Wine Cellar Racks



The final stage to building a cellar is selecting your racking. Now, I wish I had a great squealing-brakes sound effect here, followed by noise in rewind, since we should go back to the beginning for a moment. You’ll want to choose your racking before you lay out your walls, so that everything fits! Leave a bit of wiggle room, too, since many racking kits are routinely off by a ¼ inch or so, meaning it is sometimes difficult to squeeze in those last few units.

There are basically two issues you’ll have to consider when selecting your racks: Style and material. In a general sense, the style and material are linked. For example, VintageView-style racks are only made of metal. They display bottles sideways in single, double, or triple-bottle depth. It’s an interesting way to display bottles, but one that does not make for a great use of space.


Another metal option is the simple grids that attach to the wall and provide for single-bottle storage. I have used these units with good results, but with one glaring issue: The grids that I used were perfect for Bordeaux bottles, but Burgundy bottles generally didn’t fit in the slots, and if they did fit, their labels wound up scraped and torn. Not a big issue, particularly in light of the cost and space effectiveness of these units, but one worth mentioning.

In general, though, you’ll probably be installing wood racks in your wine cellar, so let’s take a look at the general types that are available.

You’ll likely find that you will be shopping for wall racks as well as aisle racking if your space is big enough. Let’s begin with wall racks. A note before we proceed: One option worth considering here is that almost all wall racking can be ordered double-deep. What's that, you ask? Well, double deep racking is just that, one bottle in front of the other. It’s a great way to maximize your use of space and is very cost effective. The only drawback is that you tend to bury your bottles a bit, resulting in either lost bottles or wasting of space when that back slot remains empty. It’s a system that is better used by those who are able to maintain a very organized cellar.

First Topic: Individual Wine Bottle Racking



This article is part of a series on selecting wine cellar racks:

I.    Individual Wine Bottle Racking
II.   Diamond Bin Wine Cellar Rack
III.  Rectangular Wine Cellar Bins
IV.   Wine Cellar Case Storage
V.    Aisle Wine Cellar Racking
VI.   Wine Racking Wood Choices

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  • For my best bottles I use clay piping designed for wine bottle storage. They run about $2.50 each and do a good job of keeping my wines at cellar temp. Those stored on my metal rack typically run about 5 degrees warmer in the summer in my basement. By the way I only cellar around 4 cases.

    Sep 08, 2010 at 3:21 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    That's a great tip DO.

    And if things get warmer throwing some water on those clay pipes can help keep things under control through some evaporative cooling.

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    Sep 08, 2010 at 3:28 PM


  • Snooth User: civiletti
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    It's way declasse, but I simply lay the corrugated carton on its side on wood shelving, unless the closures are increasingly popular screw-tops, in which case the bottles stand upright.

    Sep 08, 2010 at 3:43 PM


  • Snooth User: damman1
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    As you mentioned most people think of a cellar as a somewhat large room. We live in Las Vegas and typically have no basements. So since we don't need coats that much we converted a coat closet next to the kitchen into a cellar. Lots of modular cooling units out there. Great with friends over for dinner and a conversation piece. The racks and walls are cement and mortar that look like a southwest sandstone formation, you know Vegas they can fake anything with mortar. The bottle holes are sized to a champagne bottle to accomdate the Burgandy/Pinot bottles. Overall not ideal, but works great

    Sep 08, 2010 at 3:49 PM


  • Snooth User: outthere
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    Here in California it's important to keep your cellar earthquake resistant. Most racking system don't take this into account. I made blocks for the front edge of my storage shelves that have holes in them for the bottle neck to fit into. They easily attach with pins to the shelf keeping the bottles secure in a shaky situation.

    Sep 08, 2010 at 7:03 PM


  • Snooth User: tomibarra
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    For anything custom wine cellar related please feel free to look to http://www.cellarmaker.com.

    Sep 08, 2010 at 10:28 PM


  • Snooth User: trevor1
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    Here in Australia since the invention of the Stelvin (screw cap) and now the majority of wine is under screw cap. We can stand the bottle upright. Hooray it is wonderful blessing for cellars. Now you can read the label and find your wine. The sediment is all down the bottom of the bottle where it should be. You can even leave the wine in its box but make sure you only stack them 3 cases high. If stacked higher the bottom case will not stand the wait and the stelvin seal may break.

    Sep 09, 2010 at 7:37 PM


  • Snooth User: winecave
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    For anything custom wine cellar related, we are here to help:
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    Sep 14, 2010 at 5:34 PM


  • Snooth User: messygonzo
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    Those stored on my metal rack typically run about 5 degrees warmer in the summer in my basement. By the way I only cellar around 4 cases.

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    As you mentioned most people think of a cellar as a somewhat large room.

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    As you mentioned most people think of a cellar as a somewhat large room.

    Oct 21, 2013 at 11:07 PM


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    Those stored on my metal rack typically run about 5 degrees warmer in the summer in my basement. By the way I only cellar around 4 cases.

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