Wine Storage Tips

Wine Storage: Wine Barrels

IDEAL CONDITIONS FOR PROPER WINE STORAGE

Wine Storage Temperatures
Cool temperatures ranging from 55 - 60 degrees Fahrenheit are considered to be optimal for the biochemical development that occurs as fine wines mature.  Most importantly, temperature fluctuations should be minimal and gradual.

Darkness
Ultraviolet rays penetrate wine bottles and cause the tannins to oxidize, resulting in irreparable damage to fine wine.

Humidity
Maintaining the right humidity of 60-70% inside the wine cabinet is important for the optimal storage and aging of fine wine. When conditions are too dry, the cork can become brittle and shrink, thereby allowing wine inside the bottle to oxidize. When conditions are too humid, wine labels can become damaged and mold can grow inside the cabinet.

Environment
Clean air is vital for the preservation and storage of wine, which actually breathes through the cork in the bottle. When the doors of a wine cellar are closed, the environment should be airtight and sealed to protect and preserve the wine inside the cellar.

Vibration
It is best to minimize the movement of wine bottles while they are being stored and aged. For this reason, fixed racks are preferable to sliding racks for long-term storage and aging of wine.