Low, Slow and Cool: How to Store Your Wine

Your wine is an evolving, living liquid that is constantly changing, particularly under cork. It responds to the elements, so learning about proper short and long-term storage will ensure you give it the care it requires. 

Simple Storage

Heat, damp and light are your enemies when storing wine, so try to find a cool, dry and dark place to keep your bottles. 

If you are looking to correctly store your wine short-term, wrap the loose bottle in paper and pack it tightly into a cardboard bottle box, noting the contents, date and any other information you may need on the outside.

Wine sealed with a cork, needs to be stored horizontally, so the wine stays in contact with the cork and prevents it from drying out, which can cause unwanted oxidation to occur. If your wine has a screw cap enclosure, you can store it either vertically or horizontally. 

Ageing and Cellaring

Most of the world’s wine does not need ageing, and is at its peak when it arrives home. However, there are a few great wines that are produced with the capacity to improve dramatically with the right amount of time and proper cellaring. It is not necessary to age your wine, but rather a decision you may make to achieve the very best from special bottles.

Depending on the wine, it can take a few years to decades for optimal ageing to be reached. Further research into the variety of wine you wish to age will help you determine how long it should be cellared to achieve its very best. 

To correctly age your wine, you will need to follow the same fundamental principles used for simple wine storage; the only difference being that you will need to achieve very particular and consistent conditions throughout the aging process. 

An underground cellar is ideal – It stays cool, dry (but not too dry) and dark. A cellar will provide you with the year-round constant temperatures of between 12 to 16°C, as well as the relatively consistent level of humidity you will require. 

Wine that is undergoing the ageing process should also be kept as still as possible, so think ahead when stacking bottles and place the wine you intend to age the longest on the bottom, and those you intend to drink the soonest up the top for easy access.

Consider placing your bottles either in wood cases or on racks to avoid unwanted movement, and the eventual decay of cardboard. 

Understandably, an underground cellar is not always possible, so if this is the case, or if you want to age a smaller number of unique bottles, there are a number of thermo-controlled wine fridges on the market that will ensure your bottles are kept in the optimum conditions.  

At DAWINE our wines are stored at a temperature-and-humidity-controlled facility to ensure you get the very best out of your bottle. We recommend you follow these guidelines to maintain the quality of your wine: be it the bottle you are planning to enjoy with your friends tomorrow, or the growing collection that after years of ageing will one day mark a very special occasion.

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