Ideal Wine Storage Conditions

How to Build a Wine Cellar

First things first, have you read our list of considerations of what is involved in building a wine cellar on our how to build a wine cellar overview web page? It's a great place to start learning about the many considerations involved in building a wine cellar and we recommend you review.

Properly Storing Your Wine

So you have decided to build a wine cellar, but will you be properly storing wine so it will age to perfection? Here is what you should know about storing your precious collection.

The Ideal Environment

A temperature of 55° Fahrenheit and a Relative Humidity of 60-65% are ideal for long-term wine storage. The cool temperature slows the aging process, while the high humidity prevents moisture inside the wine bottle from moving into the cork and eventually evaporating into the air. Ultraviolet light exposure should be kept to a minimum. While some basements in northern climates may naturally provide these conditions. It is more likely that you will need to actively condition your wine cellar using a wine cellar cooling unit.

Actively conditioned wine cellars

The basements of most modern homes are too warm and dry to passively provide the ideal conditions for wine storage. Wine cellars installed above ground will require active conditioning to achieve the ideal wine cellar environment. Should you choose to actively cool your wine cellar using a wine cooling system, you will need to follow the proper wine cellar construction guidelines for building a wine cellar. Failure to properly follow these guidelines may result in cooling system failure and moisture damage to areas surrounding the wine cellar.

Wine bottles in wine cellar

The proper temperature and environment ensures your wine tastes good and can be stored for a long period.

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