Top 5 Considerations When Cellaring Wine

Wine cellars come in many shapes and sizes as does the wine that resides within them. The way we store our wine really comes down to how much we need to store and how often we need to access the collection.

The Ultimate Wine Collection

The thing to remember is that like milk, wine can spoil; and it’s variances in temperature and light that will increase the likelihood of spoilage.

Sure a cellar is a nice place to show off your collection but the fundamental purpose of a cellar is to protect your bottles. Get it right and you will essentially enhance the flavours within your stash.

Cellarstak cupboard

Pictured: Cellarstak Rack

home storage for wine

Wine Storage doesn’t need to be extravagant to serve its purpose.

Pictured: Winestak

These are our Top 5 considerations to cellaring the right way…

1. No heat. No dampness. No bright lights.

Sunlight will prematurely age a bottle of plonk so make sure that wherever you choose to store your wine that it’s a cool, dark and airy place. Consistency is key. For those that are cellaring corked bottles, a higher humidity helps to prevent corks from shrinking.

2. Wine is a living thing

It breathes, matures, reaches its prime and eventually spoils. One of the great joys of collecting wine is to know exactly when to drink it. You see, wine is constantly changing; the delicate liquid inside is so responsive to light and other elements that it needs care and a certain level of attention.

3. To cellar or not?

Naturally some white wines are designed to age (think Riesling, Semillon and Chardonnay) but there are others created for near to immediate consumption. And red wine; well, these can be consumed immediately but they’d prefer time in the bottle to synchronize; whatever red you choose, all reds will benefit from time in the bottle.

4. Vibration is a no no.

Carefully consider where you store your wine; because vibration (more often felt within a high traffic area; rooms such as the laundry or by moving bottles from pillar to post) disturbs the sediment that would normally fall to the bottom of the bottle as it’s formed. Once you’ve placed your wine in your cellar, keep it there until you’re ready to drink it.

 5. There’s good reason to cellar your wine

First and foremost it can only enhance your wine (when done correctly!); but even more so, having a ready made supply of good quality wines that taste great on hand, is the ultimate way to celebrate a special occasion, ideal for when friends unexpectedly drop in or when you simply want to enjoy a quiet Saturday night in with a good drop.

Recommended Storage Systems


CellarStak is available in 10, 30 and 50 pocket (module) system packs that allow you to design and build almost any size or configuration of wine rack! Rack layouts and sizes are only limited by your imagination. The unique single pocket concept allows custom assembly and shaping of the rack to make maximum use of the available space. A top plate is available to purchase separately. This handy item is used to close the top of any open pockets, particularly those across the top of the rack! To use, simply place this top plate on the top of your Cellarstak to create a flat surface that will support the full length of the bottles stored; and will also double as a surface to store wine accessories.

wine rack solution

Casa Mia 9 Bottle Wall Mounted Wine Rack

For a stylish way to present those nice bottles of wine, you can’t go past the 9 Bottle Wall Mounted Wine Rack in silver. Elegant and remarkably strong, this product will add a touch of sophistication to any cellar, kitchen or living area. With a luxurious silver finish and streamlined design, your wine collection will be transformed into an easy to access modern feature. Wine bottles nest horizontally within each rack.

Wine StackRack

Custom design your own wine cellar in minutes with our Wine StackRack (6 bottle x 3 pack). Elegant and remarkably strong, this modular product has a luxurious chrome finish and versatile design. This pack includes three levels of storage, (each level holds six bottles), that simply click together. More packs can be added to create additional layers, depending on your individual needs. Complete with a wall fixing kit this is an incredibly versatile wine storage solution.

Wine stackrack 12 piece


This custom build wine storage system is effective and stylish; combining the attractive, natural look of wood, with the sophistication and strength of steel.

The best part of all is that it can grow with your collection!

For cellar fit-outs, ask in-store for our free design, measure and quote service.

No matter if your wine collection is big or small, Howards has a wine storage solution to suit your needs!

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Accurate as at July 2016.