You’ll often see interesting spaces in homes turned into a display. But keeping the wine at a controlled temperature is critical to your investment being enjoyable. Once home owners start discussing the variables such as temperature, climate control and humidity, the next logical step is often building a wine room. A traditional wine cellar is designed to store wine and showcase a collection. It is a unique space to appreciate a collection of vintage wine. To keep and enhance the flavour of the wine, a controlled temperature, humidity, lighting and racking are required. However, those same conditions aren’t necessarily optimum to the wine-tasting experience. A hybrid wine-tasting room is a cross between a cellar and a room, for more social gatherings. Using a variety of materials ranging from wood to glass, some of the most impressive wine rooms are works of art themselves. A typical wine room holds 200-300 bottles. More luxurious and innovating additions can enhance the space with displays of art collections, which often require similar temperature and humidity controls. Popular layouts see a glass partition between the cellar and the tasting area. F O R T H E L O V E O F W I N E 6 | 7 Keeping the wine at a controlled temperature is critical to your investment being enjoyable. From temperature-controlled bespoke wine rooms to a tasting space, enjoying wine and keeping its flavour intact are paramount to ensuring a collection retains its value. Choosing to show off their most prized bottles of wine, fine wine lovers are commissioning luxurious wall displays in their homes. Where once a standard wooden rack was sufficient to keep wine, today’s collections are displayed as art. Inspired by fine hotels and restaurants where wine installations are akin to fine art, with a budget to match, the modern wine wall is truly a focal point of design. Travel the world and you will notice that wines are no longer hidden in a back room. Home owners are taking this idea and re-creating their favourite experiences at home. Especially popular in wine growing regions such as in Western Cape, South Africa and Napa Valley, California. ABOVE A selection of wine rooms, from spare rooms to underground or bespoke temperate controlled, glass walled spaces.
LPS Magazine April 2018
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