Newport Beach is a city in Orange County, California, and is home to many wineries, vineyards, and wine events.  It is worth noting that many residents in the city venture into serious wine collecting because of the abundant wine sources, and the people’s innate love for wine.

For avid wine collectors, custom wine cellars are considered a necessary provision.  A wine cellar is worth investing in, because of the convenience, security, wine quality, and other benefits it offers.

Crystal Grove Residential Development - Custom Wine Cellar Project Site

Crystal Grove Residential Development – Custom Wine Cellar Project Site

We came across one wine collector from Crystal Grove Residential Development who needed a space to store his wines.  He had a small area at home that he wanted to convert into a wine storage facility.

Check out the Custom Wine Cellar Design Drawings

The space has the following dimensions:

  • Width: 7ft
  • Depth: 5ft
  • Height: 9ft

He contacted Vintage Wine Cellars, one of the best wine cellar builders in California.  He specifically wanted a functional and sophisticated custom wine cellar.

Vintage Wine Cellars started the project by consulting with the owners and then creating a wine cellar design.  Below are the drawings that the Vintage Wine Cellars design team created for this custom wine cellar Newport Beach CA project.

Wine Cellar Design - Plan View

Wine Cellar Design – Plan View

Wine Rack Design Elevation 2

Wine Rack Design Elevation 2

See the Attractive Combination of Wine Rack Designs

You can see in the drawings the different wine rack designs that the wine cellar builders combined to achieve a unique custom wine cellar.  These include:

  • Single bottle storage wooden wine racks
  • Horizontal storage with high reveal display row
  • Diamond bin cases
  • Rectangular bins
  • Arched tabletop

The single bottle storage wine racks has cubicles that can store 750mL bottles individually.  They have 3 ¾-inch openings that allow easy bottle access.  The edges of the bottle holders were hand-sanded, to protect wine labels from scratches.

Horizontal display storage is a great way to display special wines.  In this custom wine cellar Newport Beach CA project, the horizontal display storage features a high reveal display row.  It stores wine bottles in a 15-degree angle, which helps keep the cork moist and the bottle tightly sealed.

Horizontal Display Wine Storage with LED

Horizontal Display Wine Storage with LED

LED lighting was installed on the display row, to illuminate the wine bottles and make the wine labels readily visible.  With the angled position and LED lighting, the wines on the display row are getting the spotlight.

A tabletop with an archway was placed in the center of the custom wine cellar.  A beautiful grape painting was added for a personalized appeal.  For the lighting, a puck light was used.

Tabletop, Archway, Diamond Bins and Single Bottle Storage

Tabletop, Archway, Diamond Bins and Single Bottle Storage


The solid diamond bins are found at the bottom of the archway.  Here, the bottles are stored one on top of the other, making it ideal for bulk wine storage.

To maximize the storage space, rectangular bins were added on both sides of the closet.  This allowed for the clustering of wines based on variety, size, age, or origin.  Wine bottles of 1.5L or 3L sizes can be stored in rectangular bins.

The wooden wine racks are made of Premium Redwood, one of the best wood species used in the wine racking industry.  A dark walnut stain was applied to enhance the look of the wood’s surface.

This stunning custom wine cellar has a total storage capacity of 840 wine bottles.

Making this Custom Wine Cellar Truly Efficient

Wine Cellar Cooling System on the Ceiling

Wine Cellar Cooling System on the Ceiling

Wine rack designs are not the only determining factor in building an efficient custom wine cellar.  The temperature and humidity inside the cellar must also be considered.

To ensure the functionality of this custom wine cellar, Vintage Wine Cellars installed a fully ducted wine cellar cooling system from Wine Guardian.  The cooling system maintains the ideal wine cellar temperature and humidity.

It was installed in the attic that lay just above the wine room.  One ducting line system supplies cool air into the wine room, and another exhausts hot air outside the cellar.

The wine cellar cooling system is covered by a louvered grill that matches the wooden wine racks.

Completing the Look of the Wine Room

Stylish Barolo Wine Cellar Door

Stylish Barolo Wine Cellar Door

To complete the cellar, we installed a Barolo style glass wine cellar door.  It is dual-paned, with weather stripping and a concealed door bottom, to prevent the escape of cool air.  The wine cellar door was coated with a Chestnut wood stain, creating a striking contrast with the dark walnut-stained wooden wine racks.

Adding to the unique appearance of this custom wine cellar is the flooring; it is tiled, with lovely color patterns that harmonize with the color of the wooden wine racks.

Vintage Wine Cellars did an amazing job with this custom wine cellar Newport Beach CA project.  The owners were very pleased with the result.  Now, they can store 840 wine bottles, and enjoy the new look in their home.

If you plan to have your own custom wine cellar, just contact Vintage Wine Cellars.  You may also visit their webpage at