Are you looking to expand your wine collection, but lack the storage space at home to grow your own vintage? Well, believe it or not, storing alcohol in your storage unit is completely acceptable in many storage facilities.
But storing your wine collection is not as simple as storing boxes of seasonal decorations. With the right features and steps, you can make sure your wine ages as fine as the saying goes.
1. Start by finding the right storage features for wine
There are some key things that a storage unit can offer that your closet or crawl space at home can’t: moderate temperatures and additional protection. This is all done by the right security features.
Start by finding a climate controlled storage unit for your wine. This feature maintains a moderate temperature and humidity level. If your wine gets too hot, the sugars in the alcohol can break down, meanwhile freezing temperatures can also cause further damage. Look for that sweet spot of 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit.
After you protect from the elements, start protecting from other people. Wine collections can be costly, so find strong security features such as electronic gate access, video surveillance, and onsite management to protect these expensive investments and collections.
One final note: it’s preferable to find an interior unit to avoid exposure to too much sunlight. Some facilities may even offer special wine vaults or storage units.
2. Store your wine bottles the right away
If you’re storing your wine for the long haul, store it on its side. This is to help the cork from drying out as it will be in direct contact with the liquid wine. Unless you’re renting a wine vault, this may require purchasing wine racks or cubbies to store within your unit to hold the wine.
There are a few exceptions to this rule. For instance, if you have a bottle with screw on cap or plastic cork, go ahead and store it upright. This is also acceptable if you plan on enjoying that particular bottle sooner rather than later.
3. Tips for removing your wine
One final tip: if you’re removing your bottle after a long time in storage, be sure to avoid unnecessary vibrations. After years of storage, sediment can form. Vibrations will cause this to breakup and mix in through the wine. Don’t worry too much about picking up the bottle—you can’t avoid that—but avoid any further vibrations if possible.
If you’re storage facility is near a busy road or train track—or if you’re in a region that’s known for earthquakes—you can add padding to the floor underneath your wine racks or cubbies, securing them to the ground, or keeping your vintages low to the ground and in individual boxes.
By using a storage facility for your wine, you can grow your collection without remodeling your home or taking up valuable space in your apartment, and with the right steps and features, you can keep your collection for years and years.