Not only the connoseurs of good wines, but also everyone that appreciates the good advantages of the home wine or the boutique wine from the stores, knows how important it is for the wine to be preserved in the right conditions. Only then it manages to keep it‘s qualities and taste. That‘s why the number of home wine cellars is bigger.
Requirements for wine-cellars – revetment and pavement
So that the wine can keep it‘s qualities, it is necessary to maintain a constant temperature and humidity. Most suitable for such conditions are the wine-cellars and the basements, which can also be transformed in stylish wine-cellars.
It is of utmost importance to provide natural material for revetment and pavement. We recommend you gneiss from Ivailovgrad. This is a material, that matches insulating properties and waterproofness with a beautiful design in two color schemes – golden-beige and silver-grey. The gneiss slabstones for pavement are with different length, which will give you opportunity to form the surface of the floor as in the old Bulgarian houses. And for revetment you can use cuttings from the gneiss offered by Valmarg Stone. They are also with different lengths . The cuttings are less thicker – between 1 and 1.5cm, and the slabstones for pavement are thick between 3 and 5 cm.
Shelves and cupboards
In the wine-cellar you have to provide shelves. There are climatic cupboards for storage of the wine bottles but you can also start first with the forming of the revetment and the pavement, and for a special cupboard you can put aside means at a later date.
The requirements for cupboards are to be the height between 70 and 90cm. They have to be located in such a way that the wine in the bottles can have a continuous touch with the corks. The cork of each bottle has to be in continuous touch with the wine. This is one of the most important requirements for storage.
The humidity and the temperature
Those two factors have to be strictly obeyed, according to the requirements.
The humidity in the wine-cellar has to be between 75% and 85%. To keep an eye on it‘s quality, put a hydrometer in the cellar..
The temperature that has to be maintained in the wine-cellar depends on the kind of the wine. For quality red wine the requirement is 18 degrees, for young red wine and rosée – between 14 and 16 degrees, for quality white wine – between 10 and 12 degrees, and for foaming wine a temperature of 6 to 8 degrees.
Protection from sunlight
It is significant for the home wine cellar to be without windows. The UV rays quicken the oxidation of the tannin in the wine, and this leads to worsening of the taste, especially if the wine is white. An important requirement of storing the wine is to turn the bottles every six months.
The long-term wine producers know not only the rule of the continuous touch of the cork to the wine. Another important requirement is the bottles to be turned every six months. This also helps to maintain the quality and the taste of the wine.
If you are planning to load the wine-cellar with wine from the store
In first place, you have to check if the wine you have chosen, will have the ability to nature. It is important to see if the cork of each bottle is humid a.k.a. touches the wine if the cork is dry, the wine in the bottle isn‘t of good quality anymore.