Creative Cellar Ideas
Storing wine correctly to increase its longevity is an essential consideration for oenophiles, but there’s much more to designing a wine cellar than practicality. Get ready to be inspired by these 12 jaw-dropping wine cellars. Whether you’re planning a renovation or simply dreaming of including a wine cellar in your home, there’s sure to be an option here that suits your taste.
Gorgeous and Geometric
DIY enthusiasts and amateur woodworkers can take inspiration from this wine cellar, which features seemingly simplistic shelving in unique shapes. The pale hue of the wood serves as a backdrop that lets the bottles shine. The geometrically shaped wine racks may not be practical for individual bottles, but they certainly make a stunning visual impact. The center of the space features a minimalistic seating area where guests can sample the cellar’s offerings.
Wine is best preserved in a cool, dark space where the bottles won’t come into contact with natural light. This cave-like cellar features the perfect conditions for maintaining the quality of vintage bottles for many years to come. The arched openings feature interior racks to keep the bottles organized and the untouched natural ceiling lends an awe-inspiring aesthetic to the space.
This basement wine cellar may be visually arresting, and the look can be easily achieved with the right DIY skills. The racks line rough-hewn walls and feature notched spaces to store individual bottles. The backlighting behind the bottles not only lends an atmospheric mood to the space, but also allows owners and guests to easily read the bottles’ labels. A corner shelving unit provides space for a few glasses for in-cellar sampling.
The combination of natural stone and red brick give this wine cellar a high-end rustic charm. This example is proof that you don’t need a large space to create a jaw-dropping wine cellar. The brick and wood shelving units could easily be created as a DIY project, making this luxe-looking cellar totally within reach.
Vast and Vaulted
The vaulted ceilings of this wine cellar create an airy and spacious effect while the wood beams ensure that the space remains cozy and inviting. Recreate the look of the wine racks used here with these steel rods (available on Etsy), which come in black or chrome and can accommodate between 18 and 54 bottles each, depending on the length. The modular system allows users to combine the rods into the configuration of their choosing.
When wine is corked, it’s best to store it lying on its side rather than standing up to prevent the cork from drying out. The X-shaped shelf inserts used in this cellar’s design allow for plenty of room to store all of your favorite bottles while ensuring they remain in optimal condition. Three wooden barrels sit at the center of the space, providing room to host tastings with friends and fellow wine enthusiasts.
While many people opt to store their wine bottles in a dedicated closed room, some may prefer to display their bottles where they can be seen and appreciated on a daily basis. This wall installation is situated in a glass-enclosed space so guests can appreciate the collection as a whole. The racks used to create this effect (available on Wayfair) come in satin black, chrome, and brushed nickel, and each holds 18 bottles.
Sparse and Simple
This sparse interior space offers an interesting juxtaposition of cold stone in the flooring and walls and warm-toned wood in the barrel-style wine storage units. The top of the wine rack features an empty shelf that can easily store and display wine glasses and decanters or could provide additional bottle storage.
With room to show off dozens of bottles, this cellar is inspiring, to say the least. Enthusiasts can display favorite bottles on the top and middle shelves with their labels on full view. The space also includes a pair of wine fridges which are perfect for storing white wines and other bottles that require storage at a specific temperature. Arched ceilings are a unique architectural detail to add visual interest to the room.
Resplendent in Red
The tasting room at Kunjani Wines in South Africa was dreamt up by designer Haldane Martin and combines powder-coated steel rods and leather straps for a unique wine storage solution. It’s rare to see large-scale art displayed in a wine cellar, but this example shows that it’s the perfect place to hang one of your most visually arresting pieces to make a major statement.
The combination of unfinished stone ceilings and brutalistic, boxy shelves make for a visually interesting combination in this underground wine cellar. The bottles are stored behind bars for added security, which may not be necessary for the average home wine cellar, but is prudent for those who are storing rare vintage bottles with a high monetary value.
Italians certainly know their wine, and this cellar located in Costigliole d'Asti in Italy’s Piedmont province shows that they have as much of an appreciation for how it’s stored as how it’s made. The space features terra-cotta-colored bricks and pale wood floors, with a large rustic table in the middle of the space where people can gather to enjoy a bottle—perhaps accompanied by Italian cheeses and charcuterie.
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