How to Store Wine Bottles

Nov 25th 2019

How to Store Wine Bottles

There are five factors that affect a wines flavor when storing bottles, temperature, humidity, light, and oxidation. When storing wine remember that exposure to oxygen can open the flavor and aroma when you are about to consume it, but also contact with oxygen can ruin the wine’s taste. The rest of the article will be about learning how to store wine bottles properly.

Temperature

Wine bottles should be stored in a cool room with a temperature around 13˚ Celsius or 55˚ Fahrenheit. This temperature should remain constant, because a warmer temperature can speed up the wine’s aging process. In addition to a low temperature remember to store your wine bottles in a dry place that is not humid.

Humidity

Humidity should be considered as well. If you store your wine bottles in a place that is extremely dry it will cause the cork to dry out and crumble when the bottle is opened. The most favorable humidity for wine storage is 55 to 65 percent.

Light

Light is a very important factor when considering wine bottles storage. Whether it is light from lamps or sunlight, wine bottles should not be stored in an area that receives too much light. This is because light can break down and damage the compounds found in wine.

Wine Storage Cabinets

Wine storage cabinet control humidity and temperature, they look like fridges and offer the optimal storage conditions. You can also install a spiral cellar. If you love storing wines, you may want to rent cellar space from a local wine merchant.

There are facilities that offer individual lockers with alarm systems where you can store your wine bottles. These lockers are equipped with on-site surveillance cameras and security guard to ensure the safety of your wine bottles. Wine storage facilities should have durable shelves that are bolted securely to walls and floors to protect the wine bottles from earthquakes and other accidents. Storage facilities with back-up systems give you extra assurance that your wines will be kept at the proper temperature even during a power interruption.

There are racks with compact designs that can fit on counter tops and stackable towers that can be placed on the floor. If your collection of wine is growing, these stackable towers are perfect for you. Wooden wine racks made of oak, mahogany or pine are also becoming more popular.

In general, wine bottles should be stored in a cool place away from direct light. Storing wines in a horizontal position is also recommended so that the cork remains moist all the time. Now that you know the four factors of wine preservation you can ensure that your wines last longer.