Backup Generator for Wine Storage

By Colette Rector,

When you’re aging your wine collection to perfection, you can’t afford to have it spoil due to bad storage. That’s why you invested in a climate-controlled storage unit, which allows you to keep your wine collection between 45°F and 65°F—the best temperature range for long-term wine storage.

But did you ever consider what would happen to your unit’s climate control if, say, the electricity at your storage facility went out? Your wine collection could be sitting for hours in an environment that’s too hot, cold, or humid until the power comes back on, and by that point, several bottles, corks, and wines could be beyond saving.

This is why it’s important to check with your storage facility to see if there’s a backup generator.

If you live in an area affected by unpredictable weather, you can never be too careful when it comes to storing your wine collection. While climate control can protect your collection from external conditions, it doesn’t mean your collection is safe from Mother Nature knocking out the power. Thunderstorms, floods, and earthquakes can all extinguish the power source that keeps your wine safe in your storage unit.

In addition to weather problems, general electrical issues can occur in your area from time to time. Rodents munching on power lines, a car accident that takes down an electrical pole, and brief lapses in energy can all hit your climate-controlled unit if there’s not a backup generator. While some of these issues can be addressed and fixed almost immediately, you never want to take the chance of going without power for longer than an hour.

If you’re currently storing your collection in a climate-controlled unit (or you’re in the process of looking for a unit with climate control), it’s a good idea to ask your storage facility operator if there’s a backup generator. In most cases, there should be. But it never hurts to ask. After all, you’ve made an investment in your wine collection. Don’t let it get destroyed because you didn’t check to see if your facility was prepared for the unexpected.