The Best Wine Cellars Money Can Buy: A Guide
Sometimes, there’s nothing better than coming home from a stressful day at work and kicking back on the sofa, a glass of your favourite wine in hand.
While some of us have the odd bottle in our fridge or cupboard, others really stretch the boat out. So, what if you consider yourself more of a connoisseur? Maybe you like to have a variety of wines in the house to open on special occasions? That’s exactly where wine cellars come in – and with a wide range out there online, you’ll have all the inspiration you need. Plus, they’re often cheaper to install than you think.
Need some more inspiration? Here’s a look at some of the world’s more unique wine cellars, including – you guessed it – ours!
One of the most practical wine cellars, precast varieties, like the ones you see here on the Versatile Tanks site, are engineered and certified to meet the country’s Building Code requirements. If you’d like one, you can choose between a square or rectangular unit which comes ready-made and is ideal for use with above and underground cellars, or even those embedded into hillsides and sloped buildings.
Installation is Simple and Stress-Free
Wine cellars like ours come as one complete unit, meaning there is little to no fuss when it comes to installation, and transportation is quick and simple, regardless of where you’re based.
With the walls and base poured as one, precast wine cellars also eliminate the need for extra or unnecessary joins, which have been known to cause problems like damp, mould and leakage.
To minimise the chances of an issue like this arising, the internal and external units are coated to give an added barrier against moisture. These cellars are also ideal storage solutions for any home or business that needs a little extra space to hold equipment or even important, personal paperwork.
For those looking for a cellar suitable to bear a lot of weight, we offer a load-bearing cellar which, with a weight of 11.7 tonnes, can be designed to meet your specific requirements. This includes a choice of two entrances: a vertical door or lid access with steps, ladders or a staircase, like the one you see pictured below.
Want to customise your wine cellar? Revel Cellars craft traditional and contemporary wine cellars and have fans worldwide. With a wide range of innovative wine cellar racking systems, alongside an array of components ideal for both commercial and residential buildings, Revel wine cellars are functional and look the part, too.
If storage space is what you’re after, they come with sliding drawers with open-bottom doweled construction, which allows them to hold bottles side by side, horizontally or vertically depending on your requirements. As a bonus feature, they come with a patented Wine Wheel – a rotating wine rack. perfect for showing off your most-prized bottles!
If you’re looking for more choice in terms of style and layout, check out custom wine cellars are an option to consider. No matter how big or small your budget is, you’ll find something which works for you.
Some companies also have their own custom wine rack series, which offers you choice when it comes to displaying your wine collection. Why not chat to the Versatile Tanks team about how we can make your wine cellar-related dreams a reality.
Perhaps you’d like an ultra-modern and sleek wine cellar? If you have plenty of spare cash to flash, Spiral Cellars’ ingenious storage creations are the cellars of choice for many a celebrity. They’re favoured by a few famous names, actually, including London chef Mark Fix.
Designed in a spiral shape, the cellars can be made visible through the floor of your room, and can hold up to 1870 bottles. Meanwhile, the space can also double up as storage for kitchen equipment and whatnot.
While most wine cellars are only visible from inside a property, one of the most breathtaking can be found, and viewed, at Château Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux, France. Check out this avant-garde cellar, which stretches more than 19,000 square feet, and harnesses the power and beauty of natural light which reaches across specifically and artistically placed white concrete vats.
With the vats made of cement and pear-shaped and designed in several sizes, Cheval Blanc label each plot with a capacity, grape variety and plantation date. Why? It’s about expertly managing their huge vineyard with immense precision. What this does is allow them to test each variety against another, until they have the perfect blends for their products.
While many manufacturers and producers of wine cellars tend to draw on current ideas and styles, one company has injected a little nostalgia into its wine cellar storage options. Crown Wine Cellars in Hong-Kong have, using state-of-the-art climate-control technology, transformed a former war bunker into a secure home for a host of precious vintage bottles owned by their clients. Now that’s some wine cellar!
By being able to control the temperature and humidity within a quiet and stable environment, where there are no vibrations, CWC have used one part of their history to preserve another – and potentially for generations to come, too!
Owned by billionaire William Koch, who also has cellars in Aspen, Colorado and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, his now famous – well, some might say infamous – Palm Beach wine cellar pays homage to the European classics of the past.
The stunning cellar – just look at it! – is an underground labyrinth of custom-built arched doors and red brick. Housing one of the largest collections in the United States – 20,000 bottles of some of the finest wines ever made – this is a wine cellar not to be scoffed at! If you’ve got the money, why wouldn’t you go for one of these?!
With its unique U shape, Focus Wine Cellars spent seven months designing the stunning cellar, below, which is built into a property which overlooks the Istanbul Strait. It’s only accessible, though, via the mansion’s living room, and holds a collection of 2000 rare and fine wines. Not your average Friday-night bottles of wine, then.
Like the cellar in Hong Kong, temperature and lighting conditions are closely monitored to make sure the bottles kept within it are well looked after. One of the most eye-catching features of the cellar, aside from the wines, of course, is a quote on the marble floor at its entrance. It’s by Ernest Hemingway and it goes something like this: “Wine offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other sensory thing.”- we’ll second that! But then we would say that, working at Versatile Tanks, wouldn’t we?!
Preferring to keep their collection above ground to be admired by anyone who stops by the prestigious Radisson Blu Stanstead, the ‘wine-scraper’-style wine-cellar at one of the UK’s busiest airport hotels has been its focal point for quite a few years. It’s not hard to see why.
Holding thousands of bottles, the dramatic sea-blue tower, which seems to soar almost as high as a person can crane their neck, is only accessible by the hotel’s restaurant and offers those staying at the hotel a visual not to be forgotten in a hurry.
What do you make of the world’s most impressive wine cellars? And if you’d like your own, get in touch with our professional and friendly team.