Professionally Store and Age your Wine

January 19, 2015

Anybody can professionally store wine. The only tricky part is knowing how to do it correctly. This article will walk you through everything you will need to optimise the wine maturation and oxidation process. 

There are five generic steps which, if followed will enable you to achieve the best ageing process for your Wine.

 

Step 1, The Temperature.

Having a stable temperature between 12°C and 14°C is the most crucial step in successfully storing your Wine. It is well known that temperatures above 25°C can ruin a bottle of wine completely within a couple of weeks; creating “Spoiled Fruit” flavours throughout the wine.

It is for this reason that Cellars, such as the one below,  have been commonly used for wine storage - the cool and dark storage conditions.

 

Step 2,  Humidity.

If possible, try and keep the Humidity Levels above 50%. Lower Humidity Levels can cause corks to dry out and shrink. Once the outside air can get into your Wine, the Oxidation process accelerates rapidly, very quickly damaging/destroying the wine.

You will find that only older wines, some Penfolds and Wolf Blass varieties still use corks within their wine bottles today. Virtually all other brands have moved to plastic screw-on caps to help the wine age better in all storage conditions.

To better protect your Wine from the impacts of humidity, it is best to store bottles of wine horizontally, and not vertically. Ensuring that the cork will stay in partial contact with the wine, meaning it will not readily dry out.

 

Step 3, Dark Storage Area.

Direct Sunlight should be avoided if possible. UV light creates hydrogen sulphide compounds in wine, impacting the colour and texture. This effect can clearly be noticed, even by wine novices. The wine doesn't have to be stored in complete darkness, just out of direct sunlight.

 

Step 4, Reducing Vibrations.

Vibrations are known to speed up the naturally occurring chemical reactions within the wine, which prematurely ages the wine. If you are concerned by vibrations, a good idea is to place a towel (or similar cloth) under the Wine Racks to prevent any vibrations being transferred to your bottles of wine.

 

Step 5, AirFlow

Without adequate AirFlow or ventilation, the air will become stale and mouldy, which can have severe impacts on the wine. Especially if the wine is stored in these conditions for excessive periods of time.

 

Summary

Wine Storage isn't difficult or complicated. But if you still need some guidance all of the Wine Racks available for sale here at the Wine Stash have been designed with these 5 Storage tips in mind. In particular they have been custom designed to store bottles of wine just off horizontal. Ensuring,

The Cork will stay in partial contact with the wine, helping it remain moist, and not dry out, whilst

Entrapped air, formed by the wine’s ullage will remain on top of the bottle, allowing for a slower and more gradual maturation and oxidation process.

These 5 Wine Steps, if followed, will enable you to store your Wine professionally for extended periods of time.  If you have any additional questions or comments, feel free to get in touch with a member of the Wine Stash Customer Assistance Team and we will get back to you ASAP.


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