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How to Create Your Dream Wine Cellar

How to create a wine cellarAre you a wine connoisseur? Do you find yourself intrigued and fascinated with different types of wine, vineyards, and grapes? If so, it’s time to take that passion and put it to use with a custom, in-home wine cellar. An in-home wine room will allow you to graciously host guests, dive deeper into your wine related hobbies, and keep your collection organized and properly stored.

The process of constructing and creating a wine cellar can seem a bit overwhelming at first. There are so many different elements to think through. You must take into consideration appropriate flooring, storage, décor, and cooling systems. That’s why we’re here to help. With our Elite service, the sky is the limit. We’ll help you create a wine room that’s completely custom and one of a kind—using stones and resources found from around the world.

With our Elite service on your side, we’ll help you transform any spare room into a deluxe wine room that you can call your own.

Flooring


The first element that’s crucial to a wine cellar is appropriate flooring. When it comes to selecting flooring for your newly designed space, there are a few key elements to keep in mind, including:
  • Weight
  • Durability
  • Appearance

Flooring weight

Contents found in wine cellars, including wine racks, furniture, stone, cabinetry, and, of course, wine bottles, are extremely heavy. Because of this, it’s most practical to install your wine cellar at the bottom of your house, with durable, sturdy flooring. The flooring you select should be able to support the weight of all the elements in your room.

The majority of wine cellars are found in the basement of homes or in rooms located toward the bottom of the living space. However, there are times when wine cellars can be featured at the top of your space. If you choose to install your wine cellar there, consult with the experts at Imperial Wholesale to ensure your desired cellar and flooring can withstand the weight of its contents.

Flooring durability

In addition to taking weight into consideration, you should also ensure your selected flooring is durable enough to withstand various elements in your cellar. For example, most likely, your wine cellar will have a cooling system. Sometimes, cooling systems lead to moisture and damp spaces.

Make sure you’re selecting flooring that won’t easily rot or warp due to this moisture, such as carpet or wood. Instead, try opting for a durable flooring material such as stone, mosaic, tile, or brick.

Flooring appearance

Finally, when selecting flooring, make sure you’re choosing a material that’s aesthetically pleasing and complementary to the décor in your room. This can include fun, unique elements such as borders or medallions, or other more classic elements like Italian porcelain from Modena, Italy.

Storage


After you’ve finalized your flooring, it’s time to move onto storage. Storage is a crucial element to your wine room. It’s a functional piece that should be designed to hold all the essentials such as wine bottles, wine glasses, and bottle openers. But, it can also be decorative and influential on the mood of your room.

To help you narrow down your storage selection, we’ve weighed the pros and cons of the two most popular wine cellar storage elements—cabinetry and open shelves.

Cabinetry

Cabinetry may be a good option for you if you have large items to store or have items that aren’t aesthetically pleasing to display (like your trusty, vintage wine opener). Cabinets will help you conceal these items with a crisp, clean cabinet door.

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Open shelves

Open shelved racks, on the other hand, put all your contents out in the open. They allow you to show off your wine bottles and other wine cellar contents and create a fresh, open space. However, keep in mind, when using open shelves, everything will be in the open, so you’ll need to prioritize staying organized year round.

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Countertops


Next, it’s important to think about your countertop options. When using our Elite service, your countertop options are truly limitless. We’ll travel the globe to bring you a custom material you can’t find anywhere else. To discover your countertop possibilities, contact our experts at Imperial Wholesale. Or, to begin your brainstorming process, see below for various vintage and new-aged material ideas.

Vintage

Vintage is a term coined to describe rustic, unique, and distressed materials, including elements like cork, reclaimed wood, and Tuscan stone. A countertop made from these types of vintage materials will give your wine cellar an old world look and feel.

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New-aged

If the vintage vibe isn’t for you, try selecting a countertop material that’s new-aged. New-aged materials embody ambiances that are modern, classic, and sleek. This can include countertops made of granite, marble, glass, or steel.

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Décor


Finally, after your flooring, storage, and countertops have been selected, it’s time to think about your décor. This step is all about being creative and showing off your individuality. So, feel free to be as creative and unique as you want.

To help you in this process, we’re sharing our top decorative pieces to place within a wine cellar, including:
  • Pennant lights
  • Chandeliers
  • Borders around tiles
  • Backsplashes
  • Vintage wood barrels
  • LED mood lighting
These few, simple decorative pieces will work to enhance the ambiance of your wine room.

Wine etiquette


With the proper flooring, storage, countertops, and décor, you’ll be on your way to enjoying your new wine sanctuary. But, before getting too ahead of yourself, make sure you’re up to date on your wine etiquette. You can brush up on the basics below.

Chilling wine

The ideal temperature for your wine cellar is 50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Warmer temperatures, higher than 70 degrees, can age your wine quicker than desirable. Colder temperatures enhance the flavor of the fruit, round out the tannins, and make the contrast between the grapes and alcohol levels more seamless.

When chilling your wine, it’s also important to keep lighting in mind. The sun’s UV rays can prematurely age wine and pose a threat to the long-term storage of your bottles. Remember this tip when selecting a location for your cellar.

Storing wine

When it comes to storing your wine, it’s all about the angle. In your cellar, wine bottles should always be stored at an angle, and on their side. This allows liquid to always be touching the cork, keeping the cork from drying out and allowing air inside.

Organizing wine

To help keep your wine room in order, it’s also important to know about appropriate ways to organize your wine. For example, you could organize your bottles by:
  • Type: Assign rows by type of wine, including red, white, and sparkling.
  • Grape: Divide rows by grape type, such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and sauvignon blanc.
  • Date/sentimental value: Keep your vintage bottles on the top rows and out of reach, making it easier to save for special occasions. Place your newer bottles on the more easily accessible rows at the bottom.
Sticking to these organizational systems will make life easier on you when trying to locate a particular wine bottle. They’ll also help you keep inventory of your bottles, letting you know when your favorite type or grape is running low.

Serving wine

Finally, it’s crucial to know proper wine serving etiquette, for when your guests arrive to try out your new cellar. As a rule of thumb, always serve wine from lightest to heaviest, and from driest to sweetest.

For example, serve your wine in the following order:
  1. Bubbles
  2. Light whites (sauvignon blanc, dry riesling)
  3. Heavy whites (chardonnay, viognier)
  4. Rosé
  5. Light reds (pinot noir, barbera)
  6. Heavy reds (cabernet, sauvignon, malbec)
  7. Dessert wines

Your next steps


With our Elite service, anything—including creating a custom wine cellar—is possible. Browse through our inspiration gallery for ideas, or simply contact us to get started on your next project.