Wine cellars are incredible addition to any home, providing places to store your prized wines as well as host wine-tasting events for your friends and family. Intended to protect the wine, wine cellars can guard against the three traditional enemies of wine in bottle: heat, dryness, and light. Good wine cellars keeps the wine at a fairly low temperature, with a decent amount of humidity, and in relative darkness. In addition, wine cellars protects against any drastic fluctuations in temperature or humidity, which can damage the wine very quickly. The term wine cellar is often used to describe anywhere meant to protect wine for a prolonged period of time, but should strictly refer to an actual below-ground cellar. A wine cellar that is above ground is more properly called a wine room, and the smaller wine fridges many people use in their homes are wine closets.
In most home wine cellars, wine can be stored on racks or in refrigeration units. Custom built racks are available from many wine suppliers, and can be quite beneficial when trying to organize wine collections. Have a good idea how many bottles the cellar will contain so orders can be accurate. For those looking to save money, pre-fab wine racks are often available from home supply stores and can be far less expensive than custom furnishings.