The different types of wine cellars.
- Aging wine cellar: it allows the wine to improve in the best conditions, it is a model to be preferred when you own great wines or when you have plans to acquire them.
- Conservation wine cellar: it is often seen as a complement or intermediary to the ageing cellar, its role is to accompany the bottles which are almost at their peak (when they only have a few weeks/days left).
- Serving wine cellar: it allows you to always have bottles at serving temperature. Be careful, not all wines require the same serving temperatures (for example, a rosé wine will be served fresh, 8/10°C, while a red wine or a Bordeaux will be served at 17/18°C).
- Multi-temperature or multi-purpose cellar: it allows you to choose different temperatures per floor, so you can keep all your bottles in the same place and under storage conditions adapted to each one.
You may have to choose a cellar with a solid or glazed door, but be careful, cellars with glazed doors are more aesthetic but consume more electricity. It is important to ensure that the latter sufficiently filter out UV rays that are harmful to the proper preservation of the wine.
We recommend that you have a digital thermometer with you. Installed inside your wine cellar, it will facilitate temperature control.
What capacity for my cellar?
When you choose your used wine cellar, we recommend that you take more capacity than the number of bottles of wine you already have in your possession. It’s not something you buy every day. It is therefore necessary to plan the future bottles that will be added to your collection.
Most wine cellars have a capacity ranging from 10 bottles to more than 300 for some models.
You will need to take into account the unit of measurement of capacity (which is often based on a Bordeaux bottle), as this influences the capacity of your wine cellar! A bottle of Burgundy does not have the same dimensions as a bottle of Bordeaux…
The shelves (which allow you to organize your wine cellar) will also influence the capacity of your cellar.
A few examples of brands that are renowned for preparing the purchase of your used wine cellar.
- Liebherr30 years of know-how in wine conservation and tasting, for high-tech cellars.
- Artevino: since 1996 the brand has established itself by offering different ranges. It stands out with its modern designs and high technicality.
- Climadiff: created in 1997, the brand first established itself in household appliances before distinguishing itself in wine storage.
- Haier: has devoted its energy and expertise for more than 30 years to developing the best household appliance products.
WHERE IS THE IDEAL PLACE TO SET UP YOUR WINE CELLAR?
Just like a bottle of wine, your cellar must be installed in a room with some subtleties. It is the proper storage of your bottles that depends on it!
To place it, you will need a strategic location with the following characteristics:
- no direct exposure to the sun. Choose a dark room.
- no vibrations (do not install your wine cellar next to your washing machine for example).
- a part that does not fall below 0°C and does not rise above 38°C.
- you can choose between a free or built-in installation according to your desires and preferences.
HOW TO ORGANIZE AND MAINTAIN YOUR WINE CELLAR?
The organization of a wine cellar.
For optimal wine storage you should make sure that the bottles are lying or tilted. It is necessary to ensure that the cork is always moistened and can thus fulfil its role as a preservative.
Remember to place your bottles with the label facing upwards to get a better view of your bottles and to be able to quickly find the one you want.
Keep a cellar register! The register will allow you to note the location of the bottles and the storage date so that you can find the one you are looking for quickly and without having to handle the bottles unnecessarily (this register will avoid unnecessary handling of your bottles). Repeated handling can affect the quality and proper storage of the bottles).
Maintenance of a wine cellar.
- Check the temperature regularly, it must be adjusted according to the wines you have in your possession.
- Check the humidity (humidity level) regularly, it must be at least 50% and ideally between 60% and 75%.
- Also check the ventilation and the charcoal filter, which is used to purify the air. A carbon filter is normally replaced once a year.
You now know everything you need to know to choose your used wine cellar perfectly: the type of wine cellar, the capacity, the ideal conditions to place your cellar, advice on how to organise it and how to maintain it…