When choosing a place in the home for a wine cellar, temperature control is top of the list.
For those who demand perfect, long-term storage, a dedicated insulated and air-conditioned room is ideal. Almost any available space in your home can be used whether it’s a basement, an out-building or a garage. It simply needs to be insulated so that the appropriate wine conditioning equipment can be installed to control temperature and humidity.
Maintenance of your cellar and Wine Conditioning Unit
Regular temperature checks let you know your cellar and conditioning unit is protecting your wine. The conditioning unit must always have a clear air intake, and outflow, and it will provide great service for many years. The conditioning unit dust filter should be cleaned every 3 months, and renewed every 12 months for hygienic operation.
All conditioning units we supply have the lowest operating noise levels in their class, the WineMaster WineARM15 Conditioning Unit being the quietest at 38dB in regulated testing conditions. With the introduction of the latest eco-friendly refrigerant gases, gurgling sounds may become more noticeable or frequent from time to time, and this is perfectly normal. For an even quieter, peaceful environment, ask us about our ‘Split Unit‘ options which take noise levels down to 30dB or less.
If having your own wine cellar is not an option, there is a huge range of wine storage cabinets that provide a great solution. There are cabinets for conditioning, presentation, and serving, some cabinets with individually temperature-controlled compartments, the choice is massive. Call us for advice and to help you select the perfect cabinet for your needs.
The ideal temperature for storing wine is between 10°C and 14°C. Too much of a variation either side and a wine can be permanently damaged. Temperature fluctuation meanwhile is an even greater concern. Changes in temperature caused by a bottle being stored next to a radiator can result in an expansion and contraction of the wine which can lead to rapid deterioration. Wine conditioning units incorporated into a cellar achieve the optimum wine storage temperature as well as keeping this temperature constant. Multi temperature wine cabinets are ideal for storing wine at the optimum temperature on a smaller scale.
A slightly damp cellar is ideal as the humidity stops corks drying out. A dry cork exposes the wine to oxygen which can cause spoilage. Keeping bottle horizontal on specialist wine racking or in a cabinet also helps to keep the cork moist and therefore keep its shape.
Cellars should be dark as ultraviolet light destroys wine. Wine cabinets with anti-UV glass doors are also perfect for protecting wines from the light.
Frequent agitation of wines is not good for your bottles, particularly the older ones, and the wine risks deterioration.