You have a wine collection to make even a connoisseur flush with envy, but do you have the perfect wine racks and storage solution to put your bottles of vino on display? When designing, wine storage rack plans can take time as there are many attractive options. While most homes boast wall-mounted racks, at the very least, you don’t have to settle for something ready-made; you can quite easily design your own space anywhere suitable in your home. A wine fridge complements your wine rack storage perfectly and is an excellent addition to a start-up home cellar.
The best wood for wine racks
Supposing you choose the more conventional option of wooden wine racks, indeed popular due to the longevity, affordable cost and durability of natural wood. Wooden wine racks are ideal for custom design as the medium is highly malleable.
Pine wine racks
A great choice for beginners, pine wood, is not only a highly favoured choice for building wine racks; similarly, there is a long-standing love of pine for all indoor and outdoor furniture. Pine is easy to work with, affordable and widely available; additionally, if treated correctly will withstand the test of time.
Oak wine racks
You can go right with this option for those who favour tradition and enjoy oak wood’s warmth and old-world charm. Working with oak may require some expertise, however, as the qualities that make this hardwood so desirable also can render it difficult to work with. Oak is resistant to wear and tear as well as insects.
Mahogany wine racks
The distinctive reddish-brown hues of mahogany combined with the natural grains in the wood make it a perfect choice for a wine rack. Mahogany is a luxurious and popular hardwood for both furniture and wine displays. Again, this hardwood’s qualities could show you need assistance on the woodwork front.
Should wine be stored horizontally or vertically on racks?
As a rule of thumb, wine bottles should always be kept on their side, namely, bottles that are sealed by cork. Keeping the cork moist and in contact with the wine is imperative to prevent it from drying out and allowing oxidation. Additionally, a small amount of sediment can collect in wine due to the wine-making process; subsequently, laying bottles on their sides or at a 45-degree angle allows this debris to settle to one side to be avoided during pouring.
How to maximise wine storage
When planning your wine display or cellar, consider the best way to maximise storage without sacrificing design. Include a variety of wine racks, a sampling nook, a wine fridge and display cabinets. Wine bins are an intelligent addition to built-in designs as multiple bottles can be arranged together in a small space; furthermore, the bottles look attractive when displayed, especially alongside a tasting nook.
What is the best way to stock a wine fridge?
Firstly, don’t be tempted to overfill your wine fridge, as this could result in inconsistent temperatures and spoil your wines. Consider arranging the wines according to convenience; for example, those younger varietals or bottles you will reach for first in the most accessible spot in the fridge. If you are a keen collector, you could also arrange your wines according to the region they originate from and ordered by vintage. A wine fridge is a handy addition for controlling the conditions and climate that is ideal for wine, especially if you don’t have a climate-controlled cellar to store your bottles in.