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How To Build A Wine Cellar (The Basics) PART I

February 13th, 2013

And helloooo Wednesday! Because you guys asked for it, it’s our How To Wednesday once again. This time, we’re going to be doing it once a week, so keep your calendars posted. Better yet, bookmark the blog for easier browsing ^_^. Today, we’re going to talk about the basics of building a wine cellar. This is a definite must-read for those who are still in the planning stages with their wine cellar projects. If it’s your very first time to undergo such a project, then there are a few essential things you’ll need to know. That way, you won’t be glossing over the more crucial details and end up regretting the results.

STEP 1: Determine the LOCATION of your wine cellar.

Is the location an important factor to consider when building a wine cellar? Actually, you can build a wine cellar anywhere in your home. In this aspect, location isn’t such a big deal. However, the location can influence just how much expense you’ll be putting in for the construction and maintenance of your cellar. For example, if you build it in the coolest and most humid place in your home like the basement, you probably won’t need to spend on a bigger and more expensive wine cooling unit. But if you build in a much warmer and drier environment, then you’ll have to consider frequent introduction of humidity and better environment control. If possible, build your cellar in a section of your home where you can get closest to 55°-58° F temperature and 55-75% humidity.

STEP 2: Consider the INSULATION of your wine cellar.

Insulation is INDISPENSABLE to the existence of any type of wine cellar. You cannot keep your bottles in the best of storage conditions without proper insulation. Here, you’ll likewise have to take into account the correct installation of your vapor barrier. A complete newbie would do well to ask for assistance from professional wine cellar design specialists. WCI has a team of professional specialists providing for such installation and assembly services. Nonetheless, here are some vital points you must keep in mind:

  • There are two common methods for wine cellar insulation and vapor barriers. Spray foam or 6 mil vapor barrier and fiberglass batts.
  • Spray foam is the more expensive option, but it’s also the more durable one.
  • If you prefer to go for fiberglass batts, install a 6 mil vapor barrier on the back side of your wall studs before lifting them into position.
  • The ceiling joists have to be wrapped in you’re using fiberglass batts.
  • Ensure there are no air gaps between the insulation and drywall for either method.


The racks and other furniture will come in later. The more important thing to decide at the early stages of the construction would be the type of wine cooling system you’ll use. Why is this so? The installation will vary, depending on whether you’re going for a ducted or ductless unit. Remember that your main goal is to have total environmental control in your wine cellar to help your bottles achieve their peak taste. You can only do this if you select the right wine cooling system AND install it properly. For example, if you’re going to use the WineZone ducted Air Handler, you will need to run the ducting and line set at this stage. The ducting will be in the wine cellar, running to the air handler that is normally placed in a mechanical room. But if you’re going to purchase the WineZone ductless split, then you will need to run the line set. The line set is run from the ductless split location to the condenser location. Note that standard condensers are located outdoors, but an indoor option is also available.

Whoops! We’re far from done yet. This is just the FIRST PART of this How To episode. A wine cellar project should never be half-baked. Tune in next week for the second installment and for more practical tips on how to build your wine cellars the right way. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so don’t forget to check out the blog for a Testimonial Thursday surprise just for the day of hearts! We hope you liked this episode. Catch you guys next week! *Cheers*