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A California Dream Home Wine Cellar Built Out of a Spare Room

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A wine cellar cannot function properly without the right components installed in it. A professional builder, who has the appropriate knowledge about proper wine storage and racking, can help you in your wine room conversion project. In Ramona, California, Vintage Wine Cellars has transformed an unused storage space into an elegant wine cellar. Check out the features of this wine room.  

Custom Wine Cellar Installation Project in Ramona, California

waterfall wine rack design Ramona California wine cellar project

Waterfall Wine Rack Ramona California Home Wine Cellar

The primary goal of your chosen builder must be to create a place that can maintain the perfect environment necessary for the proper maturation of wine. Poor storage conditions can affect wine’s quality.

A well-built wine cellar must be able to maintain a stable temperature and humidity level that will preserve the desirable characteristics of wine for years to come.

Your builder should also make sure that your wine rack system will display your collection impressively. If you are a homeowner and a serious wine collector, investing in a climate-controlled wine room is a smart idea. It can increase the lifespan of your precious vintages and enhance the beauty of your home.

Vintage Wine Cellars, a master builder in California, always makes sure that your wines are safe by installing the right insulation, cooling system, racking, and flooring in your storage space. Their design team uses their creativity and passion to create beautiful wine storage displays that will sweep your guests off their feet.

Converting an Unused Storage Room into a Stylish and Functional Home Wine Cellar

Recently, Vintage Wine Cellars has completed a construction project in Ramona, California. As a standard procedure, they first created 3-dimensional drawings before installing the essential components. These images showed the different elevations of the wine room, dimensions of the storage racks, and the bottle capacities.

They started preparing the room after the client approved the drawings. The large room measures 14’x10’x8’. They added features that would maximize the storage space and allow for ease of cleaning of the wine racks.

Combining Racking Styles to Create an Eye-Catching Wine Display and Added Functionality

When designing their customer’s storage racks, Vintage Cellars California incorporates various racking configurations to create a display of wine that would capture the eyes of the viewers and add functionality to the home wine cellar. To maximize the storage capacity of the room, custom features were added. The entire racking was constructed from Premium Redwood, with wine barrel features.

Elegant Wood Wine Rack System

Vintage Cellarsowners recently converted an unused storage area into this beautifully designed custom wine cellar in Ramona, California.

Ramona California Home Wine Cellar Installation Project

The left wall as you enter the wine cellar consists of double deep racking with a double-high stemware storage rack at the center. This feature allows the owner to store the wine glasses upside down. A tabletop was added to provide space for decanting and serving wine.

Made from Fontenay wine barrel, the tabletop is an eco-friendly feature in the wine room. Reclaimed wine barrels can also be utilized to create other “green” features in California home wine cellars, such as flooring and storage racks.

California Wine Cellar Installation Wooden Wine Racking

California Wine Cellar Installation Wooden Wine Racking

There is also a double high reveal display row on both sides of the tabletop, and in the middle section of racking on the rest of the walls. The top and bottom sections of the left wall have openings intended for storing magnum bottles individually.

The back wall was originally a window made of glass. Vintage  Cellars removed it and added the proper insulation. The back wall is the focal point of the wine room because it consists of a visually appealing storage unit – the waterfall display rack, which goes down to the center of the cellar.

This type of racking stores the client’s magnum bottles in a cascading manner, leading down to a horizontal storage unit. The waterfall wine rack is double-sided for additional bottle slots.

Above the horizontal display wine rack is another wine barrel tabletop, where the owner can serve and drink wine, and display other accessories.

Like the left wall, the back wall also consists of double deep single racking and a high reveal display row, both for magnums. There was a dead space behind the waterfall wine rack, so Vintage Cellars decided to utilize it by adding case storage slots. This racking style allows for collectors who want to buy and store wines in bulk.

The single-deep wine racks on the right wall consist of a high reveal display row in the middle section, with horizontal magnum storage openings above it. The top and bottom racking provide individual storage slots.

California Home Wine Cellar Insulation and Cooling Solution

Vintage Cellars always makes sure that every client’s wine room is constructed with proper insulation and a cooling system to keep wine safe. Proper insulation and installing the right wine refrigeration system will prevent a waste of investment by maintaining the perfect environment for the graceful aging of wine.

Spray Foam Insulation

California Wine Cellar Spray Foam Insulation

California Wine Cellar Spray Foam Insulation

Poor insulation can result in wine spoilage. It will allow the warm air from the outside to interfere with the cooling of your refrigeration unit. Additionally, your wine’s quality will be damaged because the cold air will leak out of the cellar. When this happens, the chemical properties of wine will be altered, resulting in an unpleasant aroma and taste.

Sealing a refrigerated wine room will also prevent moisture build up that can wreak havoc with the desirable qualities of your wine. The wrong humidity levels can cause bacteria and molds to grow in the ceiling, walls, bottles, and racking of your wine cellar.

Hiring a professional to seal your wine room will protect not only your wine collection but also the structural integrity of your cellar.

Additionally, your climate control system will have a longer lifespan because the warm air cannot pass through the walls, ceiling, and door. Warm air will force the equipment to work harder than it should and may result in higher energy consumption.

Vintage Cellars used spray foam insulation in this wine cellar. One of the advantages of this type of insulation is that it can also act as a vapor barrier. It eliminates the need to use plastic sheeting to wrap the entire room.

Efficient Wine Cooling System

Wine Cellar Cooling System California Project

Wine Cellar Cooling System California Project

After the room had been insulated, Vintage Cellars installed a 1-ton split ducted cooling unit by Wine Guardian. The return vent and air handler were hidden in a soffit above the doorway.

To maintain a quiet operation, the compressor was installed outside the cellar, and covered with a metal housing to protect the unit. For easy monitoring, the thermostat was placed on the wall right beside the door.

Your Dream Home Wine Cellar Can Be Yours. Contact an Expert.

If you have a space that you want to transform into an elegant home wine cellar, Vintage Cellars California can help you. Call them today at 1-800-876-8789 or request a custom wine cellar design for FREE!