How do you build a bespoke wine cellar?

The process of building a bespoke wine cellar begins with an on-site meeting with an ExTerra Veritas wine cellar consultant. After measuring your available space and discussing how you’d like to use it, we’ll put together a bespoke wine cellar design for your approval.

In terms of wine cellar installation, there are various steps we undertake. Before we begin the all-important aesthetic element, we seal floors, install vapour barriers, fur the walls and make the room airtight. Then, once we have the perfect base to work with, the real work begins - creating your luxury wine cellar.

Does a wine cellar need a vapour barrier?

Absolutely. Whether you’re installing a refrigerated wine room or simply transforming an existing basement into an underground wine cellar, vapour barrier is a must. The barrier creates separation between the cooler environment inside your cellar and what surrounds it, preventing moisture transference.

Does a wine cellar increase home value?

In our experience, adding a wine cellar increases your home’s value by substantially more than it costs to install. Not only is the wine cellar itself a selling point, but it also adds to the home’s luxury appeal, encouraging higher bids among potential buyers.

How do you control the temperature of a wine cellar?

Our bespoke wine cellars utilise a cooling system that maintains stable conditions inside the wine room. Depending on the size of your wine storage space, we will recommend the best HVAC unit for your space and efficiently install it with minimal disruption to your home.

What makes a good wine cellar?

A good wine cellar must be well ventilated, yet free of drafts that disrupt the temperature controlled environment. The ideal location for wine cellar installation is a naturally dark area of your home that, importantly, is protected from vibrations, noise and smells. Vibration, either through movement or soundwaves, can impact the quality of your collection as it agitates sediment within the wine.

How big should my wine cellar be?

The answer to this question is entirely dependent on how you wish to use your wine cellar. For general storage, we recommend dedicating 1ft2 of space per 10-15 bottles of wine. So, while a small collection of bottles could be stored in a bespoke wine cellar as small as 25 square feet, a 500 square feet wine cellar could store as many as 5500 bottles.

What are the smallest wine cellars available?

No matter how small the space, we can find a wine storage solution that meets your needs. When space is at a premium, you may want to consider converting a wall of your home into a refrigerated wine display. Suitable for short-term storage of wine that is intended for consuming, this option offers both functionality and a luxurious addition to an entertaining room.