Are you building your wine collection and considering which type of storage would be best? If you are a serious collector, you have come to the right place. We’ve compiled an in-depth study of different types of storage and the differences between built-in and freestanding wine storage. If you are serious about wine and consider yourself a connoisseur, you should probably start thinking about the best storage option for savoring and aging your precious collection.
In this post we outline the differences between built-in and recessed wine storage, just to assist you in making this very important decision! Let’s take a look at what built-in storage has to offer:
Built-in storage for a wine collection holds many advantages. If you are very serious about collecting fine wine and having it in a controlled environment with the perfect temperature for aging purposes, this should be the way to go.
You can a mini-cellar built, which is perfect if you have a very large collection or if you are planning on investing in the hobby of wine collection. An underground cellar will keep the bottles at the perfect temperature and free from any unnecessary movement. If you wish to keep them for a long period of time, a cellar should be the safest bet.
You can also have a wine fridge built into your kitchen. This is perfect for newbies who have a small collection but wish to expand it over the course of a couple of months. Even though space is limited, it is neat and out of the way, looks professional, and it will keep your collection perfect for the time that you will be storing them there.
This could be stored in a wine rack or a cupboard. Take note that for best storage purposes the bottles should keep perfectly still and that space (whether it is open on a counter or in a cupboard) around the bottles should be plenty. This will ensure the perfect ventilation, making for the best ‘aged’ taste, even if it is just a couple of months.
Freestanding storage may limit you and you will not be able to save your collection for years on end. The longest a bottle of wine can be stored in this manner, without going rancid, is about 12 months. You are able to purchase a freestanding refrigerator for your collection, but this will never be able to be built into your kitchen as these appliances do not cater for ventilation.
Ventilation, temperature, and movement are key components when aging wine. You should weigh up all your options and think about what your storage needs are. If you are simply looking for a place to stick the bottles, free-standing should be the way to go. If however, you want to age your bottles and build on an expanded collection, rather consider a built-in storage option.
How big is your wine collection? Do you have a better idea of what type of storage would suit your needs best? We hope our article helped you in making this important decision!