The term “Wine Cave” has quickly become a buzzword thanks to a few newsworthy political candidates mentioning it during a presidential debate.

After hearing so much talk about wine caves, you may be curious about what a wine cave is, what makes it special, and how you can incorporate one into your home.

The ideal wine storage solution is a wine cave. According to Wikipedia, a wine cave is a “subterranean structure for the storage and aging of wine.” The reason wine caves are so vital for the wine industry is that they naturally create the best conditions for the aging of wine; they are cool, humid, dark, and allow the wine to rest uninterrupted for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, wine caves require a lot of logistics and resources to build. If you do not have the space, time, or budget, here are some storage solutions by Vinotemp that allow you to create the same conditions on a slightly smaller scale.

The VinCave

If you are fortunate enough to have room for a cellar, consider the VinCave. Available in both 200 and 450 bottle models, the VinCave is a buried wine cellar. This system is installed on the ground or basement level and, just like a wine cave, uses the constant temperature of the soil to cool its bottles. The wine cellar opens using an electric motor and is secured by a 100% stainless steel door. The LED lighting is included to add mood and allow you to view the contents of the cellar without affecting the temperature of the bottles. Both models are constructed from European grade materials.

Traditional Wine Cellar

Wine cellars were designed to mimic the conditions of a wine cave. Ideally, a wine cellar is located in a spot that receives little to no direct sunlight. This can be a basement or room that is protected from the hot afternoon sun. Insulation and a sealed door are added to help maintain the conditions inside the room. Sturdy and stylish wine racking in a variety of materials is used to organize bottles. The true workhorse of the wine room is its cellar cooling system. Incorporating modern, patented technology, Wine-Mate wine cellar cooling units will maintain a constant temperature of 55◦F and 50-75%RH, perfect for the aging of wine.

Wine Cabinet

A space-saving alternative to a wine cellar or wine cave is a wine cabinet. A wine cabinet is a furniture style wine cellar with many of the same features; insulation, sturdy wine racks, lighting, and a cellar cooling system. Wine cabinets are compact and make a gorgeous addition to any dining room, bar, living room, or man cave. They are customizable, making it easy to match the style of your space.

Wine Refrigerators

The final and most popular alternative to a wine cave is an appliance that can easily fit in your kitchen or bar – a wine cooler. While wine coolers cannot be customized, they are available in a variety of capacities and styles. If you are new to collecting wine or just want to keep a few bottles out for guests, consider a 7-bottle wine cooler or a countertop cooler. For serious wine collectors, we recommend Vinotemp’s 300-Bottle Dual-Zone Wine Cooler. Whether you are on the market for a small capacity wine fridge or a larger unit, Vinotemp’s wine coolers have many of the same features as a traditional cellar including lighting, temperature control, racking, and insulation.

While many of us do not have the space or budget for a wine cave in our homes, there are many storage solutions that can create the same conditions. Whether you are on the market for a small countertop wine cooler, wine cabinet, or in-ground wine cellar, Vinotemp has an option to meet the needs of your collection while working within your budget. Shop our site or contact us today at 1-800-777-8466 or email [email protected].