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Wine Walls, Rooms & Pods

Storage Options For Your Wine Collection

According to Knight Frank 2016 Wealth Report, in the last 12 months there has been a 241% increase in investment from high-net-worth (HNW) and ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals in fine wines.

Whether purchasing for pleasure or as an investment, it’s essential to store wines correctly in order to keep them in their best condition.

Over the years our team’s experience designing the ultimate in wine cellars has endowed us with some valuable insights, for anyone who’s serious about their grape juice. In this feature we provide an overview of the differences between wine walls, rooms and pods.

Wine Walls

An option that typically occupies the least space at home and therefore is very effective at beautifully displaying small wine collections. Mirrored paneling, integrated backlighting and seamless framing can make such cabinets particularly elegant when placed on show in kitchens, under the stairs or within a tall atrium. Whilst these cabinets can be made to be climate controlled, their typical positioning in homes often exposes them to daylight and may always be suitable for housing any investment wines.

Wine Rooms

Dedicating an entire room of your home to a wine room is surely reserved for those with suitably large bottle collections. With this option connoisseurs might enjoy the opportunity to house tasting and entertainment space within the climatic-controlled walls of the wine room, so that the full experience can with least risk of exposing valuable wines to the outside atmosphere. Furthermore unless a wine room features a light well, wine rooms are typically cut off from natural light and this often benefits the preservation of wines over the long-term. The spatial luxuriousness that a wine room provides allows maximum levels of comfort and luxury to be built in to the design.

Wine Pods

A halfway house option that between a full wine room and an elegant wine wall. Wine pods create climatic-controlled enclosures within the confines of part of an existing room, without occupying it entirely. There are plenty of examples of studies, dining rooms and kitchens that have all been partitioned typically with a custom cut piece of glass to separate wine pod from the remaining space. Glass’ transparency allows the pods to feel more like a feature of the room, as opposed to a separate room that impedes on the sense of spaciousness.

Final Thoughts

Whilst the archetypal wine cellar comes complete with stone walls and arches that are buried deep below the foundations of the building, modern day designs and construction materials vary considerably and are made bespoke by utilizing the expertise of many different design disciplines. Architects and designers can help their client’s make informed choices about the different routes open in storing for consumption and investment their wine collection.