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Sharing our knowledge
There is a lot to consider when embarking on a wine cellar project, therefore our best advice is - If In doubt, get In touch.
We want to share our knowledge and experience with you, and have compiled a list of FAQ's below.
Does my wine room need to be below ground? +
No, with the correct planning we can create perfect cellaring conditions for your wine in virtually any space above or below ground. * see FAQ #3 for ideal conditions
How do you deal with natural light that could affect my wine? +
Firstly we try to position the wine wall as far away from a window if feasible, especially avoiding any south facing windows with direct sunlight & heat. On top of this, if required we can install a UV film to either the wine wall glass, or your windows, which filters out 98% of UV light, but remains crystal clear.
How big or small can a wine wall be? +
LENGTH - Our minimum width for a 2 door wine wall is 1.2 metres, and we can make the wine wall as long as your wall is, there is really no limit, however the average larger wine wall would be 4-6 metres in length.
DEPTH – Our minimum depth for a temperature controlled wine wall is 450mm, however with some designs we need to increase the depth to 600-800mm.
HEIGHT – Our maximum height is generally around 3.0m for a regular wine wall, however if you have a higher space, do get in touch.
Do I need a different temperature zone for cellaring whites to reds? +
No, in fact all wine types (red, white and sparkling), are recommended to be stored long term at the same constant temperature between 11-15 degrees. Lifestyle choices in relation to serving temperatures generally determine the best storage temperature for you.
What are ideal conditions for long term storage of wine? +
- Humidity between 60-75%
- Avoiding exposure to natural light (note – we have solutions to address this for above ground solutions such as UV filters on glass).
- Avoiding vibration
What type of cooling systems can you offer? +
We are experienced climate control specialist engineers, with cooling systems designed specifically for us by our technicians. We believe no other European company can claim the level of technical solutions and expertise in this area. Our systems include:
- Split type air cooled
- Split type water cooled
- Ducted systems
- Room vented stand-alone systems
- Our unique custom-built wine wall evaporators which are designed to be more quiet, compact and reliable than off-the-shelf evaporators. They also create an even flow of cool air into the cabinet, thus avoiding hot spots.
What kind of first fix services are generally required? +
Every project varies depending on the property and cooling system, therefore we strongly recommend contacting our consultant for advice specific to your property, however the most common first-fix service requirements are:
- Lighting feed
- Water supply
- Drainage for condensation
- Clear duct routes if required for our refrigeration pipework or cabling.
What kind of insulation is required to prepare my wine room? +
Room preparation requirements can vary depending on your property, therefore we strongly recommend contacting our consultant for advice specific to your property, however generally speaking here are the main critical room preparation requirements:
- Thermal insulation:
Cellar must be insulated with a minimum thermal insulation of U-Value: 0.34 W/m2 K, such as with Celotex 65mm foil backed or equivalent.
- Vapour barrier:
There must also be a vapour barrier, such as plastic sheeting to form a complete vapour & insulated envelope, in which the indoor unit would be installed.
- Insulated cellar doors:
We recommend glass panels and/or doors be double glazed units if possible, to maximize energy efficiency & allow greater temperature control. The doors must be fitted with gaskets to create a complete air seal. NOTE: Frameless single glazed glass may be used under some circumstances, however please be aware of potential issues with condensation should the internal temperature be set too low and/or the outside temperature be too high.
- Thermal breaks:
Thermal breaks should be installed between underfloor heating & temperature controlled environment. Other underfloor heating zones we suggest should be 400mm away. Any foreign heat source (e.g. hot water pipes, hot ducts) must be fully insulated/isolated from the climate controlled zone.
Any drainage and/or sinks fitted with the cellar by others must be fitted with waterless traps e.g. HepvO®.
What are some other planning considerations? +
There is a lot to consider when planning a wine wall, therefore the best advice is get in touch with us early, to avoid missing anything that could be disappointing or costly for you.
- You may need planning permission from your local authority for an outdoor condenser unit, so it pays to check this in advance.
- Keep under-floor heating well clear (consider thermal breaks or at least a 400mm clearance. If possible separate the underfloor heating circuit next to the wine wall, so that this can be individually adjusted.
- Be aware of natural light especially south facing windows.
- Fireplaces and radiators should be kept well clear
- Weight – this can sometimes be overlooked, but keep in mind that 500 bottles of wine weigh about 500kg, plus the weight of the wine wall cabinet which could be significant, therefore ensure there is sufficient structural support under-floor.
- Any foreign heat source (e.g. hot water pipes, hot ducts) must be fully insulated/isolated from the climate controlled zone.
How much does a wine wall cost? +
Costs vary hugely depending on size, complexity, materials and design, however our starting price for a wine wall is around £25,000, and can be as much as £80,000 or more.
How much does a wine room cost? +
Costs vary hugely depending on size, complexity, materials and design, however our starting price is around £25,000, and can be as much as £300,000 or more.