If you are a wine aficionado, you know your wines. And you also know that to keep them in the best condition, you need to have the right storage solution. Today, people around the world who love their wine are choosing to have custom wine cellars built and installed in their homes.
Wine cellars can be designed in different styles and shapes, and various materials can be used in their construction. They are temperature and humidity-controlled and are free from vibrations, direct sunlight, and strong odors. This becomes the perfect environment for cellaring wines.
Materials Used in Wine Cellars and Wine Cellar Racks
The type of wine racking system you choose depends on various aspects such as the design and style of your basement/cellar, the aesthetics you want to maintain, your budget and preferences. Some popular wine rack materials include:
- Wooden Wine Racks — Mahogany, Redwood, and Pine. Custom-designed wine racks look sophisticated and classic and are perfect for holding different types of wine bottles. The finish you choose for the wood will determine what the final appearance of the racks and other woodwork in the cellar will be. You can select from finishes like Chestnut stain, matte lacquer, decorative archtop, crown, etc.
- Metal — If your wine cellar design is more modernistic, metal wine racks may be a better choice as they will fit in well with the overall aesthetic of the space. You can choose from rectangular bins, magnum wine storage, diamond bins, well-configured display rows, or ladder racking systems.
- Industrial style — This style too fits in with the modern design aesthetic. Industrial style racking systems are usually made of metal. However, they may also be made from a combination of materials such as metal and timber, metal and glass, etc.
When it comes to wine racks, you can also choose from options such as multi-sized ladder racking spaces, cascade racks, and customized displays. Adding LED lighting can create a stunning display in your custom wine cellar.
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Different Types and Brands of Premium Red and White Wines
There are a variety of wines that belong in a wine cellar, and many different wine producers make these wines in different varietals. The types of grapes and the process used to make the wine will decide what the color, flavor, notes, etc. of wine will be. Some of the most popular white wine grapes are Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc.
These are the most popular red wine grape varieties – Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot noir. Some wines are made only with a specific grape varietal, while others are a blend.
Some of the Best Wines
Here we take a look at some of the premium wines from around the world that wine aficionados, connoisseurs, collectors, and investors are stocking in their wine cellars:
- Domaine de La Romanée-Conti Burgundy Côte de Nuits Red 2000 ($4,500)
- Pétrus Bordeaux 2005 ($3,200)
- Château Latour Bordeaux Pauillac 1982 ($2,500)
- Krug French Champagne Vintage 1988 ($2,200)
- Château Lafite Rothschild Bordeaux Pauillac 2003 ($1,299)
- Quintarelli Giuseppe Italian Amarone 2003 ($1,200)
- Château Cheval Blanc Bordeaux Saint-Émilion 1990 ($1,000)
- Château Margaux Bordeaux Margaux 2010 ($850)
- Château d’Yquem Bordeaux Sauternes 2001 ($800)
- Masseto Tuscan Red 2005 ($699)
- Scarecrow Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ($695)
- Vega Sicilia Spanish Ribera Del Duero Red 1995 ($480)
- Hundred Acre Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 ($479)
- Soldera Tuscan Red 2006 ($475)
- Hundred Acre Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($439)
- Château La Mission Haut-Brion Bordeaux Pessac-Léognan 1989 ($329)
- Taylor’s Portuguese Port 1968 ($250)
- Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend 2002 ($229)
- Frank Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Patriarch 2014 ($225)
The best wine list changes each year, and the wine prices too vary based on where you are buying them.■
Article Revision: 1.0 - June 21, 2019
Article Revision: 1.1 - April 25, 2021