Wooden wine racks play an important role in home wine cellars, combining functionality with aesthetic appeal. By providing a stable and temperature-controlled environment, they help preserve and age wines optimally.
The natural properties of wood, such as moisture absorption and ventilation, contribute to the maturation process, enhancing the flavors and aromas of wines over time. Additionally, wooden wine racks add a touch of elegance and sophistication, elevating the overall ambiance of the wine cellar.
Take for example this transitional wine cellar project in a lovely home in Orange County, California. We were able to customize every inch of this cellar, especially the rustic wine cellar design, which the client was very particular with. Coastal Custom Wine Cellars and Bella Vita Wine Cellars were very dedicated to bringing this accomplishment to the client. Continue reading this article to learn more about these custom wine racks!
Rustic Wine Cellar Design Made Custom For Your Convenience
With the help of modern technology, it is now possible to build your home wine cellar in any desired location without compromising the natural aging process of the wines.
In the case of this San Clemente home, the owner opted to integrate a transitional wine cellar with glass panels into a sitting area near an exterior wall. It’s important to note that the proximity of a wine cellar to a heat source necessitates increased insulation and cooling, a task efficiently accomplished by our team.
Once all the finishing touches were complete and the wine bottles were carefully arranged in the cellar, the outcome was a delightful and cozy corner where one could leisurely enjoy a glass of wine while comfortably reading a favorite book in the adjacent lounge chairs.
High-Quality Custom Wine Racks
What sets this wine cellar apart from others is its exceptional wine rack design. Unlike typical horizontal racks with straight sides and
corners, our team has created a distinctive U-shaped wine shelf that spans from the floor to the ceiling.
This custom-made rack adds a new level of dimension to the space, making it more visually appealing and inviting. By deviating from the norm, we have crafted a wine cellar that stands out and creates a unique ambiance for wine enthusiasts to appreciate.
How Important Is Choosing the Right Wood Choice for Building Wine Racks?
The durability and appearance of wooden wine racks, as well as other wooden furniture, are highly noticeable due to their robust nature. Therefore, it is crucial to select a wood variety that not only looks visually pleasing but also maintains its quality over time, especially in the humid conditions of a wine cellar.
Popular wood species used for crafting wine cellar racks include Mahogany, Alder, Pine, Maple, Walnut, Oak, Redwood, and Cedar. Each type possesses unique characteristics such as grain size, pattern, and stain absorption/retention capabilities. Hence, the choice of wood for your wine rack should align with the desired aesthetic for your wine cellar.
For this San Clemente wooden wine racks, we opted for Alder wood and applied a gray stain. Alderwood is a lightweight yet durable hardwood, making it ideal for constructing custom wine racks with curved edges.
Furthermore, this wood variety readily accepts stains, allowing for precise customization and achieving the desired look or finish.
Impressive Wooden Wine Racks Design that Fits Your Style
There are various ways to display wine bottles, such as cork forward, horizontal label forward, inclined label forward, and vertical orientations. If your main focus in a wine cellar is maximizing storage capacity, it’s advisable to stick to one or two racking configurations.
However, if you wish to enhance the visual appeal of your wine racks and invest in their overall aesthetic, combining different compartment styles will be more suitable.
In these particular custom wine racks, each side is a mirror image when split in half. Examining one half, you’ll find a column with four vertical shelves and two rows of high-reveal racks near the glass panels.
These vertical shelves are equipped with illuminating Acrylic L.E.D Boards, beautifully showcasing the bottles. The owner of this cellar has placed various types of liquor, including vodka and gin, on these vertical shelves.
The second column comprises standard 750 racks and two rows of high-reveal racks. The third column starts with cubbies at the bottom, followed by standard 750 compartments, high-reveal racks, and triple-deep horizontal racks for magnums at the top. Finally, the central column features a diamond bin at the bottom, an elegant decanting table, and triple-deep horizontal magnum racks at the top.
To enhance functionality, we constructed a marble countertop for the decanting table and added stemware racks on top for hanging wine glasses. Additionally, we adorned the backdrop of the decanting table with an artistic masterpiece, adding a touch of artistic flair to the overall design.
What It Takes To Have a Systematic Inventory System with These Wooden Wine Racks
Surprisingly, this transitional home wine cellar has an impressive capacity to hold up to 450 wine bottles, a significant number considering the size of the space. What adds to its uniqueness are the embedded labels on the wine racks, a special request from the client.
If you examine the racks closely, you’ll notice letters running from left to right and numbers running from top to bottom. This clever labeling system enables the owners to quickly identify empty bottles or ones that need replacement. The efficiency of this wine-racking system matches that of the cellar’s advanced ducted split-system cooling unit.
For those with extensive wine collections in San Clemente Beach, an inventory system is crucial for quick wine location and accurate value calculation. There are numerous ways to organize a wine collection, such as grouping by wine or spirit type, origin, size, preference, age, and more.
We can even connect you with a wine connoisseur who specializes in inventories to establish a system tailored to your style. The unparalleled convenience offered by such an investment makes it truly worthwhile.
Let Your Dream Wine Cellar Happen with Bella Vita Wine Cellars Team’s Help!
If you’re considering transforming that extra space in your home into a stylish wine cellar, look no further than Bella Vita Wine Cellars! They specialize in designing custom wooden wine racks, and contrary to what you might think, going custom can save you money. By customizing your wine cellar, you can fully utilize the available space without the hassle of searching for pre-made racks, doors, and other components that may not fit perfectly.
With extensive experience serving homeowners across metropolitan areas in Southern California, Bella Vita Wine Cellars is a trusted choice. Their team of passionate experts and skilled tradesmen is dedicated to creating the perfect wine cellar or wooden wine racks to meet each client’s unique needs.
Whether you require repairs, renovations, or a brand-new installation, they are here to help you maximize your investment. Rest assured, the value they can add to your home will exceed your expectations.
For more client stories and information, visit their website or speak directly with one of their designers at +1 (714) 798-9858!
Home wine cellars, whether they are big or small, should have the right insulation and cooling system. A homeowner in Newport Beach, California aimed to rebuild his custom glass wine cellar because it had a serious problem with mold.
The kitchen and dining area were frequently used in his townhouse, and having a moldy wine cellar was unpleasant and a health risk.
The homeowner contacted Coastal Custom Wine Cellars to get help in finding a solution to this problem.
Continue reading to learn about the challenges faced during the construction of this wine closet and how the team overcame each one.
At Bella Vita Wine Cellars, you can easily ask for help with your wine cooling system, too! Whether you’re located in Corona Del Mar, San Juan Capistrano, Surfside, Dana Point, San Clemente, Rossmoor, Costa Mesa, or a nearby city like Newport Beach in Orange County, our team can assist you in planning your custom wine rack ideas for your wine storage. Get in touch with any of our specialists today and let us help you turn your dream wine cellar into a reality!
Addressing the Problem of This Custom Glass Wine Cellar through Expert Renovation
During their initial assessment, the wine cellar experts were shocked by what they found. It was one of the worst cases of mold infestation they had ever encountered, despite having worked on numerous wine cellar renovation projects affected by mold in the past.
The infestation had become severe, with many of the bottles turning green. It was evident that even though the wine closet was cool, there were significant gaps allowing moisture to enter. As they inspected further, they noticed numerous cracks throughout the cellar.
The root of the problem lay in the fact that the client had initially hired a contractor in Newport Beach who had limited knowledge about wine cellars. This contractor had failed to address the issue of the hot wall and the lack of insulation.
The wine cellar was directly exposed to an exterior wall that received sunlight for most of the day, making it easier for air molecules to condense and seep through the cracks into the cellar.
Consequently, the team had two main challenges to tackle: minimizing the impact of the hot wall and effectively sealing all the air gaps in the wine cellar.
Initial Process in Repairing this Contemporary Wine Cellar
The first thing the team did was to remove everything from the bottles, racks, and even the studs. They had to rebuild the studs, install a new wine cooling system, and apply closed-cell foam to improve the insulation.
This foam not only strengthens the insulation but also acts as a vapor barrier, eliminating the need for an additional layer to prevent moisture.
After the foam had hardened, they installed a moisture-resistant green board on the main wall. Green boards are excellent for wine racks and can withstand moisture effectively.
High-Quality Glass Wine Cellar Door
To prevent moisture buildup inside the modern wine displays, similar to how it is done in refrigerators, the team made sure to seal the entire space. They had three frameless glass wine cellar doors specially designed for this closet. These oversized glass doors were weather-stripped and carefully sealed around the edges, leaving no room for air to pass through.
The glass panels were held together at the corners using brushed black pivot hinges. These hinges are specifically designed for wine cellars and are superior to regular shower hinges as they minimize the presence of any gaps that could allow air to enter.
Here’s the Proper Wine Cooling Unit For This Custom Glass Wine Cellar
After ensuring that the closet was completely airtight, the team focused on selecting a suitable cooling system for the wine cellar. The previous refrigeration unit, which was from WhisperKOOL, was too large for the space.
To address this, they brought in a commercial-grade cooling unit from the Wine Cellar Designers Group. You will not find the cooling system visible in the closet pictures because they took great care to conceal all the coils and electrical components.
Commercial air conditioning systems prioritize functionality over aesthetics, so the challenge was to integrate the AC without disrupting the design of the wine closet.
The team opted for a ductless split system cooling unit as a solution. They positioned the condenser outside the hot wall and ran the coils along the ceiling. As a result, the register/air supply vent for the cellar was mounted on the ceiling.
The metal housings of wine cellar cooling units can be easily opened for inspection, cleaning, or repairs, such as in cases of leaks. If you’re not familiar with maintaining commercial units, it is recommended to have them inspected and cleaned at least once a year. The air inlet and outlet inside our wine closet are discreetly located on the ceiling, hidden behind a wooden grill.
Integration of Aesthetic Elements: Metal and Wooden Wine Racks
Renovations are often necessary for outdated custom wine closets, the wine displays with mold issues or displays with worn-out racking and walls. If you’re facing the same situation as the featured wine closet, it might be a good opportunity to embrace a fresh style and incorporate new functional innovations.
Although a complete makeover may seem like a lot of work, based on our experience, all of our clients have been highly satisfied with their renovated wine cellars.
If your space is similar to this compact contemporary wine cellar and you desire to enhance its design, our team will put in the effort to bring your desired wine cellar vision to life.
While we have plenty of modern design ideas, we are always excited to explore new concepts and collaborate with our clients.
This home wine cellar repair project serves as an excellent example of a fully customized wine display.
Every element, from the insulation and doors to the custom wine racks, wooden lattice X bins, multi-deep metal wine racking, and marble countertop, was chosen meticulously to perfectly reflect the client’s vision.
Take a Chance to Install Custom Glass Wine Cellar with Bella Vita Wine Cellars’ Expertise!
Are you experiencing issues the same issues with your wine cooling unit? Or you consider installing a lovely custom glass wine cellar in your residential space? Look no further! Bella Vita Wine Cellars is here to provide you with top-notch repair services for your valuable wine collection.
We understand the importance of a properly functioning wine cooling system in preserving the flavor and quality of your wines. That’s why our team of skilled technicians specializes in repairing wine cooling units and designing beautiful modern and traditional wine cellars with utmost precision and expertise.
When you choose Bella Vita Wine Cellars, your satisfaction is our priority. We strive to exceed your expectations by providing friendly, professional service and ensuring that your repaired wine cooling unit meets or even surpasses its original performance.
Contact us today at +1 (714) 798-9858 and let’s address your wine cellar concerns!
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.
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.
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
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
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.
The proper wine storage temperature for optimum aging is between 50°F and 59°F, with humidity levels kept within 50% to 60%. A wine cellar cooling system is designed to help maintain constant temperature and humidity levels, allowing wines to age to their full potential. A heat load calculation is usually conducted to determine the right cooling unit for a particular wine enclave.
This climate control system can be located in any indoor area outside the wine room, and can be ducted 25 feet away from the enclosure.
This setup results in an ultra-quiet wine storage environment without any visible equipment in the cellar.
For this particular wine cellar project, the cooling unit is mounted inside the ceiling. Ductwork is used to supply cold air to and from the enclosure, and exhaust hot air to the outdoors.
About Wine Guardian
Wine Guardian is the world’s leading manufacturer and provider of commercial grade quality wine cellar cooling solutions. Their cooling products are engineered to provide reliable and efficient cooling, as well as vibration-free and whisper quiet operation. They offer through the wall units, split cooling systems, and ducted units.
The Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club wine cellar was a successful project altogether. Coastal Custom Wine Cellars was able to create a custom-designed wine storage facility that blends well with the interior décor of the clubhouse’s Preserve Dining Room, and at the same time provide ample storage space wherein club members can show off their favorite wine labels.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.