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The Florida Home Wine Cellar Project

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The Florida home wine cellar project was one of the most ambitious undertakings we ever have taken part in. With a tight budget to work on, we had to ensure the cellar would still look great in spite of it. In addition, the room is specified to be strictly climate-controlled to maintain the contents of the wine bottles that will be stored in it. Have we accomplished all that was specified? Well, here are two words that we can answer back to you: you bet! 

Florida Home Wine Cellar Project Design Drawing

This is the Florida Home Wine Cellar Project Design Drawing prior to planning

A client from Florida recently contracted us to create a home wine cellar for him. Since a non-flexible budget was given to us, we had to make sure that we only chose the ideal kits and materials for this project.

We started by browsing through our comprehensive selection of custom wine rack kits. We eventually settled on using a combination of modular wine racks, which we modified by adding a little touch of custom designing. Having to design the back wall means we also had to take into consideration the installed wall lighting. We essentially had to be extra careful about fitting any installations there.

We then added solid x bins underneath the arch to ensure that even the wine case storage shelves below the wine rack could also look stylish. Finally, we devised a unique “wheat” stain look for the mahogany wine rack and a lacquer finish. Seeing the finished product, the client was particularly impressed with the classy look we were able to give his wine rack kit.

Florida WhisperKool Wine Cellar Cooling

This is the Florida WhisperKool Wine Cellar Cooling installed in the room.

The Wine Cellar Climate Control System by WhisperKool

The cellar that we were working on was essentially a modest space. So, we had to procure a cooling system that was easy to install and is self-contained. We settled on the WhisperKool SC 4000 unit because of positive feedback about its longevity and its housing design that fits in with the aesthetic of the wine cellar.

The wine cellar was also required to be kept at 55°F. Since the WhisperKool SC 4000 has a 30°F temperature differential, it can exhaust the entire area while not exceeding 85°F.

Florida Home Wine Cellar Storage Design

This is entrance to the Florida Home Wine Cellar Storage Design

 A Simple and Elegant Wine Tasting Room

The client finally requested that all of his 900 wine bottle collection be stored in the wine cellar. However, there were some issues that needed to be addressed first; constructing the cellar ceiling and upgrading the entrance to the room.

A wine tasting area with style was one of the priorities we had to consider before starting the project. So, we settled on using reclaimed wood for the ceiling, which lent it a rustic feel. Furthermore, the client decided he wanted an arched entrance leading to the cellar, and we took it a step further by constructing it with bare bricks.

So, not only did we produce the ideal Florida home wine cellar project, but we designed it to be the ultimate wine cellar entertainment experience.

Custom Wine Cellars in Florida must be Designed & Built Properly

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Custom wine cellars in Miami, Florida should be designed and built properly, because these are the safe haven for wines. If they are not properly designed or built, your wines may become damaged. Many times, residential wine cellars in Miami, Florida are poorly designed and built because home owners try to utilize the cheapest ways to have them constructed.

The following are the most common mistakes committed when constructing a residential custom wine cellar in Miami, Florida:

1. Poorly Installed Insulation and Vapor Barriers

One of the very first priorities when building a residential wine cellar in Florida is to apply insulation and vapor barriers, which must be applied correctly. If they are not properly installed, condensation usually occurs between the walls of the cellar. As a result of this dew formation, mold can begin to grow. It is imperative that you hire a professional to install the insulation and vapor barrier for your custom wine cellar, so that this problem is avoided.

2. Wrong Type of Wine Cellar Cooling Unit Installed

A wine cellar refrigeration unit needs to be installed in a custom wine room, so that the ideal temperature and humidity levels for proper wine storage are met. There are various kind of wine cellar cooling units for different wine cellars, such as through-the-wall cooling units, split cooling systems, ducted refrigeration systems, etc.

When it comes to wine cellar refrigeration systems, the 2 most common problems are when:

  1. The cooling unit needs to be returned to the manufacturer for service.

    This is can be tedious because you will have to take out the system out of the wall, put it in a box, ship it to the manufacturer and wait for them to return the unit. This is why before you purchase a wine cellar cooling system, check first if the manufacturer is located locally.

  1. The unit cannot efficiently cool the air to the ideal range.

    It is imperative that you have a professional calculate the heat load inside your residential wine cellar to make sure that you purchase the appropriate wine cellar cooling unit for your storage room.

3. Having Windows Installed on the Exterior Walls

Many wine cellar owners do not realize that there is no need for a window on the cellar’s exterior wall. Windows allow light and heat to enter the wine storage room, and this can damage your wines.

4. Inefficient Wine Cellar Doors

Wine cellar doors are an integral part of wine storage rooms. They should be well-designed and properly built because they can also affect the temperature and humidity inside the wine room. The custom wine cellar door should be an exterior grade door. It should also have heavy duty weather-stripping and threshold.

If you want to have a window on your wine cellar walls or door, it is imperative that you use insulated glass. Non-insulated glass causes a lot of problems that will consequently ruin your wines.

5. Poor Quality Custom Wine Cellar Racking

Wine racks in Miami, Florida are where your wines will be resting. Some people tend to look for cheaper ways to have wine racks. This is why some wine collectors settle for cheap wine rack kits or have a carpenter construct their racking. These might be cheaper options but they compromise the quality of your wine racks and put at risk the safety of your wine collection.  Custom wine racks in Florida do not need to be expensive but they have to be of good quality.

Quality Wine Cellars, Wine Racks & Other Wine Storage Essentials

Your wine storage room should be made from quality materials. Wine Cellar International is one of the most trustworthy providers of custom wine cellars, wine racks and other wine storage essentials in Florida. They products are not only durable but also cost-effective.

Proper Sealing of Florida Custom Wine Cellars

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Wine cellars are essential when you want to get serious with your wine collection. Wine is a delicate and complex substance, and it requires just the right elements to come together to make sure that it is stored well and aged properly.

Options have been made available on the market that will help aspiring wine collectors replicate the ideal conditions in the wine cellars in the chilly French countryside.

When constructing a wine cellar, you must ensure that the crucial conditions for proper wine preservation are present. Two important facets of proper wine cellar construction are installing a proper vapor barrier and making sure the doors, walls, and windows are completely sealed.

Things to Keep in Mind in Sealing Florida Wine Cellars

Vapor Barrier 

 A vapor barrier keeps the warm air from the outside or from adjacent rooms from seeping through the walls of your wine cellar. If this happens, condensation will occur, and over the course of time cause mildew and mold to form inside your cellar, affecting wine’s quality.

The vapor barrier stops this from happening. You can typically use a 6-8 mm plastic sheet for the vapor barrier, available in most Home Depots. They should be wrapped around your wine cellar on the warm side of the insulation. Note that the cool side of the wall is the one which actually encloses your wine collection. This essentially covers your wine collection from heat and humidity.

Wine Cellar Door 

Another aspect of sealing your wine cellar is making sure that your wine cellar door is airtight. The wine cellar door should be weather-stripped on all four sides of the door jam. There should be a bottom door-sweep to prevent outside air from flowing into your wine cellar when the door is closed. Solid core doors or full glass doors are recommended. But, if you prefer a glass door, it should have double-pane insulated tapered glass. Premium grade silicone caulk must be used to seal door casing to the wall.


Just as your wine cellar entryway, the windows must also be sealed. The use of quality insulated glass, good sealant, and a high quality frame is recommended. A reliable window foam sealant is recommended to prevent the intrusion of warm air, thus preventing wine faults.


Other ways you can ensure an airtight wine cellar is to build an extra wall that is made out of waterproof materials and leave a 1cm airpocket in between the two walls. Another way is to apply polyurethane on the wall that is already there and then cover it with cement and plaster panels.

Sealing is very important to make sure that your wine cellar cooling system will be able to perform its job efficiently which is to maintain the ideal temperature and humidity in your Florida custom wine room. This is especially critical if you live in an area with a warm climate such as Florida. Florida wine cellar owners need to make sure that their cellars are completely sealed in order to protect their wines from harmful external factors.

Wine Cellar International is a Florida wine cellar builder that offers its clients the best wine storage solutions available. Visit their website at for more information about their products and services.