Cellar-brate your home
With so many styles and shapes of wine storage solutions available, any home can boast its very own cellar.
When choosing a potential cellaring space for your home, look for somewhere that is consistently cool, free of humidity fluctuations and moisture, and preferably a space that is dark. You’ll want to avoid exterior windows and walls, and steer clear of appliances that emit heat, such as ovens.
Still not sure where to put it? Well, if you’re stuck for ideas but would love a wine cellar in your home, we’ve put together a list of popular Australian house types matched with their perfect cellar styles – so pour yourself a glass and let’s get started:
Cellar style: hidden wine walls
When space is at a premium it’s hard to go past vertical storage solutions, such as wine walls. Wine walls are usually a set of racks attached to an out-of-the-way wall, but that particular style can be harder to control, temperature wise. So many apartment cellaring solutions are going beyond the wall surface to access the cavity behind. Known as hidden wine walls, they are accessible via a small sliding door, and can house simple shelving or a temperature controlled cellar, and don’t clutter your apartment at all.
Cellar style: under the stairs
Most stairs in multiple storey homes have some sort of storage under them. Usually, it’s in the form of a small cupboard. They’re often used to store linen and old board games, but as it turns out, that central spot of your home, which is both dark and cool, is also a fantastic space to store your wines. Many modern architectural designs incorporate a wine cellar under the stairs from the outset, but it can also be easily done as a retrofit solution. If you have an existing cupboard, simply strip it back, fit some custom shelves, add a little lighting, and if you really want to take it next level, switch the door out for a glass display door. Alternatively, get an interior designer on board to create your bespoke cellaring statement.
Cellar style: spiral cellar
Most houses built on a sloping block have underfloor storage spaces, which are often underused or not used at all. Now, with this innovative cellaring solution, you can add a watertight, cylindrical system into your floor space that takes advantage of both passive ventilation and the naturally cooler temperatures of underground spaces. It’s an effective way to store your wine and as an added bonus has no ongoing cooling costs. Plus, they look ultra-cool with their spiral stair design and stylish hatch entry.
Cellar style: pantry renovation
Pantries come in all shapes and sizes; in some households they are small, yet functional cupboards and in other homes they are walk-in spaces with floor to ceiling shelving. But all pantries can be converted into a cellar space with a little careful planning. Pantries usually enjoy a consistent temperature and are dark, which is a great start, but their existing shelving will generally need replacing to suit wine bottles. Once you have the shelves sorted, some carefully positioned lighting can really help to create an ambience, (and help you read the labels too). And if your pantry is large enough, a small bench space for pouring will really make the space more functional.
Cellar style: cellar room
If your home is on an acreage or is simply expansive, the options for cellaring wine are all of the above and then some. You can have hidden wall cellars, build a spiral or under stair cellar, or even convert your pantry – but you probably have the space to do something a little more substantial! In fact, you probably have the space to dedicate an entire room to your wine cellaring endeavours. Cellar rooms tend to be more than simply storage, and can include a small bar, a serving area, even casual seating if space allows! The configuration of the actual cellar can be practically anything. Bespoke wall units, glass walled cabinets, or even traditional stone floor hideaways are all possibilities.
Regardless of the cellar that suits your home style, one thing will be certainly true – you’re going to need to fill it… and filling wine cellars is our speciality! Single bottles through to curated packs, we can fill your cellar with the click of a button. Start filling your cellar now.
Plus, whatever the look, size, or budget of your wine cellar, a temperature controlled wine cabinet is always a great investment if space allows. Liebherr is our go-to when it comes to temperature controlled storage solutions, and their range is available directly through us!