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FAQ- Common Questions about Building a Wine Cellar:

Q: Why does a wine cellar need special construction?

A: The ideal home temperature is around 70° F with around 20 - 30% humidity levels. The ideal wine cellar temperature is 55 - 58° F and between 55 - 75% humidity. In order to maintain the separation of these different environments special requirements are needed in the construction of the wine cellar.


Q: Where should my wine cellar be located?

A: If your plans do NOT include conventional humidity or temperature control the location is not too significant. However, heat, light, and vibration are harmful to wine over long term storage. It is best to pick the coolest spot in the home and a room where you won't need to cover over windows and away from any excessive noise. All the factors will save you on construction materials and energy usage of your refrigeration system.


Q: When should the refrigeration unit be installed?

A: During the rough framing of your wine cellar is most economical to run the refrigeration and drain lines. The installation of the actual refrigeration system is normally done after the room has been dry-walled.


Q: Why do I need a vapor barrier in my wine cellar?

A: This is the most important and usually most overlooked part of the wine cellar construction. The wine cellar has 55 - 75% humidity and the rest of the home has 20 - 30% humidity. The vapor barrier keeps the two parts separated and ensures the higher humidity in the wine cellar does not migrate to the lower humidity outside the room.


Q: Who can build the wine cellar properly?

A: Any builder can construct the wine cellar as long as they follow our construction guidelines. The materials needed for a wine cellar are common in home construction. For example the room requires an exterior grade door and "green board" instead of dry-wall. These are common building materials for home construction; just the application is a little different.


Q: How do I prepare the room to be wine cellar?

A: Here you will find step-by-step instructions on preparing a room to be a wine cellar. If you have additional questions you may e-mail them to us and we will have our installation manager contact you or your builder to discuss specific questions that you might have.


Q: How do I assemble the wine racking?

A: You can do it yourself or have our Factory Certified Installer do if for you. (Simply contact us for an install quote.) Either way, all of our wine racking series (custom and kits) come with a complete and detail assembly guide. And we are always available to answer your questions via email at night or on the weekend, just send us your questions!
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