For any wine enthusiast, building a personal wine cellar is the dream to strive for. Here are tips for building your own home wine cellar to achieve that dream.

Whether you casually enjoy wine or have the most extensive collection, any wine enthusiast has dreamed of building a perfect at-home wine cellar.

If you’ve finally gotten the opportunity to undertake such a project, you’ll love these tips for building your own home wine cellar. By keeping these tips in mind, you’ll ensure your cellar has the optimal conditions for short-term and long-term wine storage.

Picking the perfect location

When most people think of wine cellars, their first thought is often of a dungeon-esque basement cellar. Luckily, you have many more options these days in terms of placement. While basements are still suitable, considering their cool temperature and humidity, many people prefer their wine cellar to be more convenient and less ominous.

Whether in your kitchen, dining room, or living room, your wine cellar can become a part of your interior décor that shows off your collection to guests.

The flexibility of location, however, is thanks to modern technology, such as wine cellar cooling systems.

Installing a cooling system

If you don’t build your wine cellar in a basement, then the most important tip for building your own home wine cellar will be the careful consideration of your wine cellar cooling system.

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A wine cooling system is specialized to provide optimal cool temperatures without eradicating the humidity within the cellar as a normal A/C unit would.

When choosing a system, you’ll typically have three options: Through-the-wall systems, ducted systems, and split systems.

Through-the-wall systems are self-contained and mounted wall units perfect for small cellars but struggle to cool larger wine cellars. Because they’re self-contained, installing and repairing these systems is incredibly easy.

Ducted and split cooling systems are a bit more complex but cover a wider area and produce far less noise and vibration than through-the-wall units. When choosing the right cooling system, consider the needs of your wine cellar and the features each type of system can provide you.

Customizing the design

Another great tip to keep in mind is that you can design your wine cellar however you like, allowing you to add a touch of personality to your cellar.

You can choose from traditional designs, modern aesthetics, or combine the two for a more contemporary design.

Glass wine cellars are great if your goal is to show off your wine collection to anyone who visits your home. Furthermore, you’ll be able to choose the wine racks that best display your wines and make your bottles into a true spectacle.

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