Drinking a really good wine can be fabulously rewarding, no two wines will every really taste the same and as temperatures sore due to climate change vineyard regions will be faced with a decision to move or change grape. Falling in love with the perfect Cabernet or Bordeaux could mean the start of a collection for some. As fears grow in the wine industry over access to water irrigation due to continued extremes in weather causing drought conditions that will effect the future of some grapes, saving those last favorite bottles may prove a wise investment.
The climate scientist Gregory Jones of Southern Oregon University has calculated that average growing season temperatures in the world’s 27 leading wine regions have increased by 1.3°C over the past 50 years. More worryingly for many wine producers, he predicts a further increase of 2°C by 2050, with even greater rises in parts of Australia, the Iberian peninsula, southern France, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, Sicily and California, all of which may struggle to make drinkable wine, thus wine collecting may become more fashionable and rewarding within the next few years.
Not merely an exercise for the most wealthy among us, wine has become a good investment market, with the addition of a residential bespoke wine cellar installation adding great value to British homes in the region of £15,000 + along with the thrill and excitement of finding new wines to add to the collection (not to mention the satisfaction of enjoying them)
A great collection can be as individual as the bespoke cellar the wine is placed in, with a variety of ways to maintain energy efficient running temperatures depending on the size of space and collection quantity. Perfectly aging wine can be tricky if conditions are not right. Temperature is key for wine cellar design, cool and consistent with minimal fluctuation will avoid great wines becoming corked. Ideally between 10c and 15c for storage will age wine perfectly, with higher temperatures speeding up the process. Humidity also plays a key factor in wine storage design, the natural stopper (cork) can become dried out without the appropriate atmosphere therefore during wine storage the cork must be kept moist.
Other important factors in bespoke wine cellar design is light, with bottles becoming adversely effected by UV rays over long periods of times. Darkness therefore plays a key roll in perfect wine storage solutions and wine cellar installation. Often, bespoke cellar systems use a great level of innovation to attain a balance between such conflicting and finite factors. it is possible however to build an aesthetically pleasing bespoke cellar that stores a magnificent collection using off the shelf or split system air conditioning units.
As wine becomes a commodity, wine investment in great wine is pointless without investment in a great space to store it in.