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Has anyone purchased a wine room, worth the investment?

Posted by tb76, Nov 4, 2011.

I have started collecting some wine and know I will move in the next 3-5 years. I have been looking at walk in wine rooms rather than building in a cellar. Has anyone tried one, reviews? reccomendations?


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 5, 2011.

I haven't purchaed one for myself but have helped in the purchase and instalation of two for friends. It's a pretty big investment so I would seriously consider how deep into wine buying you plan to get but if you're comfortable with the price of one of the unit I think it's a realy good option to consider.

They are relatively easy to dismantel and reassemble so that is a definite plus for someone who plans to move, and the are capacious, alleviating one frequent problem with wine storage, you never seem to have enough of it!


Reply by MReff, Nov 5, 2011.

Roughly speaking, I would say somewhere in the neigborhood of around $20k for a 10 X 7 room.


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Nov 6, 2011.

I was talking about the $5000 models, If I had the money I'd be down with the $32k version though!

Reply by 2 Wine Lovers, Dec 12, 2011.

We've been enjoying wine for over 40 yrs now, and as we drank & learned more about it by visiting wineries & frequenting restaurants that offered 'tasting dinners', we soon found ourselves buying our favorites 'by the case' to save money.  As we had to move often during our 2 careers in the Navy, the only time we spent money storing wine was when we 'left it behind' in a Washington, DC wine store's cellar during 2 separate tours to Hawaii. 

Over the past 20 yrs, we've found that a room in our basement (with the heating vents closed in the winter & the A/C on in the summer) hasn't done any harm at all to our collection, including some great bordeaux that go back to the 70's!  The key to our success has been temps no higher than 60 or so, along with the natural seasonal humidity of the DC area.

Now as full-time retirees, we'd rather spend our $'s on WINE rather than storage space!  Simple wire racks with plastic neck labels are more than adequate for us keeping track of what we have.

Reply by Tim Camp, Jan 3, 2012.

Check out some of Vinotemp's or other brands' stand alone wine chillers. They range from about $400 to over $20,000 depending on capacity and options. At any rate, you can take your stand alone with you when you move.

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