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The World’s Best Wine Cellars: The Weird, the Wonderful and the Wacky!

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Ah, wine! Whatever gets you through the week, we say. But these days, it isn’t just about your collection but where you store it.

And we have to say it: a standard fridge or modest-sized wine rack will no longer cut it when it comes to impressing your dinner guests. Instead, it’s just got to be a cellar bursting with beautiful bottles.

The great news is, wine cellars don’t have to be dark and dull. You can add interest to any space in the home with a well-designed cellar that meets your needs and looks the part, too.

To give you some much-needed inspiration when it comes to your perfect wine cellar, we’re taking a look at some of the world’s weirdest, wackiest and most wonderful.

To help you decide exactly which wine cellar you’d opt for if you came into some serious money, we’ve sectioned this piece up into a whole host of fun categories. Read on…

The Seriously Swoon-worthy

Wine Cellar with built in bar in CaliforniaThis category needs no real introduction, really. In it, we share the wine cellars that are seriously swoon-worthy; the kind of cellars that make you want to show them off to guests and, you know, just hang out in there round the clock. You don’t even have to be partaking in wine drinking.

Some cellars are big, some are smaller, but they’re all gorgeous to look at. Have a browse and see if there’s one you could envisage in your own home…

Wow, just wow! The Business Insider is waxing lyrical – and rightly so – about this pretty impressive-looking wine cellar (pictured above and via the link) with a built-in bar. It features 1200 bottles, which would definitely take some going at – but hey, it’s good to have choice.

On the very same site was this equally stunning Georgian mansion, located on the West Coast of Australia and featuring this pretty awesome wine cellar – that’s some wine collection!

Wine cellar in the West Coast of Australia

The Small but Still Functional

If space is of a premium in your home, never fear. Wine cellars don’t have to be large to be functional and nice to look at. You could go for a modular-shaped cellar, or a square or rectangular unit that comes ready-made.

Or you might opt for an above-ground cellar as opposed to a traditional one that you need to tread carefully down some (usually) creaky old stairs to get to. Hopefully our ‘small but still functional’ section will get the creative (grape) juices very much a-flowing.

Underground wine cellar

Now here’s an option for those who are short of space yet don’t want to scrimp on style (left). This genius storage option for wine looks the part and does what it says on the tin, too: stores wine with ease.

Top London chef Mark Hix is a fan – and this wine cellar, while it may look small, can hold over 1,500 bottles at any one time, too.

We’re heading to California now and taking a look at this small but perfectly formed wine cellar (below), which ticks all the right boxes when it comes to style and practicality.

If your home or apartment is modest in size, you could always make use of the height of your rooms. In doing so, it ensures storing anything from wine to trinkets, ornaments and everyday items is so much easier.

This Californian homeowner has made use of rustic-looking wine boxes on the bottom shelf of this tall wine cellar – a great idea if you’re looking for a quirky yet great value way to store your collection.

Small Californian wine cellar ideas

When it comes to storing wine, drawers are a great option. Helping to free up room in an otherwise modest-sized space, drawers offer a fuss-free way to ensure your wine is out of reach of small children.

Wine cellar drawers storage solutions

Again, using the height of a room to great effect, this wine ‘cellar’ is less a cellar and more a utility cupboard or spare room. What that means for you is no room is off guards when it comes to creating the ideal space to keep your wine collection.

This beautifully backlit wine cellar – seen via the Pegasus Lighting site – shows just what you can do with an otherwise-small house or apartment.

Make the most of the height of a room and you really will be able to squeeze a lot of wine into your home – result

Backlit wine cellar design

The ‘James Bond’ Wine Cellar

Now we’re talking! Isn’t this section the one you’ve all been waiting for…

Here’s the ‘James Bond’ choice of wine cellar; the space that puts gadgetry at its very heart. With a home fit for Mr Bond, you’ll always be ready to welcome guests around to sample your finest Beaujolais.

Take a look at some of these gorgeous rooms – and their equally gorgeous wine cellars…

The James Bond-esque cellar is all about the ‘trap door’. Gadgetry at its absolute finest, this wine cellar – found via Pinterest – is hidden down a flight of stairs via this pair of doors in the middle of the living room. Mind you, you’d have to be careful negotiating those stairs after a glass or two.

Trap door style wine cellar

Sticking with the trap door theme, this homeowner (below) has made a feature of their wines by having a transparent circular entryway installed in their kitchen. This is the stuff your wine-based dreams are made up of.

Transparent wine cellar design

And last but not least on the trap door/secret lair front is this James Bond-inspired wine cellar via

Again, available to enter via a ‘secret door’ from the kitchen, this cellar makes use of the underground space of a smaller home, so as not to take up any of the ‘living’ areas.

James-Bond inspired trap door wine cellar

The Biggest and (Quite Possibly) the Best

The child within you is probably itching to see some of the wine cellars in our next section, which features some of the biggest and even – quite possibly – the best spaces out there. Get ready to drool…

Bespoke wine cellar design with neon lights

A bespoke project via Focus Wine Cellars, Neon Nights near Istanbul is a rather modern-looking cellar which features wine bottles on a set of curved cut glass shelves. Add to that hidden LED lighting and you have yourself a fairly futuristic wine cellar.

This one has been built for one of Turkey’s most prominent businessmen. It can be found in his ‘entertainment room’, which also features colour changing lights to perfectly complement the mood he’s in. There’s also a ‘vapour barrier’ and ‘thermal insulation blend’ with custom-built air conditioning in this cellar too. This ensures the comfiest conditions for living and, of course, for storing those wines.

Private resort wine cellar design

As seen on the World of Wine site, this impressive wine cellar (above) can be found in the private Indian ocean island resort of Huvafen Fushi. Located in the Maldives, this is certainly some wine cellar.

It’s eight feet underground and features 6,000 bottles of wines from across the world. If you have a spare $2,000, you can enjoy one of the cellar’s best wines, which are displayed in golden coloured floor to ceiling storage racks.

The OTT – but We Love Them Anyway!

We couldn’t write this article without mentioning some of the most OTT wine cellars out there. Let’s just say this: there are LOTS – and here’s just a few of our favourites from around the Internet.

Now here’s a creative way to use wooden crates! We love this wine cellar, which we spotted on a Pinterest board, via Houzz, which doesn’t look too costly in terms of materials used and is certainly an OTT way of using old wood.

Creative wooden wine cellar design

If modern living’s your thing, you’ll love this contemporary wine storage solution via BuzzFeed. It makes use of perfectly circular holes in the wall and adds a real touch of sophistication to the room.

Practical yet really pleasing on the eye, this cellar has a modern wine lover’s name stamped all over it.

Contemporary hole in wall wine cellar solution

Ouch! This one’s kind of making our eyes hurt (below), but just look at it! This ‘cellar’ can be found in Le Cirque restaurant in New York City and it’s jam-packed with bottles of wine from around the world. We could just move right in.

Restaurant inspired wine cellar

Houzz always comes up trumps on the style front, with a host of fun and useful tips for your home or garden. We love this cool and quirky wine cellar, seen below, which you enter via a trap door (again, very James Bond-esque) via the living room of this modern apartment. While some may love this contemporary take on the traditional wine cellar, others might hate it.?

Wine cellar stairs

The fact is, if you’re looking to overhaul your home with a brand new wine cellar, you can do a lot worse than check out some of the links above. Whether your available space is modest in size or fairly generous, you’ll have a lot of fun organising your favourite bottles of fizz in your very own wine cellar.

And if you’re after some more inspiration, make sure you take a look at Houzz and Pinterest for some handy ideas.

Now I think we’re just about ready for a well-earned tipple. Ours is a dry white wine…

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  • Stan Ivanov

    Great stuff and great ideas.
    OTOH most of the ideas are done on a big budget, very often at a cost not an issue base.
    The main purpose of a cellar is to store the wine in near perfect condition for longer at a reasonable cost.
    It’s no wonder why the great cellars of old (Burgundy, Champagne, etc) are underground, dark, cold and so on.
    But they achieve the main objectives easily – the wine is kept at constant temperature and humidity without any energy input.
    What else these cellars also have is low light and low vibrations, almost equally important factors in wine storage.

    The designs presented above are very interesting, some very attractive, some wonderful and practical at the same time and no doubt will appeal to many wine collectors.

    The best part is that article like this will help more people to appreciate their wine more.

    Well done!