Choosing A Wine Rack

One of the most important steps of buying a wine rack is deciding which variety would best suit your needs. If you’re thinking about a wine rack in the first place, than it is obvious you care about your wine and how it will be stored. As a result, you’ll want to choose the very best rack for your particular needs!

If you’re thinking about storing only a few bottles of wine at a time, a hanging wine rack could be your best choice. Even in the tightest of spaces, a hanging wine racks can offer a compact and aesthetically pleasing way to store your wine. A typical hanging wine rack will hold 4-8 bottles. We offer a few in our catalog including this lovely Vertical Grapevine Wine Rack.

On the other hand, if you need a wine rack that would hold more bottles than that, than a large standing wine rack would be better suited for your purposes. Besides offering a wide variety of pre-made racks, we can work with you to design a custom cellar in your home or to craft a single rack that will fit into even the most oddly shaped room.

At Wine Racks.com, we offer two lines of modular wine racks, the Advantage Series and the Premium Series racks. Both racks are constructed of the same substantial components, differing only in height, depth and wood choice.

Our Advantage Series Cellar Racks has many of the advantages of our custom racking while being practical and affordable. Advantage Series racking is available in both cedar and mahogany, is built to a height of 72″ as well as a half-height line at 39″ and has a depth of 10 7/8″ for sturdy storage. This racking will store up to a champagne size bottle and is easy to assemble with the provided hardware and instructions.

Our Premium Series racking is available in Mahogany and eco-friendly Lyptus; is built to a height of 77 1/4″ and a depth of 12″ to fully support your wine bottles. These racks have “custom” features like a display angle in the individual bottle racking to show off the labels of your special bottles. Coordinating cabinetry pieces, crown molding and toe kick allow you to create a true “built-in” look for your cellar.

Each species of wood is moisture tolerant, pest resistant and do not require a finish to be durable and attractive for a lifetime.

Of course, no matter what type of rack you choose, there are some tried and true rules that can affect every storage option.

Most experts recommend an average temperature of 55°F for all wine storage. Cooler temperatures won’t necessarily damage your wine but it will slow its development. On the flip side, a temperature of 65°F or more will certainly have a negative effect on your wine the longer it’s stored at that rate.

The ideal humidity in your wine cellar should be 60-70%. A high humidity, which is categorized as 80% or more, may cause mold to form on the corks and bottles. In addition, the ideal long term wine storage should avoid heat, direct light, and vibration. Wine that is exposed to vibrations, changing temperatures and constant light will not age correctly. Odors can also affect the taste of your wine so take into account the paints, varnishes and natural fumes in the room where you’ll be storing your wine.

In the same vein, wines should not be stored on top of one another, but each bottle should have its own space in the wine rack. This will allow sediment to settle best.

In the end, a wine cellar is honestly the best location for wine storage. The biggest misconception though is you need to be rich or have a palatial sized house in order to have a wine cellar.

In fact, in most modern homes, the cellar-like place can be a large closet, a walk-in pantry, a converted basement or a specially constructed corner of a room. With the right design, almost any space can become your own personal wine celler.

Let us help you design a wine rack or cellar today!