the Wine Storage Specialists

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.

Rules to wine Storage

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

    It’s all about location! Whether your collection is large or small, your wine has the best chance of survival if it’s stored in a dark, cool and relatively undisturbed environment.

    Sunlight will prematurely age a bottle of plonk. 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.

    What temperature is best you ask? It’s suggested that reds should be stored at 10-16 degrees C and whites at 7-10 degrees C, but most importantly, the temperature should remain consistent.

  • 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.

    If cellaring, store wine on its side! It’ll keep the cork from drying out and allowing air to enter the bottle, causing oxidation. And what about bottles with synthetic closures? They’re absolutely effective, but they haven’t been tested for long term wine storage so to be safe, keep your wine on its side.

  • 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.

Let’s find the perfect wine storage system for you

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.

By investing in a stackable or modular solution, you can expand your wine storage as your collection grows. Howards are cellar organisation experts, ask in-store for advice or if you’re in the market for a complete cellar fit out, simply ask us for a free design and quote.


NOOK has just two parts that continue to repeat themselves. So clever, so simple.

Innovation meets design with this fantastic modular wine storage solution designed to grow with your collection, as well as fit in your space.

Constructed from a quality brushed stainless steel with polymer bottle rests, NOOK can be purchased in Kits and you simply add as needed, with no tools, joiners or rocket science degrees required.

Ideal for use for against the wall, under the stairs display plus more, NOOK can have multiple configurations, depending on your space and needs.

NOOK will store over 100 wine bottles per M2 of wall space

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.

Precision moulded from strong, modern, engineering grade ABS polymer (a superior “plastic”) that allows assembly to a comfortable rack height of 40 pockets (4 metres).  Available in  in Black Silver or White.

Timber Cellar System 

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

Can be purchase by the pocket or as kits that can be connected together.

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

Comes with a  lifetime manufactures warranty.



Modularack is a unique Australian made solid timber winerack system that builds up in rows, which allows you to build a wine rack around your needs.

Manufactured from plantation grown Australian Pine, which is well known for being a unique hardwood that will not dent or turn yellow. These quality modular Wine Racks are ideal if you’re looking for something that is quick and easy to assemble. No tools required, and the pieces simply fit together in seconds.

Whether you are storing 12 or 12,000 wine bottles, Modularack are the most versatile and easily assembled system available.

Available in Matt Stain and Natural and in a range of widths and configurations.

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!

Fun Wine Facts

Once opened wine lasts approximately:

1-2 days for light whites (Riesling) and reds (Pinot noir), sparking and pinks

3-4 days for fuller bodied whites (Chardonnay) and reds (Shiraz) and sweet wines.

Red wine should be served at room temperature, so uncork red wines and decanter an hour before drinking to let your wine develop flavour.

If you want to chill white wine quickly, place your wine bottle in a bucket, half fill the bucket with ice / the other half water and add a good handful of salt to the water. Give it 10 minutes and the water will have dropped more than 10 degrees and chilled your wine accordingly. 

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