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Wine cellar construction is our passion at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Much of the satisfaction we derive from our work is in sharing little known facts. Only about 2% of wines sold are meant to be aged. The other 98% are intended for immediate consumption. Wine collecting is obviously not a hobby adopted by the masses. The following are a few wine cellar construction tidbits for those who may be new at oenophilia.
Makeshift Cellars Aren’t Sufficient
Wine spoils when stored in a typical basement. There are certain conditions which must exist for wine to age properly. Temperature must be regulated. There should be no heat, light, or moisture. Some amount of humidity is needed so that corks don’t become too dry and shrink. When a wine cork shrinks, the wine evaporates and oxidation affects the taste. The wine bottles must be stowed horizontally and should not be jostled or moved at all. Vibration is a bad thing. Anyone who lives near a train track should not have a wine cellar.
The vapor barrier is a critical component in wine cellar construction. In high-humidity climates, the barrier will prevent moist air from getting to your wine collection. Too much humidity causes mold. If you live in a dry climate, the vapor barrier regulates humidity. Wine cellar humidifiers are often needed.
Every part of a wine cellar must be taken into consideration, to ensure an environment that’s conducive to proper wine storage; and that includes the floor. Floor insulation is often recommended, depending on various conditions. The purpose of insulation is to create an environment that accommodates consistently cool temperatures at a specific and narrow range.
The flooring for a wine cellar should never be any type of carpeting. The damp, cool atmosphere in wine cellars causes mold and mildew to develop on carpets and rugs. Just about any other type of flooring is fine. In fact, a wide range of flooring is used in wine cellars across the world. Hardwood, slate, tile, concrete, marble, cork, and vinyl are all perfectly fine and are frequently chosen for wine cellar flooring.
The door is frequently the aspect of a wine cellar that fails. A wine cellar must be a sealed environment, for wine to age well. When the seal on the cellar door is lacking, controlling humidity and temperature is more difficult. Cooling units tend to burnout prematurely due to the need to run continuously.
These are just a few of many details involved with proper wine cellar construction. Contact us at Rosehill Wine Cellars to ensure that your wine collection is in an optimal environment.
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Are you having difficulty finding space for your wine collection? Try the hallway!
One of the most daunting tasks of any wine connoisseur living in an apartment or condo is finding space for a wine collection.
Wine cabinet units are often too large and heavy. Building a custom cellar is too costly. Perhaps, you may not even be interested in investing in a cellar for maturing your wine.
What if you are simply looking for a quick, efficient way to make the most use of your limited space, while supporting your love of wine?
Don’t fret! There is an innovative solution, and a great alternative to traditional cork-forward storage.
The Vintage View metal wine rack is the only commercial grade wine storage solution in the world that allows you to display your wine sideways with the labels in full view.
It is this label out design that allows racks to fit in narrower spaces. No more sorting through bottles to find the one you are seeking.
The innovative Vintage View WS Series metal wine racks are exceptionally flexible in design. They can be utilized to store wine bottles in nearly any space, regardless of height, depth or width limitations.
Your wine can now easily be kept in narrow spaces such as hallways, under staircases, on kitchen walls and behind sinks. The possibilities are endless!
WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE:
Available in one bottle, two bottle and three bottle deep configurations.
The Vintage View metal wine rack can be used to store as few as 9 bottles or as many as thousands, as it is possible to add on as your wine storage needs increase.
The wall mounted racks come standard in either 36″ or 48″ heights.
WHAT THEY ARE MADE OF:
Protective caps are provided to cover attachment holes and rubber tips are installed on the ends of the rods.
- Wine bottles look like they are floating in mid-air, adding to your décor.
- Identify your collection at a glance with labels facing towards you. Great for showing off your collection, and an easy way to pinpoint which wine you’d like to compliment tonight’s dinner.
- All Vintage View models can be stacked or easily cut to obtain limitless heights and interesting layouts.
- Wall mounted mid air – can be installed in awkward spots or over counters. You can easily store wood cases below.
- Can fit in narrow spaces.
For additional information, consult the Rosehill Wine Cellars Vintage View Brochure (PDF)