked to thermal load calculation. Engineers calculate thermal load based on specifics provided 

Are These Your Favorite Wine Cellar Features?

Are These Your Favorite Wine Cellar Features?

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There are many design elements to choose from for your custom wine cellar.

Wine cellars are awesome, to anyone with an appreciation for wine. Wine must be stored “just so,” and wine cellars are the best places to create that specific environment. Once the decision is made and you’re going to have a wine cellar built, call Rosehill Wine Cellars. We will go over with you the many exciting options that can make your wine cellar distinctly ideal to match your design preferences and your needs. The following are some of many features you could choose for your personal or commercial wine cellar.

Wine Rack Arches

Your wine cellar can be whatever you want or need it to be, as opposed to rows of cabinets with individual wine cubicles. If you would like to have some countertop space for the purpose of creating a wine tasting or decanting area, creating an arch within the wine cabinet is a beautiful way to achieve that. Arches with bead board or slats are among the options. You can also choose to have a true full-radius arch or soffit arches.

Type of Wood

The most significant decision you will make in the design of your wine cellar is the type of wood to be used in building it. There are only a few types of wood that are truly suitable for building wine racks. Mahogany and redwood are the best choices. Redwood is more resistant to mildew, rot, and insects than other species. Mahogany is resistant to warping, shrinking, and decay; plus it has the same qualities listed for the redwood. Another significant quality is that these types of wood do not emit odors. Oak can be used, but it’s more difficult to work with because of its extreme density. Pine is less stable and sturdy; although it can be used for wine racks, it’s not something we recommend at Rosehill Wine Cellars.

Display Row

There are numerous options for showcasing wine so that the bottle isn’t tucked away in seclusion. A nice way to display numerous bottles is with a row of angled display racks across the length of the wine cabinets. This adds a beautiful design element and allows for lighting of individual bottles that have labels deserving of the spotlight.

Custom Wine Cellar Door

The entryway and exit to your wine cellar can be as beautiful as it is functional. Wine cellar doors need to be insulated and properly sealed in order to protect the wine bottles stored inside. There are many options to choose from, including having an original design built.

Contact Rosehill Wine Cellars

Having a wine cellar is every true wine lover’s dream. Which features will you choose for your custom wine cellar? Contact us a Rosehill Wine Cellars today to discuss the many possibilities for distinctive wine storage.