March 21, 2020 2 min read

A Checklist To Keep You On Track When Constructing A Wine Cellar 

Well executed wine cellars take into account design and proper construction. And if something is going to go wrong with your wine cellar, it will most likely be due to poor construction. Taking a holistic approach to designing and constructing a wine cellar is key to avoiding common problems that can lead to major issues down the road. Here’s a checklist to keep your wine cellar construction on track:

Insulation and Vapor Barrier

If you’ve worked with us you have heard us say that what happens behind the walls is the most important part of a functioning wine room. There are industry standards in materials, R factors and application methods that must be followed in order to maintain the optimal temperature and humidity levels for wine storage. This also helps prevent condensation and mold from developing behind the walls.

Refrigeration Sizing and Selection

Refrigeration first – that’s our motto here at Vineyard. Our sizing methods take into account cubic feet, R factors in the walls, ceiling and floor, bottle turnover, distance between the refrigeration system and the wine cellar, lighting plans and more. In the early stages of the project we plan for the entire refrigeration system. This includes electrical needs, ductwork, line sets, intake air, warm air exhaust, thermostat, sensors and seamless integration of supply and return air into the wine cellar design.


We install all kinds of doors from solid wood to frameless glass. Once again, it boils down to proper materials and installation methods. The type of door in your wine cellar is also factored into a detailed refrigeration sizing. The wine cellar door protects the environment inside the cellar. This certainly deserves the same attention you would give an exterior door that protects the rest of your home from the climate outdoors!

Wine Racking

We see a lot of wine cellar projects that lead with wine racking design. We’re on Pinterest, we get it. But trust us when we say, lead with a comprehensive plan for construction of the wine cellar. Then approach the interior design with the confidence that you fully understand the necessary elements of a functioning wine cellar and how to seamlessly integrate them into the design.

Sequence of Construction

By now you have a sense of the many aspects of wine cellar construction:

  • Electrical
  • Insulation
  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting design
  • Racking design
  • Glass walls and doors

A proper sequence of construction will help to avoid rework that costs time and money. Whether we’re constructing a wine cellar turnkey or collaborating with a builder or general contractor, we document and communicate a clear sequence of construction to ensure the project stays on schedule and on budget.

In summary, the key is to plan ahead and mind the details. We’re excited to put our proven approach to work for you! Contact Vineyard Wine Cellars today by clicking here or calling 866-973-1100.

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