Do you consider yourself somewhat of a wine enthusiast? Do you often have a number of different varieties and types on-hand, ready to pair them with whatever meal or activity you’ve got planned? If that’s the case then it’s also important to think about storage. While you may be vaguely aware of the fact that the way you store wine will affect how good it tastes, did you know that if it’s not stored correctly in the right conditions and temperature, you can actually ruin it?

For those who have started to invest in better quality wine with a higher price tag, it would be a real shame to think of it going to waste simply because it wasn’t stored properly. So with that in mind it’s well worth your time to look into how to properly store your wine.

Keep the Temperature and Humidity Regulated

When choosing a place to store your wine in your home you want to be sure the wine is in an area that doesn’t get below 7 degrees and above 21 degrees. Too hot, or too cold will ruin the flavour and nose of the wine. Usually white wine is stored a little cooler, but it you have white and red that you are keeping together then you can aim for the middle at 12-13 degrees.

You also want to pick an area that has humidity of around 70%, again not allowing it to go too far above or below this mark.

What Position Should the Wine Rest In?

There is often a question as to what position to store the wine in. This depends on whether the wine has a natural cork or not. For those wines that do have a natural cork you want to be sure it is stored flat. The cork must remain moist, so lying flat ensures this.

Light Conditions

Wine should always be stored somewhere that doesn’t get a lot of light, certainly not direct sunlight. It’s also a good idea to pick a spot that doesn’t get a lot of vibration. You want the wine to be able to rest and not be moved around.

When Home Storage Isn’t Enough

If you find that you’re quickly running out of space, or you have a large variety of wine that requires completely different storage conditions, then it may be time to look at storing it in one of the professional wine cellars at a place like Octavian Vaults. Octavian Vaults allow everyday wine enthusiasts and collectors the ability to have their wine stored in a professional facility that is located 100 feet below the hills of Wiltshire. What this means is that your investment will be protected and you won’t have to worry about any of your vintages spoiling and losing their value. This is ideal for those of you that love collecting.

Protect Your Investment and Take the Proper Steps

Taking the time to look into how to properly store your wine means you’ll be protecting your investment and making sure your collection retains its value, and can be enjoyed whenever you like.


Cheryl Posner is the owner of Winey Mommy. Of course, she loves wine, her family, and writing about it all (in no certain order).

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