Are wine cellars cold?
Yes, wine cellars are cold, but not freezing. The ideal temperature range is between 50- and 60-degrees Fahrenheit, with 55◦F largely regarded as the perfect temperature for a wide variety of wines.
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Aside from the cold, there are a few other factors to consider when cellaring wine:
- The ideal humidity range for a wine cellar is 50-70%. This will ensure the corks stay moist without causing mold inside the cellar. Use a hygrometer inside your cellar to ensure you are within the proper range.
- Bottles need to be stored horizontally so that the wine is always touching the cork. If the cork should become too dry and porous, you run the risk of seepage and the cork crumbling.
- Wine does not age well when exposed to UV rays. Keep your wine in the dark.
- Lighting inside your cellar, wine cooler, or wine cabinet should be bright enough for you to view your bottles, but gentle enough to prevent damage. LED, red colored bulbs, or cellophane covered lighting are good options for a cellar.
- Odors can easily seep into a wine cellar, so try to use only natural cleaners inside your cellar and avoid storing harmful chemicals anywhere near your wine.
- You will need sturdy racking and possibly bulk storage space.
- Have a security system in place. This may be a lock on the door or a home security system that is monitored by a third party. Keep careful inventory of your wine so you will know what is missing if a bottle should go missing.
- You may also find you prefer more than one storage option. For example, you may find you need a wine cellar to store the bulk of your collection plus a wine refrigerator to store your favorites at serving temperature.