Custom Wine Cellars Orange County All Glass Contemporary – A Processed Video Transcription

Custom Wine Cellars Orange County All Glass Contemporary

Here is a project in Newport Beach, started and completed in 2014.  The room is roughly 16 feet wide, by 5 feet deep, by 9 feet high.

A unique aspect of this custom wine cellar is that the customer wanted all glass front.  They also wanted a fully ducted system.  However, there is not sufficient attic space to have such a system.

All Glass Front Custom Wine Cellar Design

All Glass Front Custom Wine Cellar Design

In the wine cellar design, the customer requested a mix of traditional wine racking with a modern feel.  The traditional wine racking here will be a Sapele Mahogany with a walnut stain mixed with a modern stainless steel rod for all of these horizontal displays throughout the wine cellar design.

Traditional and Modern Wine Racking Styles

Traditional and Modern Wine Racking Styles

Here’s a wine cellar cooling system that will cover a 10,000BTU SLD Slimline Coil.  As you can see in the wine cellar design, we have full pull out case storage here.  We also decanter and other display as well as an archway.

SLD Wine Cellar Cooling System

SLD Wine Cellar Cooling System

We have a mirror behind.  Solid diamond bins are on the right hand wall.  Here’s a picture of the SLD wine cellar cooling system, without the cover.

One of the nice aspects of this wine cellar design is the custom designed wrought iron wine cellar doors with two solid glass panels, and two center doors.

Wrought Iron Wine Cellar Doors

Wrought Iron Wine Cellar Doors

Here’s a look at the completed product.  As you can see, there’s a custom rolling library ladder, and here’s a close up look at the stainless steel metal rods used to add a modern feel.

Custom Wine Cellar Orange County - The Final Look

Custom Wine Cellar Orange County – The Final Look

Here’s your library ladder, the solid diamond bins, full pull out case storage here, and here. Your stainless steel rods in the design.

Here’s a front look of the wine cellar to give you a good look at the archway with the side columns.  Here’s a final look of the custom wine cellar and custom wrought iron wine cellar doors designed by Vintage Wine Cellars.

Vintage Wine Cellars California

Vintage Wine Cellars California

If you would like us to design your wine cellar, please call Vintage Cellar at 800-876-8789.  You can email us at  If you would like to see more examples of our works, visit us at

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

What Should You Know about Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club?

The addition of a sophisticated wine enclave to a commercial layout can greatly enhance the aesthetic quality of the space.  It will provide proper climate conditions for storing and showcasing different varieties of wines.  A perfectly designed and constructed wine cellar will not only provide the maximum wine storage capacity, but also ease of bottle identification.

Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club Orange County CA

Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club Orange County CA

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars recently finished installing a wine cellar in one of Southern California’s finest country clubs.  The project involved creating a climate controlled wine storage space that can hold a total of 1,380 bottles.  The Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club wine cellar measures 11’ wide, 2’ deep, and 9’ tall, and features seamless ½” tempered glass walls, as well as floor to ceiling metal wine racking.

The Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club is a private 36-hole country club located in Orange County, California.  The country club has a 44,000 square foot clubhouse that can host wedding receptions, business meetings, and other private events.  The club recently added a spa and sports club building that houses a fitness center and a full-service spa.

What are the Design Features of the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club Wine Cellar?

The Wine Rack Display

A wine rack display is an important component of cellaring wines.  They are designed to provide space for storing, organizing, and displaying wine collections.  Vintage View metal wine racks are the racking of choice for the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club wine enclosure project.  This metal wine rack display creates a stunning showcase of different wine labels, and at the same time complements any contemporary-themed interior.

The Elegant Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club with their Wine Display

The Elegant Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club with their Wine Display

Vintage View metal wine racks are designed to facilitate a label forward orientation of wine bottles.  This feature promotes ease of product recognition, allowing for quick perusal and selection of wine labels.  In addition, a horizontal placement of bottles helps secure the cork’s sealing quality, by maintaining constant contact with the wine.

The wine rack display design for the clubhouse consists of label forward horizontal display,, in a three deep configuration.  Triple depth wine racks can accommodate three bottles laterally, increasing the total bottle capacity of the wine enclosure.  A presentation row that runs the length of the wine racking system provides a slightly tilted area, where the finest wine bottles are put on display.

Tempered Glass Panel

Coto Golf Club Front Side Complete

Coto Golf Club Front Side Complete

The Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club wine cellar is enclosed in seamless 1/2″ tempered glass panels, providing a striking view of the wine storage room’s interior from different angles.  Tempered glass is ideal for all kinds of applications, since the material is built with safety and strength in mind.  This glass minimizes the risk of injury, because it is designed to shatter into circular pebbles rather than jagged shards.

One can access the different wine bottles through three sets of glass doors.  Commercial duty pivot hinges with self-closing features are used to mount the heavy doors.

The Wine Cellar Cooling System

Wine Guardian Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Installation

Wine Guardian Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Installation

For the Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club wine cellar project, Coastal Custom Wine Cellars installed a wine cellar cooling system that was designed and manufactured by Wine Guardian, out of New York.  The model D088 is a self-contained, fully-ducted air handler system, that can efficiently cool an area from 1,500 to 6,000 cubic feet.

Custom Wine Cellar Construction

Custom Wine Cellar Construction

Typically, people just stack bottles of wine on a counter top or have them cooled in the chiller; but, in actuality, wine requires the correct storage settings, and a common kitchen cupboard or refrigerator is not enough.

During wine cellar construction, you should focus on functionality, while making up your mind on the many things to be considered during brainstorming wine cellar design ideas.

How often do you want to stay in your wine cellar?

How do you want the space to look?

Do you intend to receive guests in your wine room?

These and a lot more questions are significant to your wine cellar design.  One option to properly house your wine collection is in your basement, which is just perfect for a wine cellar renovation.  Here are some tips on how you can convert and have your very own custom wine cellar.

Control the Setting

Wine Cellar Cooling System

Wine Cellar Cooling System

Invest in a wine room with a wine cellar cooling system.  This system type keeps a constant and perfect balance between the humidity and the temperature, which other conventional systems do not do.

If you want your wine to maintain its full flavor through time, you should invest in methods for your wine cellar temperature control.

Temperature is inarguably among the most important factors to consider when thinking of wine cellar design ideas, because it can greatly affect the quality of wines.

If the temperature gets too warm, wine will age at a faster rate, which will adversely affect its flavour and taste.

Also, a temperature that’s too warm increases the pressure inside the wine bottle, which will cause the wine to lose its gleam.

Add Proper Insulation

Aside from wine cellar refrigeration systems, you can also maintain the wine cellar temperature through insulation.  However, you need to consult a professional to assess your geographic position and what type of insulation is needed for your custom wine cellar in your location.

Maximize the Space

Wine Cellar Design Ideas

Wine Cellar Design Ideas

You don’t need to convert the whole room into a custom wine cellar. If you’re short on space, consider renovating a designated area. If you have signed a contract with a company for the wine cellar construction, add in your own wine cellar design ideas from the beginning of the project, so the professionals will know what you want, what you need, and what fits in your budget.

Also, don’t forget to furnish them the dimensions of the room or just a part of the room to renovate into a wine cellar. This should include the width, the height, the floor area and the doors.

Decide on the Overall Look

Include in the design for your renovation the wine cellar accessories to use. If you want a contemporary aesthetic, opt for stainless wine cellar supplies. On the other hand, a natural finish is also a good idea. For this, pick wine cellar accessories made of wood, such as walnut, cypress or mahogany.

Don’t Forget the Lighting

For cost-effective lighting, pick bulbs with standard line-voltage tracks. They’re also dimmable with the use of a standard dimmer, and the light quality is close to that of a halogen lamp.

Invest in Wine Cellar Accessories

Aside from racks, you will also need wine cellar supplies and equipment that will organize and regulate your wine room.

For humidity regulation, install a humistat during wine cellar construction. This de-humidifier will regulate your wine cellar’s relative humidity. Conversely, you also need a hydrometer paired with it to read and measure the relative humidity, to make it easier for you to control and set the standard humidity for your collection.

Custom Wine Cellar Innovations

Custom Wine Cellar Innovations

To regulate light, you will need an overhead lighting fixture, so you can see when you are in your custom wine cellar. Opt for a softer light, like incandescent, rather than using fluorescent, to minimize the disturbance to your wine collection.

To control the temperature, install an AC or heating unit and a thermostat during the wine cellar renovation, especially if you are located in an area with volatile climate.

To avoid any odor from penetrating the corks and ruining your wines, make sure that during wine cellar renovation the area will be well-ventilated. Regulating the temperature will keep the air moving, while a fully ventilated storage area with vents and fans will regulate airflow into a wine cellar.

Wine Cellar Accessories

Wine Cellar Accessories

Other wine cellar accessories that you may need are a decanter or aerator for your red wines and a wine air removal pump or stopper for corking of unfinished bottles so they do not stale. If your collection increases, or if you plan on increasing it, consider having a foil cutter, a wine tote for travel, a drip ring to avoid spoilage when pouring, and a wine cooler sleeve or bucket, maybe made of marble or stainless steel, for the table.

Getting started on a home wine room is much less complicated than most people would think.  This recently completed Laguna Beach residential wine cellar California project by Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Builders demonstrates how a storage room can easily be converted into a climate controlled wine storage space.

The room was originally used by the client to store several refrigerated wine cabinets, along with some boxes and wine bottles.  Read on to learn the major wine cellar design features of this custom wine cellar conversion project.

Proper Wine Cellar Cooling and Insulation

CellarPro Wine Cellar Coolign System

CellarPro Wine Cellar Coolign System

An actively cooled wine room functions like a large refrigerator.  Proper wine cellar cooling and insulation are necessary to achieve the best possible storage environment.

Wine cellar installers applied insulation, vapor barriers, and moisture proof drywall to the wall cavities.  These construction prerequisites are essential elements in wine cellar construction, because they help maintain the optimum conditions for storing and aging wines.

For this custom wine cellar conversion project, a CellarPro Model 3200 VSi wine cellar cooling system was installed to help keep temperature and humidity at ideal levels.  This self-contained wine cellar cooling system is mounted through the wall, and exhausts hot air to the garage area.

It is designed to handle temperatures ranging from -20°F to 115°F.  This model features adjustable humidity controls, and variable-speed fans for efficient and ultra-quiet operation.

Barolo Style Wine Cellar Door with Weather Stripping

Barolo Style Wine Cellar Door

Barolo Style Wine Cellar Door

The residential wine cellar is located right off the garage area.  The Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Builders team provided the client with a 30″ x 80″ Barolo style wine cellar door with double pane glass, which renders a full view into the wine storage space.

This Barolo wine cellar door has these following features that make it really efficient:

  • weather stripping on all sides and along the jambs
  • automatic door sweeps
  • dual pane insulated glass

Weather stripping prevents cool air from escaping out of the climate controlled wine cellar.  The automatic door bottom does the same thing, plus it prevents dragging that could otherwise damage the floor when opening and closing the door.  The dual pane door feature inhibits condensation from building up on the glass and around the door itself.

The Wine Racking System

Quarter Round Display

Quarter Round Display and Single Bottle Wine Racking System

Quarter Round Display and Single Bottle Wine Racking System

As one enters the Laguna Beach residential  wine cellar, the left side wall wine racking systems start off with a beautiful quarter round display shelf that showcases the client’s selection of double magnums (3-liter bottles).

This wine display rack can also be used to display ornamental pieces and wine accoutrements, such as decanters and wine buckets.  The quarter round display shelf also provides a smooth transition to the wine racking system.

Single Bottle Wine Storage Racks with Lighted High Reveal Display Row

Next to the quarter round display shelf are single bottle wine storage racks that feature a high reveal display row.  The individual slots have 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ openings that can fit most standard 750 ml wine bottles, including standard champagne, California Blue Chips and Oregon Pinot.

This wine racking system comes with rear stabilizer bars that provide structural integrity to the frame, and hand sanded edges that prevent tearing of wine labels.

High reveal display rows store wine bottles at a 15 degree angle, to allow continuous contact of cork with wine.  This is very important in observing proper wine storage techniques that promote optimum wine aging.

A display with high reveal also promotes eye-level presentation of wine labels for better product recognition, as well as for easy perusal and selection.  LED lighting is installed next to the light valance, casting a dramatic glow along the different wine selections placed on the display row.

Wine Storage Bins

Wine Storage Bins

Wine Storage Bins

Since the client loves to showcase his collection of wood cases, Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Builders California custom-designed an opening wine storage bin at the very bottom of the right side wall wine racking system to provide a space for his wood case collection.

As one comes toward the back wall of the Laguna Beach custom wine cellar conversion, the wall surface has odd corners and contours that would have made the installation of additional single bottle storage racks and high reveal display rows difficult.  However, the wine cellar builders from Coastal Custom Wine Cellars CA did a wonderful job in creating a wine racking system that adjusted to the contours of the wall, for a smooth and flowing appearance.

An Arch on the Wall

Moving toward the right side of the wall, there are more single bottle storage racks that feature a high reveal display row.  This particular wall features a standard arch with a stunning whittle board design and a solid tabletop, which serves as a work space for serving or decanting wines.  The arch includes puck lighting, to accentuate the area.

Right above the regular arch is a horizontal opening, for storing large format bottles in a label forward orientation.  Down below the solid tabletop area are additional bottle slots, to accommodate more standard 750 ml wine bottles.

Stylish Arch as Part of the Wine Racking System

Stylish Arch as Part of the Wine Racking System

Just below the high reveal display row are horizontal label forward openings that can fit just about any wine bottle size.  For Bordeaux style bottles, each opening bin can store three deep, for a total of six bottles in this particular area.

Diamond bin components below the horizontal openings are included for bulk storage.  These components are excellent management tools for storing 6 packs and 12 lots.

Track Lighting Fixture

Track Lighting

Track Lighting

A low track lighting fixture was provided by the client, and was affixed to the ceiling.  The lighting system has directional features that can highlight and illuminate various areas in the residential wine cellar.  In addition to the light fixture, the client also supplied the wood flooring and paint color.

The residential wine cellar was certainly an easy and fun project to work on.  The Coastal team converted a small storage room into an 837-bottle capacity custom wine cellar.  For wine cellar conversion projects, Coastal Custom Wine Cellar Builders would be glad to provide a free consultation and 3D design of the proposed wine storage space.