We Make Wooden Wine Racks In Our Woodshop

We Make Wooden Wine Racks In Our Woodshop

Here at Rosehill Wine Cellars, we make all types of wooden wine racks in our modern woodshop behind our Mississauga showroom. Our facility is equipped with every machine and tool required to make wine cellar visions come to life. Our skilled staff is comprised of sawyers and cabinetmakers who use a variety of advanced wood processing machinery to complete breathtaking custom woodworking projects.

We’ve made it our mission in life to be Canada’s best wooden wine rack producer and to be ranked among our nation’s most imaginative wine cellar designers. Because we’ve been in the wine cellar construction industry since the 1990’s, we know which designs, materials and cooling equipment are most efficient, and when it comes to racking, we’ve got the means to build anything you can imagine, on time and on budget.

woodworker checks crown moulding from Weinig Variomat

Sawyer examines output from the Weinig Variomat crown moulding machine.

Highly Motivated Workers Are Rosehill’s Secret Weapon

Eight industrial woodworking technicians, both male and female, work within our wine cellar production centre, and we pride ourselves in the longevity of our work force. Much of our staff has been with us for over a decade, learning new skills and becoming more knowledgeable and experienced every day.

Each staff member has different abilities which they’ve brought to our team or have developed here in our shop. We strive to work with everyone individually to ensure we’re leveraging their best skills. Since our plant produces custom work, every job is a little different, and each order brings fresh challenges and new learnings.

Our woodshop processes approximately 3500 board feet of top-quality hardwood per month. Most of the wood we use is grown domestically and that includes oak, maple, walnut, birch, and cherry. Certain exotic lumbers are imported, like mahogany and sapele.  Other necessary supplies include white birch plywood, rolls of hardwood veneer edging, hinges, handles, panes of glass, boxes of screws and buckets of varnish and wood glue. In addition to everything else, we also use about 4lbs of pure Canadian beeswax each month. (Save the Bees!)

Hardwood enters our shop as raw timber, unstained and untreated but kiln-dried and perfectly cured so it won’t shrink after it becomes furniture. The boards are moved to our storage area where they’re sorted and wait to be selected. The handlers here are the youngest, and strongest team members and they start each day by ripping planks to the correct specs.

A human hand points at custom wine cellar design component, angled wooden wine rack.

Wine cellar design schematics streamline production and are shared between specialists.

Every assignment comes in the form of detailed blueprints with a specific pick list and the correct order in which things need to be completed. This process ensures we stay on schedule. We also create predesigned kit racking which is also custom built to order. The advantage of having a versatile team is that individual roles can change at a moment’s notice without delaying production.

How Wooden Wine Racks Are Made

Wooden wine racks are conceived on paper with each part itemized. The resulting schematic follows the job around the shop where it serves as a handy list of parts and to illustrate more complex assemblies. Junior staff members start the process when they choose the raw timber from which to fabricate parts. Their work passes to more senior staff who require wooden components be precisely cut and shaped.

Inside our facility are specialized wood saws which not only cut high quality timber, they also reduce time and effort. It’s no secret that our professional equipment makes woodworking easier, more precise, and safer than if we were operating consumer-grade tools available in hardware stores. As an example, one table saw in our shop has eight blades and can rip a single plank into seven strips in one pass. The machine uses lasers to check the edges and will auto-report any calibration requirements.

Eight blades for a table saw that rips boards into seven strips of wood.

Eight blades for a table saw that rips wooden planks into thin strips for wooden wine racks.

Next stop for most woods being used is a station where we smooth rough surfaces and carve the required grooves. Our Weinig Variomat whirls five cutting edges at once and outputs flawless crown moulding.

Our wood shop also has an Opticut S-50 which cuts upwards from underneath the wood. This device lets operators dial-in the exact specifications they require, and then that same operation can then be performed indefinitely. That’s a real time saver when building wine racks or anything that requires lots of duplicate pieces like our Premier Cru wood wine racking kits.

Carlo on the opticut s-50 programmable saw interface

The programmable Opticut s-50 saw is a real time saver for cutting similar pieces in custom wine cellar designs.

Another programmable tool is our Honig CNC machine which was imported from Germany. The computer-controlled mechanism improves production time, quality, and consistency as well as material yield. Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining is a manufacturing process which employs pre-programmed computer software to dictate how the cutting mechanisms move and we use it when we want to complete a large custom wine cellar with many uniform parts. We also have regular table saws as well as a band saw, an edge sander, a drum sander, a wood lathe, and a side bore drill.

Ripping strips of wood on a table saw inside the wood shop at Rosehill Wine Cellars

Worker uses table saw to rip thin strips of black walnut for decorative elements in wine cellar racking.

Once the rough lumber has been planed, routed, and shaped to the required parameters, the pieces advance to the assembly phase. Nail-gunners with perfect eyesight and steady hands take up the arm-numbing task of binding the bits together.

Worker uses compressed air nail gun to bind wooden bits into a decorative grill to cover wine cellar cooling duct.

Worker uses nail gun to bind six inch bits of wood into a decorative cover for a wine cellar cooling duct.

In the photo above, a worker uses a nail-gun to shoot slender bits of metal into a delicate grill which, in this case, will be used as a custom duct cover.

In the assembly phase, our most senior cabinetmakers with years of experience follow the same detailed plans to fasten all the wooden parts and pieces together as wall cabinets and wine racks.

master carpenter works to make cabinets for wine cellar at Rosehill woodshop

A cabinetmaker with forty years of experience assembles wooden pieces into a wall unit for an upscale custom wine cellar.

Finally, there are finishing touches which include staining, lacquering, and waxing certain woods.

spraying varnish on hardwood slats for wine racks at spray booth in woodshop

Spraying wood with a protective lacquer in the well-ventilated spray booth inside Rosehill’s woodshop.

A spray booth station with all the requisite barriers and ventilation is among the most recent additions to Rosehill’s woodshop. As an environmentally conscious organization we only use biodegradable water-based finishes. Before we had our own spray booth, the work was sent across town to a 3rd party vendor, but now it’s all done in-house which gives us more control over the quality and timeline.

Finally, the finished product moves to the Shipping Department.

custom wooden wine racks ready for pickup

Another load of wooden wine racks waits for pickup in the Shipping Department of the woodshop.

Here are wooden wine racks waiting to be packaged so they can be picked up or shipped out and assembled in a new wine cellar somewhere near or far. The racking we make is installed in homes, cottages, and restaurants all over North America. We are extremely proud of the cellars we produce, and it shows in the quality of the craftsmanship.

7 Things you May Not Know about Wine Rack Kits

7 Things you May Not Know about Wine Rack Kits

Wine Racks from Rosehill

With wine rack kits, you can affordably set up wine storage for your collection.

Wine rack kits are affordable, high-quality options for setting up home storage for your wine collection. Any true wine lover will set up proper wine storage space, creating the option to buy in bulk and take advantage of other opportunities to cut the cost of wine purchases. Horizontal wine racks provide optimal storage because they prevent sediment from collecting at the bottom of the bottle, ensure that the cork stays moist, and more. The following are some things you may not know about wine rack kits.

1-Many Modules can be Cut to a Custom Fit

Kits can be adaptable to your wine storage needs. Some modules can be easily cut to allow for customization. Many Premier Cru wood wine rack kits, for instance, offer construction of the highest quality plus the option to customize.

2-Mix and Match Modules

Wooden wine rack kits have angle displays, thickness, and depth that allow for mixing and matching, to build the personalized wine cellar you dream of.

3-Trim is Often Included

Crown and base trim is often included, such as Premier Cru kits that can be ordered from Rosehill Wine Cellars. The trim is shipped in long lengths so that the cleanest look can be achieved upon installation. Shorter lengths can be cut, if preferred; simply ask when ordering. Side returns are provided for two ends. Also, extra trim can be ordered, if desired.

4-There are Options of the type of Wood for Kits

There are different types of wood you can choose from for your wooden wine rack kits.  In the moderate price range are kits made with Beech, Toasted Maple, and Sapele, which is African Mahogany.  Custom racking is available in virtually any desired wood type; Walnut and Cherry are very popular.

5-Curved Wine Rack Kits are Available

The options in wooden wine rack kits include curved racks that allow you to use corner space efficiently.

6-They are Good Investments

You can store a lot more wine with wine racks than in the same amount of space without racking made from kits. Another reason kits are good investments is that no matter the age of your wine, there is benefit to storing it properly.

7-Rosehill Wine Cellars has an Excellent Design Resource for Wine Racks made with Kits

Rosehill Wine Cellars offers detailed tips for designing and creating your own wine cellar and adding shelving as desired using wine rack kits. Click here to go to the link.

Check out the wine racking gallery at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Many show wine storage constructed with wine rack kits.

5 Reasons to Invest in a Wine Cellar   

5 Reasons to Invest in a Wine Cellar   

All true wine lovers dream of having their own wine cellar; it’s only natural. Although wine cellars don’t come cheap, it could make sense to invest in one for your home.

Adding Custom Wine Cellar Can Add Value

There always seems to be a way to do those things that mean the most, and sometimes you never know until you take steps in the right direction. Focusing on perceived hurdles such as the cost of a quality wine cellar cooling unit from a top manufacturer like Wine Guardian or WhisperKOOL could keep you from realizing your dream. Start, instead, by checking out the following five good reasons to invest in a wine cellar.

Wine Cellars from Rosehill

A custom wine cellar is an excellent investment. (Photo: Rosehill Wine Cellars)

1. Protect your Wine Collection

A properly built wine cellar provides the perfect environment for wine to age and reach its peak. The components of a wine cellar include the following and more:

  • Insulation from ceiling to floor
  • A wine cellar cooling unit that provides the correct temperature with minimal fluctuation
  • Wine racks
  • Lighting with no UV rays
  • Protection from vibration, to keep wine bottles still and stable

2. Organize your Wine Collection

When a wine collection begins to grow, it can be difficult to keep track of and find a particular bottle you may be looking for. Lack of organization often means forgetting about wine you’ve purchased. It’s not unusual for wine bottles in a state of disarray to be neglected past their time of peak enjoyment.

Wine racks, display shelves, and areas for bin storage are among the choices you have, as far as how to store, organize, and display your wine in a wine cellar. With a shelving system, you can more easily manage your wine and make sure you pop corks before the best drinking date has passed.

3. Enhance the Enjoyment of Wine and Food

When you get down to it, the true purpose of a wine cellar is to make it possible to safely store bottles of wine and then open and drink them at exactly the right time. Wine goes through a chemical process that can take years or decades. Oenologists and sommeliers have gone before us to make determinations about just how long particular vintages should be stored before being poured into a decanter and served with a complementary meal. It’s tough, however, to quickly grab that perfect bottle of wine when it’s needed if you’ve been unable to store it an organized way in a wine cellar.

4. Increase Home Value with Wine Cellar

The resale value of your home can be increased significantly if you have a custom wine cellar. Many realtors have learned by experience that wine cellars can be of more value than kitchen upgrades during resale. One of the challenges when selling a home is standing out in a way that snags buyers, and a wine cellar is one of the features that attracts the right kind of attention.

5. Wine Cellar Showpiece

It is highly fashionable, not to mention fun, to bring friends for a tour of your wine cellar. With a tasting nook and great lighting, it can be a truly memorable experience. Show off your wonderful wine collection and beautiful wooden wine racks with confidence. Wine cellars have secure entrances that can keep out teens, on-site workmen, and drunk friends.

showpiece wine cellar residential improvement

Custom Wine Cellar Construction

Get started with the process of possibly having the wine cellar you really want for your wine collection. Contact the dedicated wine cellar construction experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars. They specialize in wine cellars; in fact, that’s the only type of construction they do anymore. Rosehill offers a selection of the best wine cellar cooling units, including WhisperKOOL and Wine Guardian. Due to their experience and knowledge, there’s no one better to help you determine whether a wine cellar is the right investment for you.

3 Reasons it Makes Sense to Get your Own Wine Cellar

3 Reasons it Makes Sense to Get your Own Wine Cellar

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A custom wine cellar makes sense for wine lovers. (Photo: Rosehill Wine Cellars)

If you regularly drink wine with dinner, a wine cellar may be just what you need. As all oenophiles know, wine enriches life. Making an investment in a wine cellar is the perfect way to delve more deeply into your appreciation of wine. Providing a place to store your own wine supply has benefits that make sense for families of all sizes and tax brackets. The following are five of the top reasons to have your own custom wine cellar built.

1-Prevents Spoilage

The beauty of a custom wine cellar is that it creates the perfect atmosphere uniquely ideal for wine. The best wines improve with age, as long as they age in the correct environment. You more fully embrace everything that’s special about wine when you have your own wine racks and a wine cooling unit that maintains the right temperature. The humidity level is also an essential element for optimal wine conditions. Horizontal wine racks typically do the best job of allowing for the optimal aging process, which is gradual. This is largely because the wine keeps the cork swelled with a proper seal. It also ensures that sediment falls a distance away from the cork, so that the wine isn’t spoiled when pouring it. A wine lover saves money with proper storage, since wine is protected from spoiling.

2-Cuts Cost of Wine

Buying wine in bulk provides a significant savings over buying one wine bottle at a time. Many people get in on wine clubs, as a way of taking advantage of savings. A wine cellar is needed to begin buying in bulk. Otherwise, the wine would tend to spoil before you have a chance to enjoy it. You can even enjoy finer wines when purchased a case at a time, since you have more opportunities to buy at discounted prices.

3-Helps with Organization

When you have a custom wine cellar built, one of the pleasures of helping with design has to do with your personal style of organization. A wine cellar is the best place to manage and organize a wine collection. There are many different styles of wine racks and wine room features that can accommodate your needs for a wine cellar. For instance, you may want to include bins for wine storage, floor to ceiling wine racks in addition to wine racks for individual bottles. If you enjoy technology, there are many options for wine organization software that can help you keep track of your collection. Between keeping the wine in the proper environment and managing your collection, it will be more a pleasure than ever to make your selection of wine to be served before or during dinner or with dessert.

Many homeowners have mistakenly considered a wine cellar to be an out-of-reach luxury. Due to their popularity, wine cellars are not just for rich people anymore. If you are a wine lover who enjoys sensible investments, you can’t go wrong with a wine cellar.

Recommendations for Wine Racks – Part 3

Recommendations for Wine Racks – Part 3

When you have a custom wine cellar built, among the details you choose are the types of wine displays, wine racks, and other storage spaces you will have. You can also choose many styles of wine racks for storage in rooms of your home, such as the kitchen, dining area, and living room. If you are looking for a wine rack that won’t be in a custom wine cellar or dedicated wine room, placement of the rack is an essential consideration. It’s important that sunlight doesn’t hit the spot where you store wine.

Countertop Wine Racks

There are many options for wine storage in wine racks, such as floor racks and wine furniture.

Storage of wine on countertop wine racks can be a great solution, when floor space is lacking. You can find racks of all sizes and storage capacities for countertops. Countertop wine racks are popular because many oenophiles like to have their bottles handy when they’re ready to open them.

Wall Mounted Wine Racks

Wall-mounted wine racks usually have decorative qualities, and yet they serve the same functional purposes as others. They can store wine while adding to the aesthetics of a room. Wine racks on the wall provide another space-saving solution. It’s essential that the rack is correctly attached to the wall in a way that ensures it is able to hold the weight of the wine bottles it stores.

Hanging Wine Racks

Hanging wine racks hang from the ceiling or underneath cabinet space. They are similar to wall-mounted wine racks, other than being attached to something besides a wall. This style can be beautiful, and hanging wine racks can also include a section for hanging wine glasses. Since many kitchen cabinets aren’t tall enough to accommodate stemware, the hanging wine rack offers an additional practical feature.

Floor Wine Racks / Wine Furniture

Countertop wine racks provide space-saving convenience.

There are also wine racks designed as stand-alone pieces of furniture. Other versions of floor wine racks are built into chopping block tables or kitchen islands. Floor racks can potentially have a much greater capacity for wine storage than those built for cabinets or walls. They can also be incorporated as multi-functional pieces of furniture.

Stackable Wine Racks

If you have an expanding collection, stackable wine racks, also known as modular wine racks, can simplify your wine collection efforts. As your collection grows, simply add additional sections, which stack on top of the existing racks. This style of wine rack is most suitable for wine cellars and wine rooms.

It’s important to note that these wine racks mentioned above don’t provide the ideal storage conditions that protect wine from spoilage. Be sure to see the final part of this four-part series, to learn about the most ideal conditions in which to place your wine racks.

Recommendations for Wine Racks – Part 2

Recommendations for Wine Racks – Part 2

You know that the type of wine rack you probably want is horizontal, if you read Part 1 of this series. Once you know the angle of the rack you want, you can move on to choosing a wine rack that matches your needs and décor or setting. Whether you are buying custom wine racks for your wine cellar or for use in your home, there are several basic options in the materials used. The primary choices for wine racks are wood and metal.

Wood Wine Racks

Wine cellar construction

The traditional material used for wine racks and wine cellars is wood such as mahogany, pine, or redwood.

The traditional material for wine racks is wood, which is a sophisticated and timeless choice. Of course, custom wine cellars are also typically made of wood, with wine racks to complete the look. The most popular types of wood used for custom wine racks are redwood and mahogany, and they can come with a variety of wood stains. Quality wood wine racks are extremely durable and won’t bend or break. More about specific types of wood for wood wine racks follows:

Redwood Wine Racks

Natural oils in redwood wine racks make this timber species an excellent choice for wine racks because the oils are preservatives that protect wood against mildew and moisture. Unstained redwood is as beautiful as when it is stained. The many color variations provide a way to choose a style that fits with your particular taste.

Pine Wine Racks

The least expensive type of wood for wine racks is pine. Another benefit of pine is that it can be stained to a color that matches just about any type of wood finish. This can assure nice coordination with your other furnishings and upholstery.


Mahogany is a very popular wood to use in the construction of wine racks, wine shelves, rooms, and custom wine cellars. It resists warping, swelling, and moisture decay. To prevent mildew from forming and deterioration caused by temperature fluctuations, mahogany is often stained and lacquer-finished. Mahogany is the wood of choice for many high-end wine storage designs.

Metal Wine Racks and More

Metal wine racks offer a contemporary alternative to wooden wine racks. The possibilities with metal are endless. When buying metal wine racks, be sure there is sturdy construction. Other than that, you have a wide range of choices, from ornate designs to sleek, modern styles. Metal wine racks can potentially add distinct sophistication, style, and/or an artistic touch to your wine storage.

There’s no reason to limit the type of material used to store wine, as long as the structure is sturdy and won’t bend or break, causing harm to your wine collection. You can find glass wine racks, plastic wine racks, and perhaps other materials used for wine storage. It’s all a matter of taste and preference.

More to Come

In the next installment of our series on recommendations for wine racks, learn about types of wine racks. For beautiful custom wine racks, contact Rosehill Wine Cellars. We specialize in custom wine cellars, and they can include many different kinds of wine storage shelving.