Places to put Wine Cellars
Wine cellars should be stored in a dark place.
Wine should not be subjected to vibration.
Wine will only keep and age gracefully where the temperature is constant.
Your cellar can be a space within your house or adjacent building. It can be anything from a small cupboard to a well designed underground cavern or it can be a free standing wine storage cabinet.
At least some of your wine should be stored close to where you are going to drink it. A cellar too far from where you are enjoying your wine fails to provide all the pleasures it should.
A professional wine storage service can be used, providing you have a wine cellar into which those wines brought home can be stored.
What wines should be placed in wine cellars
All wine coming into your home should be placed in your cellars
Some wine will be opened soon after recovery from travel or within a few months. However some will be stored for many years.
Much is made of the question of which grape varieties should be cellared for longer periods. In the end it comes down to your taste. To start with follow general recommendations but work on developing your own tastes and rules.
Wines which may show the greatest benefit from longer storage include – Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Riesling, Semillon and fortified wines.
Wines which are traditionally opened before extended aging include – Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Merlot, Chianti, Malbec, Beaujolais.
If you are unsure of how long a wine should be held in wine cellars, refer to the winemaker through the notes on the bottle or by contacting the winery