Here at Rosehill Wine Cellars we strive to make sure that your wine has the best home possible! A lot goes into building the perfect custom wine cellar, because your wine needs a safe place to mature. Here are just a few things to consider when building your wine cellar.

Location, Location, Location!

The ideal location for your wine room is the basement. The location needs to be cool and dark. If the cellar is built with an external wall, make sure that the wall is facing the northeast corner. This will ensure that your cellar will not get excessive amounts of sunlight. If your designated wine room location has no external walls it may be located wherever you choose. However, keep in mind that unused crawl spaces don’t make very good wine storage rooms. These crawl spaces have little insulation, and become too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer.

The Walls

It’s very important that the temperature within the wine room doesn’t fluctuate. Fluctuations in temperature and humidity can damage the wine. Therefore, making sure that your wine cellar is properly insulated is vital. The best type of insulation is polyurethane. The next best option is insulation batts fitted into the stud cavities. A proper vapour barrier is also extremely important!


Having glass doors and walls in your wine cellar has become extremely popular. Glass creates an exciting and modern look. Unfortunately, it’s a little impractical for wine storage, because it doesn’t allow for as much insulation. If you’re considering installing glass doors or walls in your wine room make sure you have a cooling unit that can handle the added strain.

Wine Racking and Cooling Units

The wine rack layout and design should be determined prior to building the wine cellar. Take a look at our awesome wine racking options by clicking here. Having the right cooling unit depends on many factors including the location and size of your cellar.

To take a look at past wine cellars Rosehill has designed click here, and to read more about how to construct your wine cellar click here.

Make sure to contact Rosehill Wine Cellars if you’re planning to build your own wine room, because your wine deserves the very best home!

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