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Wine Cellar Inspirations: Learning More About Wine Aging

October 16th, 2019

For wine enthusiasts, knowledge on wine aging is essential. If you’re not a veteran collector, that knowledge becomes even more necessary. You will need to understand the nuances of wine storage to ensure your bottles will age at a graceful pace. So today, we’re going to get inspired by some known and lesser know facts about wine aging.

Delving into the history of wine aging…

The history of wine aging

How did wine get stored during the early days when the concept of wine refrigeration never even existed? The earliest evidence of this comes from 7,000 year-old pottery jugs that were buried in the dirt floor of a Neolithic kitchen in Iran. In Rome, the people there used the “catacombs” for wine storage. But it was the French who actually began the practice of digging wine caves. These caves were designed specially to store wine. French people loved their wine with a passion, so they created caves dedicated for such purpose. As time passed,  wine collectors moved from catacombs to caves, and eventually, from caves to cellars.

Importance of wine cellar cooling system

This now brings us to the present-day wine storage system. Basements remain the most recommended location for storing wine bottles. The earliest basement wine cellars were called “passive wine cellars.” Passive wine cellars are actually underground ones, emulating the caves of the French period. These cellars use ground temperature to moderate the temperature swings and make the temperature swings seasonal instead of daily. Whereas refrigerated wine cellars can go anywhere in your house, a passive wine cellar must be located in a subterranean basement. This provided the best environment for wine aging with closest ideal temperature and humidity levels.

Wine ages best at a temperature that is both cool and constant. A temperature of 55° was determined to be the perfect environment for the chemical reactions that result in good wine. In addition, a humidity of around 70% is ideal for aging wine. Decades passed and we’ve also seen the evolution of these basement wine cellars into today’s modern ones. Obviously, not every home has a subterranean basement. So ordinary basements were transformed to wine cellars thanks to technology and the birth of racking products. Wine cellar cooling systems were developed to help maintain ideal storage conditions 24/7.

As society became even more tech-savvy over time, wine storage extended to other parts of the home. These days, you can build a wine cellar practically anywhere in the home, even in compact spaces. Closets, under stairwells, pantries – these can all be transformed into proper storage spaces for wine bottles. Vital factors affecting wine aging such as temperature, humidity, and light can now be controlled to the last degree.

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