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- Horsesense - 11-12-2007 06:26 PM

I am building a house and putting in a wine cellar. I still am working the floorplans. It will be built into the hillside part of the garage, all below grade. I'd appreciate tips on design, features, furniture, racks, etc.

- andrawes76 - 07-07-2011 04:16 PM

working on creating an industrial cooling system and personal cooling system video to help people on this thread. stay tuned ;-)

- hotwine - 07-07-2011 08:21 PM

My cellar is an old bomb shelter about 60 yards behind the house. It's refrigerated and insulated now, but its location remains a nuisance. If I'm hauling a few cases to the cellar, I usually drive the truck as close as possible to it, then hump the individual cases along the foot-bridge leading to the cellar, set them down to open the steel outer door, and teeter-totter down the narrow (but short) stairs to the inner sanctum. If I were building a house into a hillside, I would put the cellar against an exterior wall and bring the driveway right up alongside the cellar's outside entrance; and have a 36 inch wide outer door for deliveries. Access from inside the house would be by a wide staircase from the butler's pantry.

Don't worry about finding a "wine-specific" cooling unit; I'm using an industrial split system of the type normally found in restaurant or supermarket walk-in coolers. A local refrigeration contractor can handle design and installation for you.

One gotcha to be aware of: most wine cellar cooling units can only handle a temperature differential of 20 degrees between the ambient room temperature and the target cellar temperature; any more than 20 degrees, and the cooler will work overtime and result in a very short lifespan for your compressor.

Good luck and please keep us posted on progress.

RE: Wine Cellar Design - Larry McCoy - 01-20-2016 04:57 AM

Hi Horsesense,

I also have a huge collection of wine and so I am aware of the fact that Proper storage system is very crucial for wine storage.
The design and features of your wine cellar totally depends upon your collection. Different types of wine cellar are available according to your collection size.

For storing up to 12 bottles of wine Haier 12 bottle dual zone with smoked glass wine cellar is perfect and it cost around $180. I am also using the same. It is best for storing red and white wine.

If you want to buy some other wine cellar just make sure that those are well equipped with latest temperature and humidity control systems. Ideally 55 degrees Fahrenheit temperature is best for storing wine. If you want to know more about features and designs available you can visit

Enjoy surfing

RE: Wine Cellar Design - Jackie - 01-20-2016 10:42 AM

Hi Larry,

Welcome to the Board. We'd like to hear more about your wine collection. the

I checked out the web site you mentioned. Nice site with good information... Is this your company?

A little self-promotion is ok here but we'd prefer and appreciate your wine knowledge, tasting notes, etc., as WW said.

Please come back and let us know you are a real participant.

Thanks & welcome!