5 Aspects of Wine Storage

Wine Storage

In discussing any factors involving wine, I am doing this in relation to the everyday  consumer, your average vino drinker, like myself, and not professional or sommelier.  The information here is great for a beginner or someone who just needs a little helpful information.  The product I will be referring to in most cases will be the “ready to drink” variety which has been manufactured for immediate consumption.  None of these types will get better with age.  Proper storage will maintain their corked taste and integrity.  Once uncorked, they should be consumed within a 24 hr period.  Below is a chart created by Wine Folly, that gives you a guideline to follow for “best before.”

Wine Storage Temp


When I have a bottle that is getting close to, or gone passed the time for it to still be good, (come on, we all do it!) I will use it in a variety of ways.  I will use it in cooking, make ice cubes, or I have a Sangria recipe that makes everyone happy!


There are a variety of ways to best store wine.  This may vary according to which type you purchase.  When storing wine there are 5 factors to consider which are:

  1. Temperature

Most varieties are best kept at 40°F to 65°F (4°C-18°C) . The temperature should not fluctuate more than 5°F.  Most home refrigerators are set at 32°-40°F.

Wine Storage


2. Temperature Stability

It is important to keep the product at as stable a temperature as possible.   Fluctuations may cause damage.

3. Humidity

The best humidity level is at 70%.  This is where the vino stays happy.

4. Darkness

The ideal light for storage is: the darker the better. The ultraviolet rays found in sunlight can do serious  damage.  Fluorescent lighting can also damage.  If you have a designated room for storage, you might want to invest in low uv lighting.  At any rate, try to keep you wine out of the sunlight.

5. Security

Safety is the main reason for securing wine.  When you have a collection, at some point your may start to consider the importance of securing it.  This can be to ensure that the wrong people do not help themselves to your vino. Security is also important to keep product out of the reach of children.

Aspects of a Wine Storage Rack

Today, wine racks have become an important part of Home Decor, aside from the fact that they are functional.  Frankly there are hundreds to choose from.  The aesthetic style of wine rack that appeals to you is completely unique.  The functional aspects of a wine rack are fairly consistent.    The materials that a wine rack is made from will also vary.

  • The reasons for using a wine rack, where the bottles are laid on their side are as follows:
  • To provide the correct orientation of the bottle, particularly if the bottle is corked, in order to keep the cork moist.
  • It allows the owner to easily see and identify bottles.
  • It limits the amount of direct light on the bottles.
  • If you own screw top bottles, some of these guidelines still apply.
  • The wine rack can become an anchor of décor in your home.

5 Types of Wine Storage Racks

Stackable Wine Rack
Stackable wine racks can come in a variety of materials and sizes.  The material range from metal, to plastic to wood.  A small stackable wine rack is ideal if it will be kept on a countertop.  A larger one can be placed on the floor.  the great thing about a stackable wine rack is that if you start to grow your wine collection, you can add layers to your existing wine rack.


Countertop Wine Rack

This type of wine rack is obviously smaller and made out of lightweight materials.  These hold a lower number of wine bottles, usually 6.  These are also more decorative than functional.  They often are funky in appearance, someones’ creative idea.

Foldable Wine Rack

These wine racks take on the appearance of an accordion.  They are usually the smaller type of foldable wine rack that can sit on a countertop.  There are some metal versions that can hold several bottles of wine.  These would need to sit on the floor.


Wall Hanging Wine Rack

Although these have the capacity to hold 6 to 8 bottles of wine, we are now moving into wine racks that are more decorative.  The wall hanging wine rack can also get quite funky.  With a wall hanging wine rack, you need to be sure of the mount you use, taking into account The importance of what is behind the wall to hold up the the weight of the bottles and the wall hanging wine rack.

Assembly Required Wine Racks

There are a variety of wine racks that will come with assembly required. As long as you set aside the right amount of time, follow the instructions, and use a little elbow grease, these wine racks are satisfying to complete.  This wine rack usually holds fewer wine bottles.










Wine Cabinet

This wine storage combines a furniture aspect with the functional aspect.  This becomes a more decorative item, with additional functions such as drawers to hold accessories, and intricate woodwork.  Wine cabinets are often large and may be freestanding, or anchored to the wall.  Wine cabinets typically hold a larger number of bottles.


It is important to be cognizant of where you have your wine rack in your home. I had originally put mine in a dark corner, but realized that it was too close to the floor heat, so I had to move it.  You want to have it in a cool low light area of the home.

Wine Storage Refrigeration

Some wine enthusiasts state that refrigerating wine can store favourite bottles of wine in a way that will enhance the taste, the aroma, and the integrity.

When deciding which refrigeration will work for you, you will need to consider some things that will apply to your wine collection.

Your will have to choose between a built in unit vs a free standing unit.


 Free Standing                                                                                                                                                            Built In

Most wine fridges are limited in size, so it is important to know how many bottles you will need refrigerated.

You will want the glass of the door to be both tempered and tinted.

A safety lock is an important feature.

It is useful to have a reversible door, so you can best adapt it to any floor plan.

What it comes down to is how many bottles of wine you need to refrigerate, type of wine you are cooling, red wine or white wine, and how much money you wish to spend on this item.

Wine refrigerators can have can single zone and dual zone cooling capability.

A single zone offers a single cooling zone and a single temperature control.

A dual zone is for someone who wants to cool both red wine and white wine. You can have two different areas of on refrigerator which can be set at the 2 different temperatures that correspond to the wine of choice.

Another thing to consider is sound.  This is particularly important when it comes to placement of the refrigerator in the home.

If you purchase an electric wine cooler ,  it uses a compressor, which tends to be noisy.  The advantage of this type is that you have a greater range of temperature choice, which can be important, especially if you are storing ice wines or sweet wines which should be chilled more than other wines.

A thermo electric wine cooler has less moving parts, which results in less noise and less vibration.  The drawback to this system is that often they cannot be set below 55°F, which is too warm for ice wine and sweet wines.  Another point that may become an issue is that usually the maximum number of bottles that can be stored is about 30.


If you have any questions of comments, I welcome them below.Judy



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  1. Paul

    May 28, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Great post, Judith, on wine storage.

    What is a proper wine storage temperature?

    Does this temperature vary with white and red wines and finally which wines age the best?

    Looking forward to more posts on wine storage.


    1. Judith

      May 31, 2017 at 9:03 am

      The ideal storage is between 45 and 65 degrees F, but this is not really set in stone. I few degrees will not make a difference. Keeping a white wine at 55 degrees will help slow the aging process.

  2. Adrian

    June 7, 2017 at 5:26 am

    My wife and I have a wine cooler at home, not quite as big as the one you have in your post, but for the two of us, it’s a good size.

    It’s convenient to have a selection of red and white wine on hand when we want it, we have ours in the laundry which is a cool and handy spot for us.

    We haven’t got a safety lock or a reversible door on our wine cooler as it wasn’t an expensive one but don’t need it as we haven’t got children at home and the reversible door isn’t required, so we are happy with what we have got; thanks for your post.

    1. Judith

      June 7, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Thank you for the comment.  The reversible door is more to adapt to the location in the room.  I agree, if there are no children in the home, there is less need for a lock.

  3. Claudette

    June 10, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Wow, Judith. This post is very informative. I love drinking red wine but never learned much about it until this article. I was particularly intrigued about the reason why you store wine on it’s side. Thanks for the information, I guess I’ll have to purchase a wine rack now 🙂

    1. Judith

      June 10, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you for the comment. Have fun with your red wine and your hunt for the perfect wine rack!

  4. Paula

    June 10, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Judith, you have some amazing information here for the beginner! I’m not a wine enthusiast, but I have a sister or two that tends to enjoy the palatable flavours. When I saw your site, it made me think of them, so I thought I’d better check out some tips for our next conversation, haha. It’s very interesting to know the different techniques to keep the wine at it’s best. Also, I really like the buffet like cabinet storage. Which is your most favourite way to store your wines? Thanks for sharing this information Judith. I’m passing it on :o)

    1. Judith

      June 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you for your comment. In my home, I am currently doing some renovations, so I am looking at a white washed wood cabinet that will house my wine and glasses.

  5. manasir

    June 10, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Good post Judith – Wine has now a days been part of our day to day drink. Normally we used to open the bottle for the first time and keep the wine for very long days but after seeing your post it gives an immediate change in our routine to look after each and every wine on when to finish it. Thanks for writing this, Good Day and Keep well.

    1. Judith

      June 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you for the comment. I do not like to see wine spoil. That is why it is always my goal to have none left over!

  6. Jean

    June 10, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Cool post. My girlfriend loves visiting wine farms and bringing home her favorites (We’re from Cape Town South Africa so there’s no shortage of wine farms).
    The wine is starting to stockpile though because she buys two and drinks one. I’m thinking about building her a wall unit with a wine chiller and wine racks from wood for her birthday and the post gave me a few great pointers. Thanks.

    1. Judith

      June 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you for the comment. South African wines are becoming more popular, here in Canada. I have tasted several and they were good. Building the wine storage is a lovely idea, good luck.

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