3 tips to make a wine cellar at home
By Humberto Ramírez Urdaneta
One of the dreams of a wine lover is to have their own wine cellar at home, so here are some recommendations for you to enjoy this exquisite pleasure.
Insulation is key. While an insulation value of R-25 is suggested for traditional cold rooms, in the case of a wine cellar you just need an R value of 16, but this is a point you must discuss with your contractor.
Consider light, humidity and temperature. In a wine cellar humidity must remain between 50% and 80%, and with a low temperature that doesn’t fluctuate much and in small ranges to store the wine safely. This is done with humidifiers or dehumidifiers, as well as integral systems of temperature and humidity control. Search for professional assessment to select the best option. Make sure that the wine cellar does not receive direct sunlight.
Distribute the space well. First you need shelves that allow bottles to be stored horizontally, and, if possible, either most labels to be visible, or easily accessible. Furthermore, you should make some space to put the daily wine horizontally, which have lids of materials different from cork, that don’t need the liquid to be in contact with them.
Here you can find out all the different aspects of keeping wine at home: