There are a lot of benefits to storing wine at your home. It allows you to save money by buying in bulk, provides you the convenience of having numerous options for wine without having to leave your home, gives your home a classy and stylish facelift, and it allows you the options to create a wine storage solution that improves and protects the taste of your wine.
That being said, not all wine-loving homeowners have the same wine storage demands. While a elaborate and spacious wine cellar may be the perfect solution for some, it will be far too much space for others. Most homeowners don’t have the space or inventory of wine to create a wine cellar. But, there are other options outside of wine cellars for homeowners to store wine. Wine fridges, wine rooms, and wine closets all present excellent options for homeowners.
This post will go over the benefits of each.
Consider the wine you already have in your collection; do you plan on drinking it within the next 3 years or fewer? If so, you can safely store your bottles in a wine fridge (sometimes called a wine cooler) rather than a cellar. A wine fridge stores wine while keeping its temperature at a consistent temperature. A wine fridge can be installed in two primary ways. The most common is as a built-in unit in a cabinet or enclosed space, typically in a kitchen or bar. The other type of wine fridge is a recessed counter option, which is often a stand-alone unit that can be stored virtually anywhere in your home. Modern wine fridges are energy efficient and don’t draw as much energy as older models did. The size of a wine fridge can vary, storing anywhere from 10 to 40 bottles of wine.
Both wine rooms and wine closets are considered wine cellars. While many people conjure up large, regal rooms when they think about wine cellars, a homeowner doesn’t need much space to effectively store, or even age, wine.
Because wine is perishable, it needs to be stored in particular conditions to keep it from spoiling. Wine should be stored at a consistent temperature between 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit, while keeping a humidity range between 50-70%. While a wine cooler can effectively do both of these tasks, wine coolers usually can’t be manufactured to store large quantities of wine. For wine lovers who want the ability to possess large storages of wine, a wine room or closet is perfect.
The key to a successful wine storage plan is to have options that will grow with your collection. If you’re worried that you may outgrow the size limitations of a wine cooler, you might want to consider converting a room or closet into a wine storage area.