In our very first discussion with any wine collector or restauranteur, we’ll ask about goals for wine storage capacity. Building capacity in your wine cellar is a major consideration in the footprint of the wine racking, type of wine racking selected and configuration of the racking. When it comes to selecting and designing your wine racking system, there are no wrong answers. Here are some factors to consider when you’re weighing your options:
In wine storage lingo we talk about single, double and triple deep racking. If you want your bottles positioned with the labels in view, going 3-deep is a great way to increase bottle count. Storing bottles 3-deep requires about as much depth as storing cork forward bottles single deep. If you prefer your bottles cork forward, storing bottles tandem or one behind the other is a great way to build capacity. This configuration requires about 26 inches of depth which is often available in walk-in wine cellars.
We often hear concerns about wine storage that exceeds a typical 6-foot reach. Most ceilings we encounter are 8-10 feet which means there’s unused storage space above 6 feet. Consider a ladder with a rail system so you can easily access the higher bottles. Or, store the wines you’re aging for the next decade up high and bring that ladder in from the garage occasionally when you’re ready to bring some of those bottles down. Professional tip: A case of wine weighs nearly 40 pounds. Best not to plan for case storage above your comfortable reach.
Configure for Capacity
Bulk wine storage such as rectangular bins are the most efficient form of wine storage when it comes to building capacity. These larger openings require less racking material which allows for more wine. And who doesn’t want room for more wine? Our most popular wine storage configurations integrate bulk storage for capacity building and individual bottle storage for displaying your favorite bottles.
Choose your Racking Wisely
There are many racking systems available on the market today and they vary when it comes to bottle capacity. Racking systems that offer bulk storage or have dense spacing will drive more capacity than less dense racking systems. We often find ourselves integrating different systems to ensure we meet our clients’ storage goals and align to their design aesthetic.
There’s a lot to think about when you’re planning your wine cellar and building capacity in your wine cellar is at the top of that list. Give us a call, we’d love to talk you through it.