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Wine Cellar Builders

Building a wine cellar is a huge undertaking and a major investment for most homeowners and businesses. We take great care and many precautions when designing and working in your home. In addition to looking good, the wine cellar has to be designed and built to function reliably and comprehensively to properly protect your wine collection. You will get the best outcome for your wine cellar with an experienced and knowledgable, full-service team of expert wine cellar designers. Make sure to check the portfolio of their work and check they are licensed, insured, and bonded general contractors with a large number of referrals and online reviews.

Orange County modern, yet traditional, custom wine cellar with glass wall

This Orange County modern, yet traditional, custom wine cellar features a glass front wall, metal and wood racking, diamond bins, coved trays, and high reveal displays, and more.

Here are a few questions to ask when interviewing companies to build your wine cellar:

  1. Does your wine cellar builder have the knowledge to correctly prepare your wine room? Wine thrives in cool, humid conditions. So does mold. A wine room that is not properly insulated and sealed can lead to a thriving mold population and a huge, expensive, and potentially dangerous problem. Wine cellar builders need to have a thorough understanding of insulation and cooling.

  2. How extensive is their experience? It is highly important to hire a wine cellar builder who has experience building wine cellars, preferably someone who has been in the business for many years and who has built many different types of wine cellars. Wine requires a complex and highly nuanced storage system. It takes years to gain an understanding of what kind of system will work in a given climate and space. Vintage Cellars has been building wine cellars for 20 years, has seen products and styles come and go, and knows from experience what works best.

  3. Has your prospective wine cellar construction company done a range of cellar sizes? A builder might have deep knowledge of small wine closets of the type that apartment dwellers often install, but little knowledge of how to build a large wine cellar, which requires more racking detail. Experience is key!

  4. Are they not only a builder, but also a designer? A wine cellar should fit into the aesthetic of your home, and provide the kind of visual appeal that will have your guests asking, "Can I see where you keep your wine?" A good wine cellar builder will be able to outfit your cellar with customized racks, light boxes, doors, murals, and so on. Vintage Cellars can work with your builder on racking design.

  5. Does your wine cellar building contractor understand wine itself? A wine cellar is so much more than a big refrigerator, and your wine cellar builder needs to understand that. Someone with experience in the wine industry will know to consider incorporating wine-specific details like areas for storing bottles of unusual sizes (magnum-sized bottles, splits, double magnums) and tasting areas.

At Vintage Cellars, we are not only experts in wine storage and design, but collectors as well. We continually educate ourselves on the history of wine as well as the latest trends in the industry. We design cellars for collectors to grow into by knowing your tastes, trends, and passion for wine. Vintage Cellars has been designing and constructing wine cellars since 1997. We offer free design consultations, and we are prepared to work with you on all phases of your project. We have decades of wine storage experience and an extensive portfolio of custom wine cellars built in homes, garages, and even yachts. We are fully licensed and bonded and are proud of our many happy clients. If you are thinking of building a wine cellar, contact us today and see why we are the wine storage experts.

Written by

Gene Walder

Former President and co-owner of Vintage Cellars and Vintage Wine Cellars, Gene started Vintage Cellars in 1990 and stepped down in 2020. Under new ownership, Vintage Cellars continues thriving 31 years later with over 2,500 gorgeous custom wine cellars designed and built. Gene is an expert in all aspects of building and designing custom wine cellars and wine storage.