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The Wine Storage-Cork Connection

The Wine Storage-Cork Connection

Wine storage is widely known to be best in cellar-like conditions, but far fewer wine drinkers understand the importance of the cork. The idea behind creating a wine cellar is to provide the perfect environment for wine to be stored so that it ages properly. 

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 

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 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. 

4 Benefits of Adding Large Format Wine Storage to your Wine Cellar 

4 Benefits of Adding Large Format Wine Storage to your Wine Cellar 

Large format wine bottles offer notable benefits over standard 750mL bottles, making large format wine storage important. The standard size, equal to about six glasses of wine, is by far and away the most commonly distributed wine. Perhaps surprisingly, the standard wine bottle is only one 

5 Reasons to Invest in a Wine Cellar   

5 Reasons to Invest in a Wine Cellar   

All true wine lovers dream of having their own wine cellar; it’s only natural. Although wine cellars don’t come cheap, it could make sense to invest in one for your home.

Adding Custom Wine Cellar Can Add Value

There always seems to be a way to do those things that mean the most, and sometimes you never know until you take steps in the right direction. Focusing on perceived hurdles such as the cost of a quality wine cellar cooling unit from a top manufacturer like Wine Guardian or WhisperKOOL could keep you from realizing your dream. Start, instead, by checking out the following five good reasons to invest in a wine cellar.

Wine Cellars from Rosehill
A custom wine cellar is an excellent investment. (Photo: Rosehill Wine Cellars)

1. Protect your Wine Collection

A properly built wine cellar provides the perfect environment for wine to age and reach its peak. The components of a wine cellar include the following and more:

  • Insulation from ceiling to floor
  • A wine cellar cooling unit that provides the correct temperature with minimal fluctuation
  • Wine racks
  • Lighting with no UV rays
  • Protection from vibration, to keep wine bottles still and stable

2. Organize your Wine Collection

When a wine collection begins to grow, it can be difficult to keep track of and find a particular bottle you may be looking for. Lack of organization often means forgetting about wine you’ve purchased. It’s not unusual for wine bottles in a state of disarray to be neglected past their time of peak enjoyment.

Wine racks, display shelves, and areas for bin storage are among the choices you have, as far as how to store, organize, and display your wine in a wine cellar. With a shelving system, you can more easily manage your wine and make sure you pop corks before the best drinking date has passed.

3. Enhance the Enjoyment of Wine and Food

When you get down to it, the true purpose of a wine cellar is to make it possible to safely store bottles of wine and then open and drink them at exactly the right time. Wine goes through a chemical process that can take years or decades. Oenologists and sommeliers have gone before us to make determinations about just how long particular vintages should be stored before being poured into a decanter and served with a complementary meal. It’s tough, however, to quickly grab that perfect bottle of wine when it’s needed if you’ve been unable to store it an organized way in a wine cellar.

4. Increase Home Value with Wine Cellar

The resale value of your home can be increased significantly if you have a custom wine cellar. Many realtors have learned by experience that wine cellars can be of more value than kitchen upgrades during resale. One of the challenges when selling a home is standing out in a way that snags buyers, and a wine cellar is one of the features that attracts the right kind of attention.

5. Wine Cellar Showpiece

It is highly fashionable, not to mention fun, to bring friends for a tour of your wine cellar. With a tasting nook and great lighting, it can be a truly memorable experience. Show off your wonderful wine collection and beautiful wooden wine racks with confidence. Wine cellars have secure entrances that can keep out teens, on-site workmen, and drunk friends.

showpiece wine cellar residential improvement

Custom Wine Cellar Construction

Get started with the process of possibly having the wine cellar you really want for your wine collection. Contact the dedicated wine cellar construction experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars. They specialize in wine cellars; in fact, that’s the only type of construction they do anymore. Rosehill offers a selection of the best wine cellar cooling units, including WhisperKOOL and Wine Guardian. Due to their experience and knowledge, there’s no one better to help you determine whether a wine cellar is the right investment for you.