By Alyssa Mammano
Acquiring a collection of fine wines and libations marks the moment in time when each new bottle was selected, the occasion during which it will be shared and the experience of tasting varying notes from each vineyard. While building an enviable assortment may take more than just a moment in time, there is no time like the present to begin planning your ideal wine and bottle storage space. As of late, advancements in technology and developments in wine storage have taken great leaps. Many options exist for customizing your home’s own luxury wine storage space. Here, we’ll guide you through the options that are available to you.
Dedicated Wine Room
A spare room, cellar or area beneath a staircase works best for a room that will be entirely dedicated to wine storage. This option is ideal for large or quickly growing collections that require ample space, and can even be turned into an entertainment room centered by a card table. With this type of space, an expert can recommend the best climate-control system and insulation for proper bottle storage. Structural modifications and electrical wiring may be required, in which case it is best to bring in a licensed contractor who is familiar with this type of job. Subterranean rooms are traditionally the preferred locations for wine cellars due to their low temperature, high humidity and lack of light.
Main Level Wine Wall
For those luxury homes that may not have a basement level or an available room, wine walls are a popular vertical option for bottle storage. These solutions are generally four feet wide and can be up to 20 feet tall with the ability to display 150-1,000 bottles of wine, or more. This option is essentially an entire wall of bottles enclosed in glass doors, providing the ability for climate control. Custom designs may include lighting, architectural and art features, and sizing options to store bottles of differing dimensions.
A compromise between a wine room and a wine wall, a wine pod offers a solution betwixt the two sizes that can be carved out from a niche or nook. Often these spaces are encircled in a glass frame for climate control and incorporated into living areas for viewing pleasure. Wine pods can be sizable for ample bottle storage or fit discreetly between walls and structural columns. A glass door allows access to the walk-in, which can include a wine fridge, bottle and glass storage and artful displays.
Spiral Underground Cellar
A newer and increasingly popular bottle storage solution is the spiral cellar, which is placed beneath any ground-level room. A circular pattern is carved out underground without the requirement for a basement, actually creating space in a home where there once was none. Up to almost 2,000 bottles can be stored in this cellar engineered from manufactured concrete. The proper location within the home, as well as the design and construction provide for the ideal climate for wine storage. Options such as in-floor glass doors, lighting and stairs can also be added on.