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Post subject : Learn How To Properly Store Your Wine - step by step
You want 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.
Confer with Design Experts
Once you have weighed the factors of room size, location, bottle capacity, architectural elements, design elements and budget, it is time to confer with a wine cellar designer. At Vigilant we have a seasoned team of sales consultants and designers who will assist you in prioritizing some of the potentially conflicting design factors and provide you with a preliminary floor plan. The first floor plans and elevations are the foundation from which the final details of your wine cellar project will emerge.
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.
The first question you need to ask yourself is why are you building a wine cellar? While there is rarely a single answer to that question, the answers will, and should be, the primary factors driving the design, functional layout and construction methods for the project.
Consider these 6 project elements:
Wine Cellar Size
Wine Cellar Location
Desired Wine Storage Capacity
Type of Wine Storage and Display
Architectural and Design Elements
Wine Cellar Size
The experts at Vigilant have worked with all sizes of wine cellars, both large and small. Whether your interest is in a small closet or under stair type wine cellar to a grande showcase of wine for entertaining or expanding your collection, trust Vigilant to design and build you the perfect wine cellar.
Wine Cellar Location
The most important elements to consider when adding a wine cellar to your home is its location. Are you converting a room in your basement or will you place your wine cellar above ground? Both of these locations bring distinct differences in how you must build-out and cool the space.
Desired Wine Storage Capacity
When it comes to guessing your desired wine storage capacity there are a few important details to consider. Use Vigilant's series of helpful wine cellar charts to help in answering some of the questions you may have about wine storage and capacity.
Types of Wine Storage and Display
In today's society, wine can be stored in bottles presenting many different styles and looks. However, there are some important bottle size considerations that need to be made when choosing the proper wine cellar design and wine racks.
Wine bottles come in a myriad of sizes and shapes. Wine racking does not fit the one size fits all mold. Certain racking styles work better for certain bottle formats.
Architectural Design and Millwork Elements
An advantage of working with a wine cellar manufacturer like Vigilant is that we are not your typical wine cellar company. Vigilant also manufactures furniture finish cabinetry and architectural millwork. What this means for you is that your wine cellar project has virtually no limitations in its design, look and overall presentation potential. We can incorporate any design element you may want to match existing styles within your home or to truly make your wine cellar unique from all others.
Perhaps the most important thing to consider when deciding to engage in a wine cellar project is the budget you may have. You may not even know what your budget is at this time, but with the help of Vigilant's sales consultants, the correct questions can be asked that will allow you to establish the budget that's right for your project.
Wine Cellar Construction Details
1. Wall FramingA. Review your floor plans on site and identify the wine cellar door location, making sure that your design flows well with your existing space. You will need to:
1. Frame the wine cellar walls with a minimum of 2” x 6" studs spaced 16" on center.
2. Treat any adjacent exterior foundation walls with a waterproof protectant.
3. Erect wall framing for all wine cellar walls, even against foundation walls.
4. If you are using a through-wall wine cellar cooling system, you must identify the location for the system and build the wall framing according to the manufacturer’s specifications. Make sure that the through-wall system is venting into a space at least 50% larger than the wine cellar space. Otherwise, it will not work properly.
5. If you are using a ducted or split wine cellar cooling unit, the ducting or refrigerant lines should be run upon completion of the framing.
6. When framing for the wine cellar door, make sure to provide the correct Rough Opening or “R.O.” as specified by the door manufacturer.
A. Upon completion of the wall framing, run all electrical wiring for lighting, outlets and your wine room cooling system.
B. Cooling systems normally require a dedicated circuit, so check the manufacturer’s instructions and voltage requirements.
C. Light switches with dimmers, if desired should be placed near the wine cellar door and should control all the lighting in the wine cellar. Switches with timers or motion detectors are a nice feature that can turn the lights off for you when your hands are full. This is the time to start thinking about what kind of lighting fixtures you would like and to have the wires run for them. Consider sconces, chandeliers, recessed lighting, can lighting and track lighting.
3. Vapor Barrier
A. The application of a proper vapor barrier is a critical factor in maintaining the ideal wine cellar conditions and will prevent moist air from condensing on the exterior walls of the framed room.
B. Sheets of 6 mil polyethylene must be applied to the framing on the warm side of the wine cellar wall, between the insulation and the outer sheathing. This should be done to all walls and the ceiling, including the floor if it is made of wood or has a living space below it.
C. Tape all the joints of the vapor barrier with moisture-resistant tape and seal around all outlets and lighting fixtures that penetrate the vapor barrier.
A. Insulation isolates your wine cellar from exterior elements and helps to maintain a cool, moist environment for your wine. It will keep your passive cellar from becoming too warm and will help to conserve energy for a wine room that is actively cooled by a system.
B. Non-cement floors with living or crawl spaces below must be insulated with rigid foam, spray-in insulations-preferably closed cell, or traditional fiberglass batting. Vapor barrier must also be applied on these surfaces as well.
C. Walls must be insulated with a minimum value of R-19 and ceilings must be insulated with a value of R-30. R-value indicates the ability of the insulation to restrict heat flow – a higher R-value indicates better insulation.
D. When applying traditional fiberglass batting, make sure to orient the paper or foil barrier toward the warm side of the wine cellar wall. Seal all joints with a foil-backed tape.
E. When insulating your wine cellar, more is always better. Standard fiberglass rolls or batting provide an R-value of approximately 3 per inch.
5. Wall Finish Materials
A. Wine cellar walls should be covered in moisture resistant durable materials. Vigilant recommends DensArmor Plus® Interior Drywall. You can also use 1/2" moisture-resistant gypsum wall board or green board is the most common and cost effective wall material. This wall board must be painted with a moisture resistant paint.
B. Rot resistant hardwoods are an attractive alternative and while more expensive to purchase and install, provide a superior appearance and require no long-term maintenance.
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 guidelines for how to build a wine cellar. Failure to properly follow these guidelines may result in cooling system failure and moisture damage to areas surrounding the wine cellar
Maintain A Proper Wine Storage Environment
The vast majority of wine cellars will require a mechanical wine cooling system to maintain the proper wine storage environment of 55° F and 60-65% relative humidity. If you are lucky enough to have the existing conditions for a passively-conditioned wine room then you can avoid the cost and effort of installing a wine cooling system by simply following the build out information provided.
Wine Cellar Cooling
Wine cellar cooling systems differ from room air conditioners in several ways. They are required to cool to temperatures as low as 50° Fahrenheit and they do not dehumidify the air in the room. There are three distinct types of systems available for wine cellar conditioning:
Ductless Split Systems
The wine cellar cooling unit you choose will depend on your performance standards, budget, the location of your cellar and your aesthetic requirements.
Often ignored, humidification control is a very important factor in the proper conditioning of a home wine cellar. Most geographic areas do not have the ambient humidity levels in the air year-round to maintain the 60-65% humidity levels needed inside your wine room. Dry conditions in your cellar can dry out corks and steal your wine right from the bottle! Vigilant recommends the Climatech wine cooling system with integrated humidification control to best cool and condition your wine cellar and protect your fine wine.
Wine Racking Display & Wine Storage Components
The wine racking display and wine storage components you choose are the most vital functional and decorative elements in your wine cellar. The choices you make at this stage will largely determine how your wine room will look and function. Once you have the room dimensions and door location defined, you will need to begin placing the wine storage racks, display elements and wine storage components gracefully into your wine cellar space. Our wine cellar design experts at Vigilant can get you started and work with you to come up with a design that fits your requirements.
The best way to budget the cost of the wine racking for your cellar is on a cost per bottle basis. For a basic design the estimate should start at $3-$4 per bottle. For more elaborate designs the cost can escalate to upwards of $10 per bottle. View the wine cellar planning charts to help you determine the cost of your wine racking.
1. Custom Wine Racking
Our custom wine cellar designs are created with your needs in mind. Typically custom wine cellars have racking that runs from the floor to the ceiling.
Learn more about custom wine cellars
2. Kit Wine Racking
Vigilant kit wine racking consists of an extensive line of pre-built wine storage racks and wine cabinets that can be combined to create a complete wine cellar storage solution. At 77.5”or 92.5" high and 13.5” deep, they are of the same quality as our custom wine racks, but have these distinct advantages.
- They are available for immediate shipment
- They can be combined to create a custom looking wine cellar
- They can be modified to fit any wine room configuration
- They are less expensive than custom wine racking
Learn more about kit wine racks
3. Kit-Custom Wine Cellars
If your needs are mostly met by kit wine racks and you are looking for a custom wine cellar feature to add into your design, the experts at Vigilant will create a design and proposal that will incorporate both our kit and custom products. This may help you get the wine cellar you want and still allow you to meet any time and budget restrictions you may have.
Wine Cellar Doors
1. Wine Cellar Doors
Function and form again take center stage when considering your options for your wine cellar door. At a minimum the door must be exterior-grade – providing insulation and the proper weather stripping. The door also is the first thing you and your guests see when entering your wine cellar and is an important part of the design.
It is preferable to have your wine cellar door swing into the wine cellar, but make sure that its swing path does not interfere with your wine racks. The positive pressure in a conditioned wine room will push the in-swinging door against the jamb and weather stripping, creating a superior seal. Before ordering your door you must determine its swing; in or out, and left or right. Make sure to provide this information to the wine cellar door manufacturer.
If choosing a door with glass, make sure that the glass panels are double-insulated and are properly sealed to the door frame. If adding sidelights to your wine room door make sure that they meet all of the same performance specifications as your door.
Vigilant mahogany wine cellar doors are designed specifically for wine cellars and provide superior performance and visual appeal. These doors are available in several styles and offer glass etching, matching sidelights and decorative trim. Vigilant also designs and crafts custom wine cellar doors of any size and style to match the interior components of our cellar.
Wine Cellar Decorating
1. Wall Treatment
If you have chosen moisture resistant gypsum wall board for the wall material, it will need to be painted with moisture resistant paint. Regardless of your design direction, choose deep or dark colors for the walls. Dark walls allow the racking and wine casework to blend into the wall and provide the design with a more uniform and smooth flow.
A lighter ceiling color is ok, but tinting it with the wall color can soften the look while still providing reflective light.
2. Wine Cellar Lighting
The lighting in your wine cellar should be both functional and decorative and should provide ample light for reading wine labels without exposing your wine to excessive heat and ultraviolet light. Putting all of your cellar lighting on wall switches with dimmers will give you the flexibility to raise and lower light levels for the appropriate task. Switch timers or motion detectors are a great feature and will prevent the lights from being left on inadvertently.
Recessed Cans: Ceiling-mounted, recessed cans are the best solution for wine cellar lighting. They are unobtrusive, and their specialized fixtures allow you to aim the light to areas where it is most needed.
Track Lighting: Track lighting can be used as an alternative or in addition to recessed cans. Track lights are flexible and provide good light. As with recessed cans, make sure all tracks are at least 18" off your walls so as to avoid contact with the wine racking.
Wall Sconces: Wall sconces are attractive and shed indirect, diffuse light throughout your cellar. Wall space in wine cellars is often at a premium and may limit the use of sconces.
Chandeliers: Chandeliers are a lighting option for clients seeking a more elegant look in their wine cellar. If you are considering a chandelier, make sure that your fixture can be hung high enough or in a location that avoids foot traffic areas.
Display Lighting: Properly installed display accent lighting can be the crowning touch for your wine cellar. We recommend using low-voltage lighting systems that offer fixture location flexibility. Accent lighting works great in arch tops, high-reveal and vertical displays, and cabinets.
View Vigilant Wine Cellar Lighting
Most wine cellars use either ceramic tile or stone work on the floor. All are functional. The choice should hinge on the look you are trying to achieve in the wine room. Earth tones always look good and allow the eyes to travel away from the floor and to the wine.
Wooden Floors: Wooden floors are a great design element in a wine cellar. They look great and will hold up well to the extreme cellar conditions. Use only a rot resistant hardwood like mahogany and be sure to leave a gap between the floor and the wall to allow for expansion of the floor material. The gap can be easily concealed with the baseboard molding after the wine racking is installed.
View Wine Cellar Flooring Examples
Stonework: Stonework can be a great addition to walls. Filling the void corners of the wine cellar with stone columns provides an old-world appearance.
Furnishings: Tasting tables, stools and benches are all great decorative and functional additions to any wine cellar.
Vaulted ceilings and wood ceilings are other optional design elements that can add a unique look to your finished home wine cellar. Vigilant ceiling and wall paneling are perfect finishing touches. Both toungue & groove and bead board are available in our Shaker Maple and Chestnut finishes.
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