A few tips for proper wine storage

1 June 2020

Any wine fanatic already knows that this product stands out for its delicacy and the complexity of its aromas. However, delicacy also means fragility: in order to keep its flavor intact, wine has to be stored under very specific conditions.

Having your own wine reserve is a fantasy for many wine lovers. If this sounds like you, rest assured you can make this dream come true more easily than you think. In this article, you will find out everything you need to know to start your own wine collection, whatever your budget may be.

What are the ideal storage conditions for wine?

First of all, it is necessary to know the best conditions for storing wine in order to preserve its subtleties. With regard to temperature, it is important to avoid sudden changes. For proper storage, aim for 12 °C to 14 °C, but don’t worry if you aren’t able to maintain a perfectly stable temperature. As long as temperature variations remain slow and gradual and stay between 10 °C and 20 °C, your wine will not be affected.

If you wish to keep your bottles for many years, store them in a place with a humidity level between 65% and 75%. If humidity is under 65%, the cork could dry out and lead to wine oxidation. Light can also be harmful to the pigments in the wine. For this reason, you should store your bottles in a very dark place, like an unused closet or basement. 

If your home does not have any rooms that meet these conditions, we recommend that you purchase a wine cellar. This cabinet, specially designed for wine, will ensure that your bottles have an ideal humidity level and temperature, and will limit the amount of light coming in.

How to properly store your wine bottles

The answer to this question depends on the budget you are willing to invest in your wine reserve. The most important thing is to make sure that your bottles are stored lying down to prevent air from eventually penetrating the cork.

If you’re the DIY type, you could try to build your own wooden bottle racks. Otherwise, you can purchase a prefabricated bottle rack set.

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For more than 25 years, our business has specialized in the sale of products for wine lovers and tableware professionals. Our wine storage products come from the best brands and many top restaurants have entrusted us with the design of their professional wine cellars.

For all your wine cellar design needs, or simply for advice, please do not hesitate to contact us. In either case, it will be our pleasure to help you.