Custom Wine Cellars
For a wine aficionado, a home wine cellar is a great investment. A well-built wine cellar will help you build the perfect atmosphere for your many bottles to be stored safely, in a gorgeous, temperature-controlled space that will stand the test of time.
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Are You An Oenophile? Why Adding a Wine Cellar Makes Sense
If you regularly drink wine with friends and family, a wine cellar may be what you need. As we all know, wine enriches life, so making an investment in a wine cellar is the perfect way to delve more deeply into your appreciation of wine. Creating a place to store your own wine supply has many benefits that just make sense.
Increase Property Value
Wine Enriches Your Life
Prevents Spoilage of Your Investment
You Can Buy In Bulk & Enjoy Significant Savings
How Much Is A Custom Wine Cellar?
For a wine aficionado, a home wine cellar is a great investment. A well-built wine cellar will help you build the perfect atmosphere for your many bottles to be stored. Some storage rooms can be set up for only a few thousand dollars, while others need tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment. Before you can start remodeling a wine cellar, know how much you can plan to pay and become familiar with price-influencing variables. Doing this will help you determine if the best investment for you is a wine cellar or storage room.
While the cheapest wine storage areas (like those found under the stairs in closets or nooks) can cost as little as a few hundred or a few thousand, it costs about $40,000 to remodel a traditional wine cellar. The cost could be as much as $100,000 or $200,000 for a very big, whole-basement wine cellar. A wine cellar construction usually costs between $300 and $600 per square foot.
Factors that Influence Price
Several factors affect the cost of the construction of wine cellars. Knowing how to manage costs will help you make the construction of a wine cellar a reality.
#1 Storage Capacity
A custom wine cabinet is an expensive feature, but you can buy cheap, pre-made wine racks for your wine cellar if you’re worried about costs. In furniture stores and online stores, also under the steps, wine racks are available for sale. Work with your contractor to determine if a custom wine rack suits your budget, or whether it is more reasonable to have a pre-made wine rack.
Generally, cellars are considered to be a good wine storage environment because they are cool, dark, and sheltered from vibration. Not all wine storage areas are, however, located in the cellar. Some popular parts of the house where wine can be mounted are accessible below.
Closets can be held at a constant temperature comfortably, so they’re perfect for storing wine. Wine storage closets won’t take up a lot of space in your house they are also relatively inexpensive to install. A wine storage closet is an excellent choice if you don’t have a basement.
Under-Floor Pull Up Storage
Under-floor pull-up storage is another way to store wine without taking up precious square footage in your home if your home has a crawl room. It is important to properly seal crawl space storage or the humidity under the house may become an issue. A basic pull up storage unit costs around $10,000 to build.
Under Stairs Storage
Under the stairs is another common spot to build a wine cellar. Storage is inexpensive to install under stairs and takes up no extra storage space in the house. It can be a challenge, however, to install sufficient climate control under your stairs. It costs between $500 and $2,500 to build a wine cellar in this area.
Walk-In Underground Wine Cellar
A spiral staircase leading down into the “room” can feature walk-in underground wine cellars. These spiral rooms do not provide a tasting area, but they can hold thousands of bottles of wine at a time. It can cost up to $50,000 for a walk-in underground wine cellar.
In converted basements, wine cellars are usually built. It must be finished to make humidity regulation easier before your basement can be turned into a proper wine storage area. It can cost between $10,000 and $30,000 to finish alone, and then installation of the rack and other features increases the price.
#3 Tasting Room
Can a sampling area be included in your wine cellar? If so, there would be extra costs incurred. As the optimal temperature for wine storage is in the mid-to upper-fifties, your wine storage area and your wine tasting area would likely be different from each other. Be prepared to pay thousands of dollars to create a custom wine tasting room in addition to your wine storage area. Work with your contractor to make the room for drinking wine comfortable and calming. Characteristics that can help make your wine storage area a nice place to spend time:
Beautiful stone walls and floors.
Attractive features like mosaic tiles, a fountain, or art for the walls.
#4 Wine Itself
The wine itself is among the most luxurious aspects of a wine cellar. You would want to buy any bottle of wine you see until you have a custom wine rack in your house, complete with a tasting room or a booth for drinking. Although you’re going to have years to build your collection, you’re going to be excited about filling your rack. Plan to have expenses to get your collection underway for the purchase of some bottles.
How Do You Build A Custom Wine Cellar?
So, you are ready to start a wine collection, but there is a serious limit to your storage space. It might not be a bad idea to build a custom wine cellar! After all, without feeling apologetic about it, a true connoisseur should have their private wine collection and ensure that they are properly stored without worrying about harming their investment.
Now, if you can’t store your best wines somewhere safe, the flavors of the wine may be significantly impacted if they are improperly stored. The following is required to properly store wine:
- Humidity – ranging from 50 percent to 80 percent so that it does not get moldy and without dropping into decay, the cork stays moist
- Darkness – ultraviolet rays can spoil wine prematurely
- Temperature – ranging from 10 degree Celsius to 13 degree Celsius to preserve the flavor of the wine
- Storage – most wines are positioned horizontally to give room for more bottles while ensuring the corks remain damp
- Ventilation – helps ensure that the temperature remains stable, especially if air conditioners are not available.
The integrity of the bottle of wine can be seriously disrupted if you abuse all of these metrics, resulting in a ‘below average’ experience when you finally open the bottle. If you waited for 15 years, it would be a tragedy. Now, let’s learn how to build a wine cellar:
Walls and Insulation
Experts suggest that you build the walls of your custom wine cellar using 2″ x 6″ joists instead of the usual 2″ x 4″ joists used for interior design. This will give you the ability not only to insulate the wall but also to add to it, as you can easily fit between the joists in the insulating material.
As you can choose to use redwood wood or any kind that takes your fancy, the kind of wood you choose is up to you, hence the “custom”.
An excellent idea is to insulate both the ceiling and the walls of the wine cellar. This is because there will be less tension on the humidifier as it will work less to reduce the humidity and make it easier to control the temperature.
In the middle of the wine cellar, install a recessed light so that it isn’t empty. You can need more than one recessed light if your wine cellar is big. These can also be used as cosmetic features that can be flipped on and off.
To avoid warm air from touching the wine, the door to your cellar needs to be insulated. The safest choice is solid interior doors, but by applying weather stripping around the door jamb, you can improve the insulation. A bottom sweep is in good order and helps keep warm air out as well. If you have a staircase, another great choice is an insulated piece of glass.
A serving platform/bench for sampling wines that may have glasses and a decanter is included in most wine cellars. The most common item to have in a wine cellar is a wine cooler because while the wines might be close to being able to be consumed, they need to be served at the right temperature; that’s where a wine cooler comes in.
What Makes A Good Wine Cellar?
Wine Cellaring 101
A well-organized selection of wines can help you stop bottles opening too soon or too late. Plus, they help you to identify the gaps in your wine collection, helping you to make informed decisions about wine buying.
And let’s not forget that you can pick wines for special occasions more quickly and find the wines you are searching for faster.
Bottles and Corks
The wine should be aged on its side any time a cork tops a wine bottle. It helps the cork, which keeps the cork moist, to come into contact with the wine. Over time, a dry cork begins shrinking and lets air inside. That is not good because wine is rapidly destroyed by oxidation!
You’ll find that many collectors are purchasing big format bottles. They do this because wines appear to stay more robust in sizes greater than a 750 ml bottle.
Temperature and Humidity
A steady 55-59 °F (12-14 °C) with 55-75 percent humidity is the proper temperature for storing wine.
Darkness is also necessary because light’s ultraviolet rays can cause the wine to spoil.
So if you intend for more than a year on aged wine, then invest in a wine cooler, cellar, rent room at a refrigerated wine storage facility, or claim any real estate in the cellar of your friend or family!
What Ages Well in a Wine Cellar?
The bulk of today’s wines on the market are made for early consumption. A wine should have any of the following qualities if you want it to mature well for many years.:
- Wines with moderate to high acidity: This is crucial. Wines lose acidity over time, so acids need to start higher.
- Red wines with higher tannin: the polyphenols in tannins stabilize color and flavor.
- Look for balanced amounts of alcohol: one of the key catalysts causing the wine to break down is alcohol. But, considering the age-ability of wines like Amarone Della Valpolicella at 15 percent + ABV, there is some controversy about this.
- A word on sweetness: As you’ll see in a jam, sweetness serves as a preservative for wine. This is one explanation why fine sweet wines age well.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT Custom Wine Cellars
What Kind Of Wood Is Used For Wine Cellars?
Pine, redwood, and mahogany are by far the most common wood species to use when building custom wine cellars. In its way, each wood species is special.
How Do You Cool A Wine Room?
Typical for most individuals, effectively cooled wine cellars use cooling units and insulation to keep the space refrigerated at an optimal humidity and temperature for wine storage. These rooms require adequate insulation, a vapor barrier, and appropriately sized cooling systems as part of the design.
How Much Does A Wine Cave Cost?
Homeowners spend about $40,000 on average to build a wine cellar. However, based on scale, the price can change significantly. A custom cabinet can cost as little as $500, while it can cost as much as $100,000 to create an entire space for 3,000 or more bottles.
Do Wine Cellars Need Ventilation?
Yes, to avoid any musty smells that could contaminate your wine bottles, a cellar must be well ventilated, especially if it is very damp. To prevent direct light that may be bad for maturing wine, a wine cellar should have no windows, so some kind of mechanical ventilation system is recommended.
What Makes A Good Wine Cellar?
A good wine cellar, well ventilated but safe from drafts, is a quiet, closed space, not subject to noises, noise, or smells. To avoid any musty smells that could contaminate your wine bottles, a cellar must be well ventilated, especially if it is very damp.
Does My Wine Cellar Need To Be Refrigerated?
The temperature should remain about 55-60 degrees in a wine cellar and the humidity should vary from around 50-75%. Some of the main variables that can kill your wine collection are variations in temperature and humidity.
How Big Should My Wine Cellar Be?
A wine cellar for a set like this is at least 25 square feet in size. You can fit as many as 500 bottles into a cellar of this size with careful wine rack placement, leaving you with a little extra room to add new bottles.
Can I Store Wine In My Basement?
Since the temperature and humidity cannot be controlled, the average basement is not good enough for holding wine. There must be no sun, no heat, and no moisture to store the wine correctly. Some moisture is allowed, but a cork can shrink, evaporate the wine and contribute to an oxidized taste if the air is too dry.
Does A Wine Cellar Add Value To Your Home?
A custom wine cellar can add to the value of your home because it establishes a compelling space for buyers with an emotional appeal. During resale, the genuine attachment of the buyer would produce a higher return.
Should A Wine Cellar Be Vented?
Ventilation must be carried out in an underground system that has a ground-level filtering process that takes several hundred feet to trap heat and humidity, much like a distillery that goes through an evaporation process. Temperature target of 55 is set but depending on position 58-62 degrees is typically reached in a passive ventillation configuration.
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