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Why Keeping Your Wine Cellar Cool Matters

Most people with wine cellars are connoisseurs and quite knowledgeable in relation to proper wine storage. But if you find yourself in the happy position of having just acquired a home that has a wine cellar, then you better not let such a room go to waste. Stock it with fine wine that you can enjoy along with your new home.

First things first, however, so before you go off on a wine shopping spree, learn as much as you can so that you end up with a fine collection of properly stored bottles of wine and a worthy wine cellar that’s put to good use.

To begin with, you should know that not many wines on the market conform to the notion that wine gets better with age. The fact is that most wines are best enjoyed within just a couple years after their release. If you intend to go the distance and invest in wines to mature, you should look into installing professional-grade storage.


For regular wine to store in your cellar, keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • Always keep your cellar cool. Heat does terrible things to wine, aging it and even “cooking” it when it gets too hot. You sadly end up with flat aromas and flavours. Make sure that your cellar’s temperature always ranges between 7 and 18 degrees Celsius with 12.5 degrees Celsius usually cited as closest to the perfect temperature.
  • Don’t go overboard. A warm cellar is bad, but so is an overly cool one. Never store your wine where it could freeze. Like any liquid, when wine turns to ice, it usually expands, and it could do so enough to pop the cork out.
  • Avoid abrupt and extreme shifts in temperature. Letting wine experience a rapid and drastic change in temperature or frequent temperature swings could be even more disastrous. You’re courting all kinds of wine destruction with such a stunt. Temperature fluctuations can cook flavours as well as expand and contract liquid, causing an uncorking or seepage. All these amount to wasted wine.
  • Keep humidity level at 70 per cent. This is the ideal, although some experts aver that anywhere between 50 per cent and 80 per cent should be safe. Remember that if the air is too arid, the cork could dry out and let air into the bottle, spoiling the wine; too damp, and mould could start breeding – not in a properly sealed bottle, of course, but labels could be damaged. Thankfully, a dehumidifier provides a simple solution to this problem.

Applying the above tips will ensure that you can always surface from your wine cellar with a good bottle of wine to enjoy.

We at P & M Coppack Air Conditioning can provide different solution for most types for wine cellars using manufactures like Airwell and Panasonic.

It’s also a good idea to monitor your cellar for temperature and humidity can supply a system from Sensorist, that continually records the cellar temperature and humidity but also records the temperature of the wine in the bottle.

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