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In the wine world, there is nothing quite as eye-catching, romantic and innovative as the spiral wine cellar that can be found beneath the floor. If space is at a premium above ground, then an underground wine cellar that is capable of storing over 1,000 bottles, might be what you’re searching for. In fact, in France alone, more than 20,000 of these spiral wine cellars have been installed as well as more than 2,500 in the United Kingdom.

underfloor-trapdoor-wine-cellarA British company aptly named Spiral Cellars has been creating these underground wine caverns since 1981. The concept was originally born out of a design by Frenchman, Georges Harnois, in the late 1970s. He discovered that people wanted a place to store their wine in homes that were often lacking cellar space.

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wine-cellar-underneath-floorThe result was a perfectly insulated spiral staircase wine cellar that could be accessed via a trapdoor from any chosen room in the home. It requires absolutely no power to maintain and is in many ways similar to the old Roman style of underfloor heating and cooling. Once installed, it requires no more action, other than the adding and subtracting of great wines.

glass-trapdoor-to-wine-cellarThe cellar itself is made out of concrete and has a waterproof lining to prevent damp as well as resilient to outside temperature changes. You can read more about how this spiral wine cellar works by taking a peek at this fun interactive diagram.

how-trapdoor-wine-cellar-worksI must say, I am very impressed with this concept and would one day love to have one of these spiral wine cellars installed beneath one of my floors. The entertainment value as well as the functional aspect is immense. They add a whole new dimension and interior to the home. Interior rooms where the spiral wine cellar trapdoor can be installed include the floors in the living room, dining room, hallway, kitchen, library and also the garage.

Hat/Tip: Home Designing