The very mention of the term conjures up images and memories. From the centuries old underground caves used by the world’s finest vineyards to the 12 bottle under-counter cooler in your kitchen island.
Today the variety of cellars available are enormous.
We show you three of the best ways to start your collection:
1. WINE RACKS
Quantity: Half a case to 2000 bottles
Buying a rack is the simplest way to start a wine collection. These usually come as small prefabricated displays that hold a half or full case of wine. The other option is for larger designated spaces (see photo on the left). These modular racks can be stacked and store from tens to hundreds of bottles and/or cases.
2. WINE COOLERS
Quantity: 1 Case – 2000 bottles plus
These are integrated or standing indoor cabinets that maintain perfect cellaring conditions behind a glass door. They can be either single aspect (on left via Leibherr), where only one temperature can be maintained, or dual – ideal for keeping white and red wine at separate conditions. The most well known manufacturers of this option is EuroCave (on right).
3. THE WINE CELLAR
500 BOTTLES PLUS
This option is the by far the most dear. With prices starting from £5,000, this is for the serious collector only. As these are built bespoke to requirement the benefits are arguably unlimited. The market leader in the UK is Spiral Cellars, who specialise in sub ground cellars created beneath your house. The entry level here starts at around £7,000 and can hold between 650-700 bottles.
HOW TO FURNISH YOUR WINE CELLAR:
Once you have the basics of a wine cellar established, the next stage is selecting the appropriate serve ware. Here we break down the basic elements required to show off your collection:
The best way to show off your wine collection is to present correctly. Glassmakers Reidel have been around for over 250 years and produce some of the finest stemware in the business. Their new Superleggaro collection provides an elegant variety of shapes for each major wine type in your collection. A more contemporary option would be via Michael Anastassiandis (bottom), whose latest range is right on point.
A vital tool but one thats come in leaps and bounds from your simple ‘waiter’s friend.’ The options are numerous, but we like the G10 via le Cruset or if you want to be a little more traditional, Oneo via L’ Atelier du Vin.
Displaying the wine at a dinner party is a great way to pay homage to your carefully chosen vintage. A few years ago our friends at David Linely developed one for port with a rounded bottom, enforcing the age old rule that you should never return the carafe to the table. Alas they don’t make this anymore, but they do make this great Captain’s Decanter. If this is too decorative for your liking, then this more minimal version from William Yeowood is another great choice.
Wine Preservation Tool:
One of the more irritating issues facing those with a great wine collection is being able to have just a glass of wine without having the entire bottle going to waste. Thankfully this dilemma has been solved by the invention of a device that allows you to do just this. Having gained the approval of the celebrated wine critic Robert Palmer, Cordavin have produced a device that allows you to have that glass of Leoville Barton at your own leisure.