2 Popular Wine Cellar Features

2 Popular Wine Cellar Features

Wine cellars from Rosehill Wine Cellars

An island in this customer wine cellar can serve as a wine tasting nook.

Building and accommodating appropriate wine storage for our commercial and residential customers is our passion. Wine is a one-of-a-kind beverage that deserves of all the attention it gets from genuine wine connoisseurs. We support wine hobbies such as wine collecting by ensuring that wine has an opportunity to mature in an ideal environment.  Wine cooling units are essential components of modern wine cellars.

Wine cellar, wine room, or wine cabinet

The amount of space you have to work with determines how many great features you can incorporate into a custom wine cellar or wine room. For smaller areas, such as built-in wine cabinets, the same features can potentially be incorporated, though on a limited basis.

For a wine lover, a modern wine cellar or wine room is a place that can be an absolute thrill. We recommend adding the features that will be most meaningful for you. The possibilities are practically limitless, considering all the potential combinations.

Wine rack lockers

Every wine cellar should have a security lock, to ensure that the proper environment inside is maintained and valuable investments are guarded behind lock and key. In many situations, you may want to allow people access to your wine cellar but not necessarily to your entire stock. Options that may be ideal for you are wine rack lockers. Whether you need a small amount of inventory in a wine locker or numerous bottles of wine, secure wine locker storage can be added to your wine cellar or wine room.

Tasting Nook

The best modern wine cellars include a wine tasting nook. It’s an added pleasure to have another reason to stick around for a while amidst the many bottles of wine stored in your custom wine room or wine cellar. You could simply add some extra cabinet space for wine tastings. Get comfortable with chairs and a table, to taste the wine right there where it’s stored.

Add your favorite wine cellar features

You can choose every aspect of your custom modern wine cellar in Toronto, when you work with the experts at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Your favorite wine cellar design may include wine rack lockers, a tasting nook, and a wide range of other exciting possibilities.

Wine Cellar Construction: What You Need to Know

Wine cellars from Rosehill Wine Cellars

Special wine cellar construction protects fine wine collections.

Wine cellar construction is our passion at Rosehill Wine Cellars. Much of the satisfaction we derive from our work is in sharing little known facts. Only about 2% of wines sold are meant to be aged. The other 98% are intended for immediate consumption. Wine collecting is obviously not a hobby adopted by the masses. The following are a few wine cellar construction tidbits for those who may be new at oenophilia.

Makeshift Cellars Aren’t Sufficient

Wine spoils when stored in a typical basement. There are certain conditions which must exist for wine to age properly. Temperature must be regulated. There should be no heat, light, or moisture. Some amount of humidity is needed so that corks don’t become too dry and shrink. When a wine cork shrinks, the wine evaporates and oxidation affects the taste. The wine bottles must be stowed horizontally and should not be jostled or moved at all. Vibration is a bad thing. Anyone who lives near a train track should not have a wine cellar.

Vapor Barrier

The vapor barrier is a critical component in wine cellar construction. In high-humidity climates, the barrier will prevent moist air from getting to your wine collection. Too much humidity causes mold. If you live in a dry climate, the vapor barrier regulates humidity. Wine cellar humidifiers are often needed.


Every part of a wine cellar must be taken into consideration, to ensure an environment that’s conducive to proper wine storage; and that includes the floor. Floor insulation is often recommended, depending on various conditions. The purpose of insulation is to create an environment that accommodates consistently cool temperatures at a specific and narrow range.

The flooring for a wine cellar should never be any type of carpeting. The damp, cool atmosphere in wine cellars causes mold and mildew to develop on carpets and rugs. Just about any other type of flooring is fine. In fact, a wide range of flooring is used in wine cellars across the world. Hardwood, slate, tile, concrete, marble, cork, and vinyl are all perfectly fine and are frequently chosen for wine cellar flooring.


The door is frequently the aspect of a wine cellar that fails. A wine cellar must be a sealed environment, for wine to age well. When the seal on the cellar door is lacking, controlling humidity and temperature is more difficult. Cooling units tend to burnout prematurely due to the need to run continuously.

These are just a few of many details involved with proper wine cellar construction. Contact us at Rosehill Wine Cellars to ensure that your wine collection is in an optimal environment.

Building Your Wine Cellar – by Gary LaRose

Gary LaRose

Gary LaRose President, Rosehill Wine Cellars

Building a wine cellar is a labour of love and it’s important to ensure that it’s done properly. At Rosehill Wine Cellars we have many years of successful custom wine cellar design and construction expertise to draw on.

When planning your cellar, the most important thing to consider is proper insulation. Resources should also be set aside for a quality cooling unit – even if initially you simply want a passive cellar, you should still determine during the construction phase which cooling unit could be installed. Go ahead and create the necessary fittings to allow the cooling unit to be installed in the future.

A wine cellar’s insulation/vapour barrier works opposite to regular home construction as you want to keep the cold air in the cellar – so take the time to ensure you fully understand this construction stage.  At Rosehill, we prefer spray foam insulation in our cellars for both insulation and reduction of moisture levels.  While windows and doors are popular in cellars, they provide little R value – ensure you select the sealed thermal pane option.  Doors should be exterior grade with weather-stripping on all four sides.

Racks should be chosen according to your collecting style and budget.  There is a wide variety of racking available on the market. Try our “Design Your Wine Cellar” wizard for racking layout assistance.

Other construction details to consider are:

  • the location of the cellar
  • the climate you live in
  • the temperature you desire your cellar to keep
  • recurrent vibrations within chosen area (furnace, motors, etc)
  • lighting
  • flooring
  • … and more

Our complete Wine Cellar Construction Tips document (PDF format) is available here.

Take a minute to visit our photo gallery and enjoy a virtual tour of one of our wine cellars.

Then give us a call or send an email, your wine deserves a good home.



Customer Appreciation from Virginia

“I purchased my cellar from Rosehill about a year and half ago while we were building our home. I worked with Sue – thank you Sue! Her design recommendations made all the difference. The product is phenomenal. Here is a picture of the finished cellar.”

Jorge C. Castillo
Front Royal, VA