For wine lovers, a full wine cellar is a must-have. Whether it's actually in the cellar of a classic home or just part of the spare room in your house, your wine cellar is sure to be the place you go to partake of all your delicious vintages.
If you're looking to create a classic wine cellar fit for classic bottles, these are three steps to take to make the work easy and fulfilling.
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Wine cellars do have some important environmental and space requirements, so get these out of the way first.
The ideal temperature depends on the wines, brews, or other alcohol being stored. Smaller wine storage areas may benefit from two or three wine refrigerators that can keep things like reds and white wines at separate temperatures and ready to serve. While many experts feel that around 55 degrees is ideal for most wine, bottles of white wine tend to call for more chilling than other varieties.
Valuable bottles should have more protection from the elements as well as security. Create an area that doesn't get direct sunlight and has individual storage units with fall protection. If you house expensive bottles, you may also want to upgrade the general home security as well as access to the wine storage facility itself.
Choose a Theme
Before choosing specific furnishings and racks for your wine, decide what the theme and style will be. If you have a particular affinity for certain regions - like France's Bordeaux or the Chianti area of Italy - consider a style reminiscent of that area.
How can you accomplish this? Start with the traditional decor style of the region - something easy for lovers of French or Italian wines, for instance.
If you prefer the unpretentious Napa Valley, California, wines, choose a distinctly Western style. You may want to choose this style for decoration with a nod to the hilly, coastal nature of the wine region. Look for Western art, depictions of the California wine country's landscapes, or plaques and memorabilia from your favorite area wineries.
You could also look into the history of the wine or the culture that produced the wine. The California wines, for example, come from a history of independence and ruggedness. Build on this theme with art and decor from the early days of California's history. Or use it as inspiration to showcase your own personality and wine style with unique art choices and a collection of your own wine favorites on display.
Opt for Vintage Pieces
The easiest way to decorate your traditional wine cellar is with traditional furniture and artwork. With your thematic choice in hand, peruse the offerings at antique stores to find vintage wine glasses, decanters, chilling buckets, and serving ware that work with your preferred type of wines.
Add complementary antique tables, chairs, and stools for the tasting area. Another easy find is chic, classic lighting such as floor lamps, table lamps, lanterns, and hanging pendant lamps. All these will add immediate ambiance to the tasting room without any extra work. If necessary, consider repurposing some pieces, such as decorative sideboards, into storage for bottles or serving areas.
When broken down into these three steps, creating your own traditional wine storage space isn't as hard as it may seem. Once you take care of the environmental needs, find inspiration for your theme, and use existing pieces, you can make the space of your dreams no matter how small or large it is.
Stop by our vast showroom of antiques at Regan Lewis Antiques to find the perfect pieces to get started on your wine cellar today.