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Wine cellar construction is a home improvement that can increase value as well as daily enjoyment.

Everyone wants to make sure that any home improvements they invest in will also increase value at resale. The big ones are always kitchens and bathrooms. However, smaller home improvements, like wine cellar construction, can also increase value in high-end markets. You don't always have to wait until you are ready to sell to reap the benefits of your investment. For the wine lover, custom wine storage walls and cellars increase day-to-day enjoyment while you are actively living in your home.

Create Your Own Custom Wine Storage Center

custom wine storage wall and custom wine storage cabinets
Custom wine storage wall with wine cubbies, wine cubes, custom wine cabinets, and a wine refrigerator.

Wine cellar construction can be simple or elaborate depending on your needs. It can encompass an entire room, a small closet, or just a section of wall in another room. The import considerations, no matter what size space you are considering converting into a wine storage center are temperature, humidity, exposure to light, noise, and vibration1. A constant, low ambient temperature around 50° is recommended along with humidity of approximately 50% and lack of exposure to sunlight, making renovated basements a common choice for wine storage. Unfortunately, not everyone has a basement suitable for wine storage. Even if your house lacks this feature or you live in an apartment, you can manage to keep many bottles of wine by building a custom wine storage center with cubes, cubbies, cabinets and refrigeration.

  • Cubbies and cubes:

    Start building your wine storage center by creating a combination of wine cubes and cubbies to hold the individual bottles of wine. Wine cubbies and wine cubes are the backbone of a good wine cellar because they address three of the most important considerations when storing wine. They block light, keep the bottles on their sides so that the corks don't dry out, and prevent the bottles from rolling or vibrating. The difference between a wine cubby and a wine cube is that a cubby holds 1-2 bottles, while a wine cube is a larger storage container with an x-shaped divider in the center to store numerous bottles together and prevent them from rolling when stored on their sides. Both cubes and cubbies block the penetration of light into the bottle, but wine cubbies will do a slightly better job of it. This is important, because both sunlight and incandescent light can damage the flavor of wine — especially light bodied wines stored in clear, green, or blue bottles.
    wine storage cube
    Wine cubes can store a large number of wine bottles on their sides and prevent them from rolling.
  • Cabinets:

    The inclusion of a cabinet and drawer is optional in your wine storage design but is a nice addition if you will also be storing wine glasses, bottle openers, or other accessories. The cabinet is also a nice place for other bottles of liquor if you intend to centralize your alcohol storage. A cabinet door can also accept a lock if you want to restrict access.
    Drawer above a wine cabinet for bottle openers and accessories
    Drawer above a wine cabinet for bottle openers and accessories.
  • Wine refrigerator:

    A temperature range between 40° and 65° F is ideal for wine storage. If you let the temperature go higher, you will need to drink it within a few days. For many people, this is not a problem. If you do not want to drink it right away and do not have a room with consistent low temperature such as a cool unfinished basemnent or root cellar, add a wine refrigerator to your new wine storage center. Refrigerators are available in full size and small, below the counter sizes.
    Wine storage in cubbies with wine refrigerator in center
    Wine refrigerator between wine cubbies.
  • Humidifier:

    Consistent 50% humidity is perfect for wine storage. This level of humidity is important in preventing the cork from drying out. 50% humidity is common in unheated basements, but a little high for a living area. If you are not locating your wine storage in a basement, you may need to supplement the level of air moisture. In this instance, locate your wine storage center in a separate room or closet where the humidity can be controlled by a stand-alone humidifier. Inexpensive units that can easily humidify a small room are available at your corner drug store.
    Wine storage in cubbies with supplemental humidifier
    Wine storage in cubbies with supplemental humidifier.
  • Drinking area:

    Don't forget to add a place to uncork and serve your wine. Good wine storage is nothing without the ability to drink and enjoy it! A home bar or serving area can be as simple as a countertop that is incorporated into a wall of wine cubbies, or as elaborate as the antique Cruvenit pictured below.
    Wine bar and Cruvenit for tasting
    Wine bar and Cruvenit for tasting.

A good wine storage center is certain to bring a lot of enjoyment into every wine lovers life. Wine is a popular beverage that is enjoyed by many home buyers. As an added benefit, it can also increase a home's marketability. When it comes time to sell, you always want your home to stand out from the competition. But how do you distinguish your house from others in the neighborhood that are the same model? A custom wine storage wall or wine cellar may be just enough to put you over the top in buyers' minds — especially with those who appreciate the benefits of a good glass of wine.

Source 1. Wikipedia contributors. (2019, August 26). Storage of wine. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 17:35, November 15, 2019, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Storage_of_wine&oldid=912513213