Properly Storing Wine

Wine collecting involves time, money, and effort. Without climate-controlled wine storage, your bottles may lose flavor and value. Check out for wine storage. How should wine be stored? Is establishing your wine storage easy? Exposing wine to oxygen causes oxidation and deterioration by aerobic microbes.

Wine Storage Tips

These tips will help you organize your wine collection.

Don’t Use A Conventional Fridge

Your kitchen refrigerator isn’t suited for long-term wine storage. It stays below 4°C (39 F). This will prevent wine from maturing.

  • Once frozen, wine pushes out the cork, exposing it to oxygen.
  • Refrigerator humidity levels are modest and might vary throughout the day.
  • Food and drink can cross-contaminate scents.

A wine refrigerator is necessary for long-term wine storage. It maintains 10 to 15 C (50 to 59 F) humidity and temperature.


13oC is ideal for storing wine. Most wines have distinct needs. Red wine needs 12 to 19 C (53 to 66 F), while champagne needs lower temperatures. No wine should freeze or heat above 68°C. Long-term storage rules out kitchen wine racks and regular refrigerators.

Horizontally Store Bottles

Keep corks wet by storing bottles horizontally. This keeps oxygen out of the bottle. Horizontal wine racks save room if you have an extensive collection. Metal or plastic bottle tops can be stored however you like.

Protect From Vibration

Even tiny motions and sounds can change the aging process of wine stored outside a cellar. Even in a basement, vibrations might damage your collection. This is true near a subway or highway.

Control Humidity

Since 6000 BC, wine lovers have stored their wines in underground terracotta jars, caves, and underground wine halls. A modern wine cellar isn’t as dramatic but recreates similar storage conditions, including ideal humidity. Keep a pan of water in dry areas or sprinkle your cellar floor with water.

Open Bottles

Minimize bottle openings. Make sure your wine glass rack has a bottle opener, decanter, and stemware if you want to open a bottle of wine. Close the bottle carefully before storing it. Check for more information in proper wine storage methods. Here’s how to minimize bottle openings:

  • The wax paper helps the cork return to its natural position.
  • Rubber stoppers (in case of missing or damaged corks)
  • Wine vacuum pumps remove all air from bottles.
  • Once closed, store it at the same temperature and humidity as before.
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