Self-Storage: How to Store Wine

Posted on: 27 February 2017


If you have a large wine collection but no longer have space for it in your home, you may be considering moving it to a self-storage facility (just make sure you facility allows you to store food and drink items). Below is a guide which will help you to keep your wine in top condition while it is in storage.


The most important thing to consider when placing wine into storage is the temperature it will be kept at. The temperature of a bottle of wine can affect the rate at which it matures and with certain vintages, the wrong temperature could ruin the bottle. Most professional wine cellars aim to keep their wine at around 13 degrees Celsius, so you should try to do the same. At home, it can be difficult to control the temperature of wine unless you have an air conditioning system in your cellar. However, a modern self-storage facility will typically have a temperature controlled environment, which will allow you to store your vino at the perfect temperature.


If you are storing bottles of red wine which contain sediment, it is important that they are exposed to as little vibration as possible. Vibration can cause the sediment to move around the bottle, impairing the taste of the wine. You should ensure that the wine racks you assemble in the storage unit at properly cushioned to prevent unnecessary vibration.

Light Levels

It is important that your wine is stored in low light levels. If a bottle of wine is exposed to direct sunlight for any period of time, it will quickly become undrinkable. The heat from the sun drys the cork and allows oxygen to enter the bottle, spoiling the wine. If a wine bottle is sealed using natural cork, you should store it on its side to so the wine inside the bottle keeps the cork moist.

Racks and Crates

While it is possible to store wine in stacked crates, storing wine on racks will allow you to easily access and read the labels on the different bottles of wine in your collection. This will make it much easily to select a particular vintage.

Hiring a self-storage unit is a great way to store wine. By taking a few simple steps, you can turn a standard storage unit into a fantastic wine cellar. If you would like to find out more information about the many benefits offered by a self-storage unit, you should contact a storage company today.