A wine cellar is a storage room for wine in glass bottles or wooden barrels, or more rarely in carboys, amphorae, or even plastic containers. In an active wine cellar, important factors such as temperature and humidity are maintained by a climate control system. By contrast, passive wine cellars are not climate-controlled, and are usually built underground to reduce temperature swings. If you have an active cellar, than you have an active wine cellar cooling unit at work in the space.
In active wine cellars, the factors like temperature and humidity are controlled according to necessity as the room’s constant chill is maintained. An active wine cellar is hermetically sealed and therefore usually smaller than the basement itself. If an active wine cellar is very small then it’s sometime called a wine closet.
Passive wine cellars have temperature and humidity factors that are not considered. Passive wine cellars are generally constructed in basements which have less volatile temperature swings. In passive wine cellars, a natural low temperature is required, and that is why they are usually constructed underground in damp chilly spaces.
Wine is usually stored at temperatures that range between 7–18 °C (or between 45–64 °F). A temperature of 13 °C (55 °F), much like that found in the caves used to store wine in France, is ideal for both short-term storage and long-term aging. Wine generally matures differently and more slowly at a lower temperature than it does at a higher temperature. When the temperature swings are significant, 14 degrees or more, it will cause the wine to breathe through the cork which significantly speeds up the aging process. Between 10–14 °C (50–57 °F), wines will age normally.
Create your own space
Everyone has a different style. The size and style of the wine cellar is a very important factor. Maintaining a wine cellar is not an easy task. You need to take care of many things in case of a wine cellar. Here we have the list of few tips which will help you in maintain the wine cellar perfectly. There are many things which are required to be encompassed in the design of the wine cellar.
Wine cellar design service
Rosehill Wine Cellars helps design a wine cellar that is easy to manage and works best according to the existing design of the surrounding home or business. It works for you the consumer. The main purpose of a wine cellar is to protect the flavour. Wine is a very delicate product and it spoils easily when it is exposed to heat, light and humidity and extreme temperature swings. If the wine is not stored properly then it may lose its some of its tang, color, fragrance and body.
Wooden wine racks are the meat on the bones and another very important factor in wine cellar design. The all wood wine racks should be such that it can hold glass bottles of wine safely of course and so that means anchored top and bottom but not if that means they vibrate. Sometimes the racks are not tied in at the top if the ceiling above is a busy hallway or floor of a busy room. Make sure that the rack is stiff and do not vibrate. Additionally racks come in different sizes. Choose the height of the rack according to the height of your room.
Different racks are made up of different materials like metal, wood and plastic but wood is usually the best as it reduces vibrations. Metal racks are are aesthetically pleasing when they are heavy and stiff. If you plan to buy wooden racks then make sure that the quality of the wood is good and not aromatic as wine can take the scent of cedar and other species of wood through the corks.
Wine cellar door
Wine cellar doors add extra elegance to the room. You can customize the doors with some of the extra features like automatic door button. Rosehill Wine Cellars Construction Service will create custom glass wine cellar doors. The cost of the door increases according to the number of features you add . You can even install a glass door in the wine cellar but this is not recommended in areas where the cellar door may be exposed in direct sunlight.
Wine cellar flooring
It is said that wood flooring is best for wine cellars. Wood can tolerate fluctuating humidity levels and so it is considered to be the best material for flooring. Use of carpets and rugs should be eliminated in the wine cellars. Carpet and rugs cannot tolerate the humidity levels and they may develop fungi within them.
Wine cellar cooling system
The cooling system of wine cellar should not be confused with the home air conditioners. The wine cellar cooling system is completely different form home air conditioners. Some wine cellar cooling systems also monitor the humidity levels along with the temperature. A chilly temperature is the most important factor that must be maintained to protect wine. And it maintains the actual taste, color and fragrance of wine.
There are many other factors which can add extra charm to your wine cellars. Nowadays large variety dim and fancy lights are present in the market. These lights will look more ravishing and will not spoil the wine as well. You can add more things and feature to make your wine cellar more attractive and innovative. A wine cellar specialist will give you more ideas according to your budget and space. So you should consult the wine cellar specialist too.