Storing a Wine Collection

Storing a Wine Collection

By Weston Cooper,

Storing wine is not for the faint of heart. It can be a meticulous task because of the many factors that can affect the quality of wine while it’s being stored or aged. These factors include light, humidity, temperature, and vibration. Many experts would even argue that bottle orientation is important when storing wine.

If you’re a wine aficionado who doesn’t want to deal with all the hassle of storing wine in the perfect conditions, maybe a storage facility is right for your wine storing needs.

Optimal Wine Storage Conditions

The first place to start when storing a wine collection at a storage facility is choosing a facility that offers climate-controlled units. The climate control feature is specifically designed to maintain proper temperature, humidity, and light exposure. Some can even be monitored and adjusted by the tenant via Internet access, which means you can be certain that your wine is getting the attention it deserves without having to visit your unit every day.

The best temperature for storing wine is anywhere between 50-59 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be difficult to achieve when storing wine at home. With a storage unit, it’s easy to maintain this specific temperature range.

Humidity is important as well, though experts have varying ideas on exactly how humid wine storage should be. What they do agree on, however, is if your wine is stored in a location that’s too dry, the cork may dry out and allow oxygen to enter the bottle, which will spoil the wine.

Both sunlight and incandescent light can cause faults in wine, which is why many wines are bottled in darkly tinted glass. Wines that come in light green or clear bottles will be more susceptible to light and should be kept in a dark place, in which case, you’ll want to find a storage unit where lights won’t always be on (Yes, even unit security lights).

Professional Help

One of the best things about going with a storage facility is that they really know what they’re doing. Not only do they have the resources available for storing wine, but they also have experts that can give you great advice. Storage facilities that specifically cater to wine enthusiasts can help you determine exactly how long you should age a certain type of wine—they might even notify you once your wine has achieved aged perfection.

Some facilities also have experts that can appraise your wine collection, so if you ever wish to sell a few, you’ll know how much each bottle of wine is worth after aging.

So if you’re ready to start aging the wines in your collection, or if you just need a better solution than storing your wine collection in your basement, it’s time to start looking for a storage facility. You’ll find that these facilities not only have the technology to store your wines in optimal conditions, but they also have great storage experts who can help you every step of the way.