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A Guide to Wine Storage Options - Pros and Cons

April 12, 2021
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When it comes to storing wine, there are many options but not all of them are ideal for your collection. If you're serious about collecting and preserving your wine, you'll want to study up on all the options available and which one will work best for you. There are numerous options across various price points, which will play a huge role in your selection. We're going to give you a brief guide on the variety of options available and their pros and cons.


wineracks

Wine Racks

You can find a variety of wine racks styles, constructed of different materials, and with a variety of capacities. They are ideal for both storage and display but they don't preserve your wine because they offer no temperature, humidity, or UV light control. These factors can cause the breakdown of the delicate flavors of your wine and are difficult to control for in your home. Learn how to choose a wine rack in our article here.

Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Can be compact or mounted to a wall to save space
  • Requires little to no maintenance

Cons

  • No temperature control for preserving wine
  • No temperature control for serving wine
  • No humidity control
  • Requires you to maintain the temperature of your home to ensure proper preservation of wine costing you potentially more in air conditioning costs
  • Tend to be compact and typically not ideal for large wine collections

wineorbarcart

Wine/Bar Cart

An elegant way to entertain guests and store wine, a bar cart allows you to place your wine collection anywhere in your home. They are often compact and require little to no maintenance. You can wheel it around to your guests and move it out of the way when you're not using it. This is a compact storage solution for those who don't have a lot of space and a smaller collection.

Pros

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Portable and can be moved anywhere in the home
  • Compact and saves space
  • Requires little to no maintenance
  • Can hold both beverage bottles and glassware

Cons

  • No temperature control for preserving wine
  • No temperature control for serving wine
  • No humidity control
  • Requires you to maintain the temperature of your home to ensure proper preservation of wine costing you potentially more in air conditioning costs
  • Moving the car around will cause rattling and vibrations, which can affect the preservation of your wine
  • Limited capacity, not ideal for larger collections

winerefrigerator

Wine Refrigerators

This is our top choice for wine storage for preservation and serving. Wine refrigerators are specifically designed for protecting, preserving, and maintaining precise temperature for wine preservation. This is the most cost-effective means of preserving wine because it is engineered to have the ideal environment for wines to thrive and develop flavors over time.

The environmental control technology that wine refrigerators contain controls for the major environmental factors that greatly affect wine as it ages. Wine refrigerators inexpensively and effectively control for temperature, humidity, and UV light.

Pros

  • Fairly inexpensive
  • Can be portable and can be moved anywhere in the home or can be built into your home
  • Compact and saves space
  • A wide variety of sizes and styles
  • Requires minimal maintenance
  • Temperature controlled environment
  • Humidity controlled environment
  • UV tinted protective glass
  • Select your ideal temperature
  • Multiple zones
  • Shelves help minimize vibrations

Cons

  • Requires a larger space in the home to accommodate a wine refrigerator

winecellar

Wine Cellar

Wine cellars are a dream for many wine collectors because they are incredibly expensive, require a lot of money and resources to maintain, and require a lot of time to build. Wine cellars take a lot of time and planning to build out a properly temperature and humidity controlled environment that is ideal for preserving wine. This costly project isn't easily achieved on your own and will often require a construction professional or contractor to accomplish.

Pros

  • Can customize your wine storage to exactly what you want
  • Can store a very large collection
  • Can perfectly replicate the ideal environment for preserving wine

Cons

  • Very expensive to build
  • Very expensive to maintain
  • Requires a lot of land or space
  • Requires a contractor
  • Requires a lot of equipment to maintain ideal environment

Wine storage comes down to your needs and preferences. Those looking to preserve wines, as well as storing them, need specific equipment due to the delicate nature of wines. We further discuss the top 5 factors that ruin wine in our article here. From a functional decor piece to a wine preservation unit, our team can help you track down your perfect wine storage. Contact us at 800-710-9939.