Custom Wine Cellar and Wine Storage Design

Bold, beautiful and personalized. We’re here to make your wine storage special and unique – and a true reflection of your vision. Our selections are stylish and tasteful, traditional or modern. Wine Racks offers timeless wood solutions and contemporary metal racking systems, all installed with ease.

Our experts are here to help. We work with you to create custom displays that fit your space, style and specifications. Our knowledge is deep. With over 25 years of experience designing projects ranging from complete wine rooms to closet conversions and more, we bring your ideas to life.

Whether you know exactly what you need - or need some guidance - we're your complete resource for wine storage, display, accessories and more. Installation is easy if you're a DIY-type, or can be done by your local contractor. We have many dealers across the country, just ask us to recommend someone in your area.

Wine Cellar Racking Products

Premium Series Cellar Racking

Our signature wood selections, for a professional-grade experience. Made in USA

Prestige Series Wine Cellar Racking

Our popular versatile racking system, available in a variety of stains/finishes.

VintageView

Classic yet contemporary, a stylish storage and display choice.

Pine Value Series Cellar Racking

Reliable and attractive, a solid choice for any setting.

Small Capacity Wine Racks

Free-standing wine racks, perfect for just the right location

Request a Custom Design

Let’s get you going. We’ve created a design form that will help us better understand your needs. It only takes a few minutes to complete. Our design experts will then start to create your wine storage plan to fit your exact space and specifications.

We will respond with acknowledgment via email within 24 hours of receiving your inquiry (M-F). If we have any additional questions before we can start a design, we will let you know. Designs typically take 48 to 72 hours – and then we can discuss how to begin. If you prefer, please call us directly at (845) 658-7181 or send us a note

Our Designs Include

  • Free unlimited phone or email design consultation
  • 1 Free 3-D Color Wine Cellar Design Layout presentation including plan view and elevations
  • 1 Free revision of Wine Cellar Design (if necessary)
  • Wine Cellar Design content list including racks, trim, dimensions and estimated bottle capacity
  • Quote for cellar upon approval of design

Additional revisions beyond the first design revision will require a minimum deposit of $125. The design fee will be applied as a credit toward your final purchase. Ask us about Financing Options and Installation Services (available in some areas)

Wine Storage Design Request Form

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Building a Wine Cellar

Your wine collection is a source of passion and pride.

Have you always wanted to build a wine cellar in your home? Maybe convert a closet or a little niche under the stairs? We can help with everything you need – big or small - to build your dream wine cellar in any size space.

Details are so important. The enjoyment of your wine will be maximized and your investment will be preserved with a little planning ahead. Our Wine Cellar Guide outlines proper wine storage conditions and provides the necessary details to create and maintain the perfect conditions for the best storage of your favorite wines (champagnes too!)..

Download Our Guide On How to Build a Wine Cellar

Types of Wine Cellars

There are basically two types of wine cellars

  • Passive Wine Cellar - no environmental temperature or humidity control
  • Active Wine Cellar - active environmental control of temperature and humidity

Ideal Wine Cellar Conditions

Whether you have a Passive or Active Wine Cellar, we recommend an average temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit for all wine storage. Cooler temperatures won’t damage your wine but will slow its development. Keep in mind, a temperature of 65 degrees or more will have a negative effect on wine the longer it’s stored.

The ideal humidity in your wine cellar should be 60-70%, but anything over 50% is acceptable. High humidity, 80% or more, may cause mold to form on the corks and bottles. The ideal long term wine storage should avoid heat, direct light and vibration.

Ideally, your space can accommodate these conditions year round. If not, consider investing in a wine cooling unit and humidification system.

wine cellar framing

Choosing a Wine Cellar Location

The best location for a wine cellar is below ground level in a basement, generally where cooler and more humid conditions already exist. A corner of a basement, with two exterior walls and free of windows, is ideal. Wine cellars built above grade simply require special attention and materials to properly insulate and seal the room thoroughly.

Wine Cellar Construction

Unless local codes dictate otherwise, standard 2 x 4 framing is sufficient for R13 insulation; ideally R19 should be used for insulation, thus requiring 2 x 6 framing. Electrical work should be completed to code prior to insulation and drywall.

Insulation

A Vapor Barrier is critical in controlling the humidity of your wine cellar. This barrier keeps the higher humidity from flowing out of the room, and prevents warm and moist air in (especially in high temperature and humidity areas) - eliminating excess condensation buildup from the cooling unit.

If you have access to both sides of your stud wall, you can install the vapor barrier between the studs and the warm exterior wall. Otherwise a 6 mil poly/plastic (sold in rolls or sheets) should be stapled over the studs before the insulation is applied. The interior walls of your wine cellar should be insulated with a minimum of R13 for 2 x 4 framing and preferably R19 insulation in 2 x 6 framing. If you live in areas of very high summer temperatures or very low winter temperatures, we recommend that you insulate with R19 (minimum) and R30 where your framing allows. Ceilings should be insulated to a minimum of R19. Concrete walls and floors should be sealed with a "paint on" sealant (such as "DryLock") to seal all cracks.

wine cellar insulation with access to both sides of studs wine cellar insulation with only interior access to studs

Typically, 1/2" plywood sheeting will be secured to all walls (after electrical rough in and insulation) to anchor your wine racking, but it is not required if using nailers between studs. Although a standard 1/2"– 3/4" sheet rock may be used, it is highly recommended that you use moisture resistant "green board". Your wallboard may be finished with a quality oil base or latex enamel paint. We do not recommend installing a baseboard as the racking will be flush to the entire wall and include a toekick molding.

Types of Wine Cooling Units

Wine cooling units are available in several different configurations. Take some time to choose the best one based on your cellar location and size. Wine cooling units work similar to air conditioners - they add cool air to the room and exhaust hot air. Most cooling units can be installed if you’re handy, with the exception of the split systems. For proper operation and effectiveness of your cooling unit, it is important to get the right size unit for your space, with a proper insulation and vapor barriers.

types of cooling systems
  • Through-the-Wall Cooling Unit - installed through a hole in a wall and exhausted into another room
  • Fully Ducted Cooling Unit - allows you to mount the cooling unit remotely (in a ceiling or utility room) and uses ducting to both blow the cool air in and exhaust the warm air out
  • Split System Cooling - works like your home central air conditioning. Half of the unit is located inside the cellar and the other half is located outside of your home. These units usually require installation by a certified HVAC technician.

Our Wine Guardian & WhisperKOOL lines of cooling units have options for adding additional humidity if your location tends to be drier.

Shop Our Complete Selection of Cooling Units

Choosing The Right Wine Racking

Wine Bottle Sizes & Storage Options

Your favorite wines come in different shapes and sizes, so it’s important to choose racking that will best store your collection. All of our wine racking is designed to comfortably store most standard 750ml bottles. We also have created specialty racks for storing splits and magnum or larger (our Premium Cellar Series collection and our Custom racking line). Alternatively, for storing a wide variety of bottles, our cellar cubes and bin racks are always a great solution..

wine bottle sizes
Bottle Size Wine Type Racking Recommendations
350ml
2 3/8" dia.
Dessert wines, splits Prestige Series Cellar Racking
Premium Series Cellar Racking
Advantage Series Cellar Racking
Pine Value Series Cellar Racking
Cellar Cubes & Stackable Racks
750ml
2 7/8" - 3 3/8" dia.
Bordeaux, Cabernet, most Whites and Reds, smaller Champagnes Prestige Series Cellar Racking
Premium Series Cellar Racking
Advantage Series Cellar Racking
Pine Value Series Cellar Racking
Cellar Cubes & Stackable Racks
1.5L
3 9/16" - 4" dia.
Magnums, larger Champagnes, Turley, other wider bottles Premium Series Magnum Racks & Bin Racks
Cellar Cubes & Stackable Racks
wood species - pine, oak, mahogany, redwood and black walnut

*Redwood available in Prestige Series Cellar Racking Only
**Black Walnut available in Premium Series Cellar Racking Only. Longer pieces on Black Walnut racking may include finger-joined material

Wood Species

We offer several choices. Our racking is constructed of solid wood, with no stain or finish. Unlike many manufacturers who use a soft wood and then apply a finish to get the look of mahogany or other hardwoods. We offer custom stains and finishes available upon request.

  • Pine
  • Mahogany
  • Redwood*
  • Oak
  • Black Walnut**