In the past, entire wine cellars might have been considered a luxury feature found in fine-dining restaurants or the homes of the very-rich, but they are now becoming more and more popular among regular homeowners.
True wine connoisseurs know that wine cellars have the ability to suitably accommodate collections, since they provide the perfect environment for fine wines to properly age.
UK-based company, Wine Racks, which specializes in creating bespoke wine cellars and solid oak wine racks for individual and commercial use, outlines why you should consider having a wine cellar fitted in your home.
1- Helps preserve wine
There are many key factors to take into consideration when storing your precious bottles, including the location, atmosphere, temperature and the racks used to store wine. As such, having a cellar fitted by an expert who knows exactly what they are doing is advantageous.
Wine cellar fitters understand the correct temperature and humidity levels needed to keep wine at its very best, whilst also creating bespoke designs fitted to individual requirements, using the right product dimensions and materials.
Wine fridges and cooling units might work for people that only wish to temporarily store a few bottles here and there before consuming, but they are certainly not recommended for those who seek to store their wine long-term. This is because such units are electrically operated and may produce heat, which can of course spoil the contents.
When wines are stored properly, they not only maintain their quality, but a large majority of them will actually improve in taste, aroma and complexity as the wine ages.
As such, serious wine collectors with the space to do so should consider having a cellar installed, which will help them preserve their collection for many years.
2- Keeps wine collections organised
Home wine cellars allow collectors to organise their inventory all in one, neat place, being able to proudly view exactly what they have acquired over time. Bottles can be accessed with ease, and collectors can organise their cellar based on several factors, including, peak ageing, region, grape variety, type and price.
For instance, if you have a few expensive bottles or superior vintages within your collection, you might want to keep these at the back of the cellar, saving them for a special occasion so that you don’t find yourself corking them on an impulse!
If you are lucky enough to have a large cellar space and a collection to match, then you might wish to invest in an app that helps wine lovers coordinate and categorize their bottles.
3- Adds value to a home
Having a wine cellar installed unquestionably adds some extra value to a property, whether that includes extending an existing part of the home, like the basement, or incorporating a wine cellar into the plan for a new build.
Any wine fanatic would be seriously thrilled at the chance of purchasing a home with a built-in cellar in which to fulfill their passion, which means they may be happy to pay more for a property that comes with that particular feature, putting your property firmly at an advantage within this niche market.
Additionally, hiring a professional fitter to install a custom cellar means homeowners can choose the right materials and added features that will perfectly compliment the layout and style of the property.
4- Encourages better wine knowledge
By installing a cellar at home, a person is demonstrating their dedication to collecting, which can surely only help to enhance their knowledge and fascination with wine. As they build their collection, so too expands their understanding of the world of wine.
In turn, this can affect travel choices, as connoisseurs seek to visit the world’s best wine regions and vineyards, in order to continuously add to their collections.
Wine cellars also look super impressive and are a great way to socialize with like-minded individuals, allowing you to show off your collection, along with your acquired knowledge. If entertaining guests is something you love to do, then installing a wine tasting table down in the cellar might be worth thinking about so you can throw your own home-based tasting sessions!
5- Future investments
Those who have plenty of space to store their bottles tend to find that they save a lot of cash in the long-run, particularly if they are wine-savvy and understand when to purchase vintages at a good price in order to store them for future investment when they have reached their peak ageing.
Likewise, having a cellar space means collectors can purchase wine in bulk, rather than as single bottles, which can also contribute to lower costs down the line.
There are many benefits to having a wine cellar fitted in the home, including an increase in property value, a more organised collection and the ideal wine storage conditions. But, above all, the pleasure that comes from acquiring, preserving and displaying a collection over many years, knowing one can select any bottle they wish at any time from their personal stash, simply cannot be rivaled.
This guest post was provided by Wine Racks UK exclusively for Social Vignerons.
Wine Racks is a UK-based designer and manufacturer of bespoke wine racks, hand-crafted from quality woods, which are then perfectly sanded and polished with Danish oil. Units can be fitted with sliding shelves, backing, plinths and tops to create a gorgeous, tailor-made wine storage facility that matches any interior.