One of the most convenient places in the home to store wine is in the kitchen. Yet knowing the best storage solutions for storing wine safely and securely can be a little tricky, especially with so many options available.
In this article I’ll share with you a brief overview of the top wine storage ideas for your kitchen which will incorporate both functional and decorative considerations.
But first, here are some core principles you need to bear in mind about keeping wine in the kitchen.
Principles of wine storage
Wine should be kept out of direct sunlight and positioned in a dark area. Hot sunlight can cause premature ageing and destroy the taste of an expensive wine. It can also cause the label to fade, which would be unfortunate when sharing with guests or passing on to someone else.
Temperature fluctuation is also a problem. When an environment regularly goes from hot to cold, and anything in between, then this can also spoil the wine. Ideally the temperature of the space in which the bottle resides should remain as constant as possible.
Wine bottles should be kept on their side and not upright. This ensures the corks remain moist and swollen, thereby preventing air from getting to the wine (as well as leaks).
Wine should not be moved around too much. A lot of movement and vibration causes certain chemical reactions in the wine which spoils the taste and aroma.
Kitchen wine storage ideas
And now, here are 7 wine storage possibilities you can incorporate into your home’s kitchen.
1 Wine coolers
An electric wine cooler ensures your wines remain at a constant temperature most suitable for their preservation and ageing. Wine coolers come in a wide variety of styles and sizes, which can suit just about any kitchen, large or small. There are large capacity free-standing wine coolers as big as a wardrobe and there are small ones which can sit comfortably on a kitchen countertop.
2 Free-standing wine cabinets
Wine cabinets resemble traditional cabinets found in the living room or bedroom. Except where shelves are usually found, there are instead wine bottle racks. These attractive furniture pieces are usually made of wood – oak being a popular choice – and can be matched with existing furniture in the kitchen. Many come with drawers for storing wine accessories such as corkscrews and table mats.
3 Kitchen island racks
Kitchen islands are a popular and versatile feature in kitchens these days. They act as a central focus in one of the most used rooms in the home. Islands can also be used as storage centers, especially when it comes to the safe keeping of your favorite wine bottles. Many kitchen islands come with in-built wine storage racks which provide both functional and aesthetic benefits.
4 Free-standing wine rack grids
As an alternative to the bulker wooden wine cabinets, you can instead select from a wide range of free-standing wine rack grids. These can be found in both wood and metal, and in numerous different structures and designs. Some of my favorites have hexagonal slots for each bottle while others are circular or diamond shaped. From traditional ornate iron racks to minimalist foldable wooden grids, there’s something for every décor taste.
5 Wall wine racks
Wall wine racks are often similar in style to their free-standing cousins but are, as the term suggests, attached to the wall. Wall based racks can benefit smaller kitchens and provide a nice eye-catching decorative element. Wall racks come in a huge array of designs, from smart restaurant-style wall ladders to very simple and hardly visible metal racks.
6 Wine racks in kitchen cabinets
Instead of focusing on wine racks as individual features in the kitchen, you can instead add wine storage into existing furniture. For example, if you only have a few bottles at any given time, you can add half a dozen rack slots to the side of an existing cupboard or shelf area. This is something you can also get a kitchen design professional to incorporate into your new fitted kitchen.
7 Wine drawers
If you’re not too fussed about showing off your current wine collection to visiting guests, then a wine drawer can be a great way to keep your kitchen free from wine bottle ‘clutter’. As wine bottles need to be kept on their side anyway, drawers allow for optimum storage potential. These wine drawers can be fitted to wall cabinets and kitchen islands, without anyone even knowing there are wine bottles inside.
Wine storage solutions
These 7 wine storage ideas for the kitchen are just a few of the wonderful ways you can store wine in your home. Wine bottles can add decorative appeal to a kitchen, especially for wine connoisseurs. Why not consider one or more of the above wine storage solutions when improving or remodeling your kitchen.