Wine Cellar Basics
If you are thinking about adding one of your own, follow these steps from Victor Trappe, owner of Cellars Limited:
Step #1--Climate-controlled or not?
Wine keeps longer stored at a consistent and appropriate temperature. But, if you are more of a wine consumer and less of a wine collector, climate-control is not as necessary. Here's an overview of appropriate temps:
Dry German Wines, Riesling=45 degrees
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc=48 degrees
Beaujolais, Rose=54 degrees
Rioja, Pinot Noir, Chianti, Zinfandel=61 degrees
Cabernet Sauvignon, Burgundy=63 degrees
Bordeaux, Shiraz=65 degrees
Step #2--Lay the groundwork.
If it is going to be climate-controlled, a vapor barrier, insulation and cooling unit need to be installed.
Step #3--Design the components.
Decide whether you want more of a practical, useful cellar or one with lots of design elements. Most people will be in-between, choosing one wall as a focal point and going from there.
Generally, the process takes 6 weeks, start to finish. Cost is determined on per-bottle space requirements. Basic unfinished redwood racks start at $5.50 per bottle space.
Thank you to Victor Trappe of Cellars Limited for this information.