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