Temperature and humidity are both important elements within wine cellars.
The ideal temperature to store wine for proper aging is to maintain a temperature between 55 – 60 degrees. While heat can damage wine, giving it an astringent or overly acidic characteristic, the threshold for temperature damage begins at about 70 degrees. Occasional spikes won’t hurt your collection, but prolonged exposure such as a week-long heatwave can.
Wines must be stored in a room with humidity levels ranging from 50 to 70 percent. When the humidity is higher than the normal range, mold can start to grow on the wine racks and wine labels, including the walls and ceiling. The worst is when molds grow on the cork and contaminate the wine.
When the humidity is lower than the normal range, you run the risk of the cork may shrink and become brittle. When it loses its elasticity, it will allow an unwanted amount of oxygen to enter the bottle and mix with the wine. When this happens, the wine will be oxidized, causing off-flavors and aromas. Moreover, the wine’s aging process will accelerate.
To help ensure the quality of your wine, Cellar Masters also offers annual service contracts to maintain the optimal operation of your cooling system after installation.
We support three different options to best fit the needs of your wine cellar:
CLIENT TESTIMONIAL: “Scott did a great job helping me design our wine room. We had limited space to work with, but I was still able to build a walk-in room that holds 500 bottles! Love the “label view” storage for the back wall.” — Michael M.