Specialty wine storage is a service provided by a limited number of self storage facilities. It involves the secure and proper storage of bottled wine in optimum temperature and humidity conditions.
The type of wine stored varies from everyday wine to premium wine stored for long term investment purposes. Wine storage is used by every type of wine consumer - from those who have a few cases under the stairs, to the small to medium investor with a private collection, right up to the commercial customer storing large quantities for retail purposes, such as a restaurant or reseller.
Three critical environmental conditions for wine storage:
- Humidity should be strictly controlled with an acceptable range from 65 - 75% RH.
- Temperature stability is a key factor for wine storage. The temperature should not be too cold as this will hamper the development of the wine. Conversely, if the temperature is too hot it will cause the wine to develop too quickly. Ideally, the thermostat should be set for 55 degrees Fahrenheit, plus or minus one degree.
- Light will prematurely age a bottle of wine. Ultraviolet light (even from fluorescent bulbs) may give wine unpleasant aromas and ruin it. Remember to turn the lights off when you leave your climate controlled unit if the storage unit does not automatically power off.
Climate controlled storage ensures that temperature and humidity remains stable, and that your wine will only get better with age. One final tip: Store your wine horizontally (label up, to see any sediment that settles) so that the cork stays moist. This will minimize the possibility of the cork cracking and undesired air entering the bottle.
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