Is there any more stylish and impressive a way to get some use out of your basement, than turning it into a wine cellar? Imagine the look of envy on your guests faces as you announce that you will be right back, and that you just have to take a jaunt down to your wine cellar and get a nice bottle of port.
Pomp aside, a basement really can be an ideal place to store your wine collection. Wine needs to be kept in a dark place, where you don’t get much vibration, and where the temperature doesn’t change much. The basement is recessed in the ground, therefore it doesn’t vibrate much even when something heavy falls in the house. The ground around the walls of a basement also act as insulation, making sure that the temperature in this space does not fluctuate that much. Finally, the naturally dark ambiance of the basement is actually a bonus when it comes to storing wine.
Wine should be kept at 49-56 degrees fahrenheit. Good solid insulation can go a long way towards keeping your basement in that range. However if you are living somewhere where it tends to get very hot, you may want to consider getting an air conditioning unit for this area. That is because even though insulation will keep heat out, and prevent rapid temperature changes, it will also keep heat in. This means that over a 4-5 day heat wave the temperatures in your basement can rise out of the safety zone and can then remain there for several days more.
If you want to be very cautious, or if you have a lot of money invested in your wine collection, you may want to consider the added precaution of purchasing a generator for your cellar. This will prevent damage due to a heat wave occurring at the same time as a power outage.
If you live in a dry region, you may also want to consider the purchase of a humidifier. This is because dry climates tend to cause corks in wine bottles to shrink, thus letting in air. Air is one of the worst factors that can negatively affect the quality of wine.
As far as storage you have a wide variety of options ranging from wrought iron, to wooden racks. Wine racks can be free standing, like shelves, or hung from walls. For a wide variety of wine racks to choose from, we recommend Totally Furniture’s wine rack selection
If you aren’t looking for anything fancy, wine boxes can be used to create simple shelving. Most wine bottles are shipped in pre-sized wooden boxes. Stacked in rows, these boxes make perfect storage spaces for your wine collection.
Most basements are perfect for the storage of a wine collection. If you are a serious investor you may want to invest in a few cautionary devices such as generators or humidifiers. However in general the sophistication and elegance of a wine cellar at home is as simple as adding a few shelves and your own personal collection.