Kinds of Commercial Wine Storage

| August 30, 2011

Wine storage in retail wine and hospitality settings should not only store wine properly, but make it readily available to customers. There are several commercial wine storage options for restaurants, retail stores and wineries that maximize storage space and complement any decor.

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Solutions for Small Spaces

| April 18, 2011

Not every house has room for a wine cellar. Or, maybe you live in an apartment. In either instance, finding a suitable place to store your wine collection requires a little creativity. Consider these ideas for wine storage in a small space.

Take to the walls. If your house or apartment lacks floor space, hang a wine rack or wine cube on the wall. Just remember to use heavy duty wall anchors and to pick a site that’s located well away from the heating vent and air conditioner.

Look inside a closet or armoire. A walk-in closet is a great place to install a home wine cellar, but if you don’t have even that much extra space, consider using all or part of a linen closet, or even a piece of furniture to store your wine collection. Freestanding wine racks can be inserted into an armoire or a linen closet. What’s more, you can take your “wine cellar” with you when you move.

Look under and on top of the furniture. Look at all of that “dead” space under the coffee table. Match wooden wine racks with the style and finish of your furniture and set one on the bottom rung of the coffee table instead of the usual books or photo albums. Alternately, a wine rack adds style to your dining room atop the sideboard.

What Size Wine Cellar Will Hold My Wine Collection?

| March 9, 2011

[caption id="attachment_645" align="alignleft" width="347"] The size of your wine collection will help you determine the size of your wine cellar.[/caption]

Before you begin finalizing your wine cellar plans, it’s important to calculate the probable size of your wine collection. Figure out how large or small you would like your collection to be and the number of bottles you are currently storing. This will help you estimate the cost, size and materials needed to construct your wine cellar. A large-scale wine storage area isn’t necessary if you are planning on storing a few bottles in your home.

For smaller collections, there are a few options. Consider smaller storage options or wine racks to store your wine in an existing space in your home. Wine should be stored away from heat sources and vibration if possible. Wine cubes also work well for smaller wine collections and can easily be incorporated into the décor of any room. See our tips on storing wine for the best ways to store wine in your home.

Consider a larger wine cellar if you already have a decent amount of wine, plan to grow your collection or buy wine in bulk. Buying cases of wine is a good way to save money versus buying bottles individually and can give you access to vintages that may not be available later. Wines that age well in a wine cellar are also a wise purchase, as it can be enjoyed at a later time. For recommended aging times for common varietals, see our post on wines that age best in a wine cellar.

Use our wine cellar construction chart to help get an idea of how many bottles you can store in a certain amount of space. For example, a five foot by five foot room (with 25 square feet) will have 19 feet of usable wall space and store approximately 500 bottles. A five by ten foot room will hold about double the amount of wine bottles.

Another thing to consider is the size of the bottles you’ll be storing. Will you have all standard sized bottles or some magnum (1.5 liter) bottles? View our wine bottle sizing and storage chart to see what size bottles fit in each of our wine racks.

Add Dimension to Storage With Wine Cubes

| November 5, 2010

Looking for a stylish alternative to traditional wine racks? Wine cubes are a great way to add a new dimension to your wine storage. They can easily be incorporated into any commercial design along with traditional wine racking, but also make great storage for residential settings, restaurants and wine cellars, too.

The wine cube inserts are fully interchangeable, making their options endless. They can be stacked or mounted to the wall for a contemporary look. Convex and concave cubes are available with diamond or cubbie inserts. When mixed and matched together, they create a great visual display that resembles a wave-like pattern. Vigilant offers several accessories, including side shelves and end shelves to display wine bottles using cubes.

As another option, Vigilant has packages available including a wave end table, side table or island. These items double as furniture and wine storage in one and are a stylish addition to any room.

Here are some ways wine cubes can be used in retail settings:
State of NH, Hampstead

Vino di Vino, MA

Bottles, RI

Vigilant’s All New Wine Storage Wave Cubes

| April 13, 2009

Vigilant’s new revolutionary wine wave cubes are a new twist on traditional wine storage. Designed with fully interchangeable inserts and multiple accessory options, the wave cube creates wine storage with endless creative possibilities. Wave cubes are perfect for your wine cellar, living space, retail store or restaurant.

Our convex and concave diamond and cubbie wine storage cubes provide a stunning visual display of your wine and mirror a wave when stacked together. Contact a Vigilant sales consultant today to find out more about this exciting new product.

The Vigilant Wave Cube