Creating the “Modern” Wine Cellar
You’ve finally bought that house of your dreams and that 200 bottle Eurocave just can’t satisfy your desire to grow that wine collection. Where are you going to build your personal wine cellar? What about the 7 ft by 30 inch deep nook in your dining room? Sure, we must consider how to cool the environment and prepare the room properly, but let’s assume it will work out. It’s time to consider the décor of the home, how many bottles to store, the amount of space available and how to easily access the wine. These factors are all tools to help determine what type of racking to use.
Wine consumption and collection has increased exponentially over the past 10 years. To meet the market demands and the American consumer demands for quality and choice, the wine racking market has been exploding with new and exciting products. Classic redwood wine racks, old world terra cotta clay wine tiles, new “green” recycled wine barrel racks and modern metal Vintage View racks are just the tip of the iceberg.
In this particular case, the home was modern/contemporary and the desired cellar capacity was about 400 bottles. I couldn’t think of a better idea than to use Vintage View racking. Using a small nook in the dining room (that also has a small window area into the kitchen), we developed a plan using sliding glass doors for access, floor to ceiling mounts and Vintage View racking. The end result was a 432 bottle capacity wine cellar with a gallery wall of wine label artwork viewable from the dinning room table. Outside of the beautiful results, this project met another important consideration: budget. In this design, the wine racks and the installation came in under $3,000 (this does not include doors, room preparation or the wine cooling system). Now there is money left over to help fill the space with wine bottles.