Wrap Your Wine Cellar in a Seamless Glass FacadeStiaan
Custom wine cellars are fast becoming one of the hottest trends of the 20s. No, we’re not referring to a dark little room hidden beneath the outside shed with the perfect temperature, but which smells like dust and mould.
Rather, we’re looking at the inspiring move towards a sleek and contemporary wine cellar with a frameless glass facade which exudes light and luxury.
Whether you’re building a new home, or you’ve got some renovations planned, stop for a moment and consider the display of your enviable wine collection encased in sheets of seamless glass.
Besides the fact that a frameless expanse of glass tends to turn even the most mundane space into something spectacularly stylish, there are some sound reasons to make use of glass façades for your wine cellar.
Fabulous Frameless Glass Façade
Showcase your collection
A wine cellar is a collection of beautiful, meaningful, and valuable experiences enclosed in glass bottles. It is a tribute to where you may have been, to special gifts from special people, and an investment in something desirable and deeply personal.
This being the case, do you really want it hidden away in a dank room under the stairs?
Of course not.
It’s for this very reason that we still enjoy centuries-old display cabinets with yellowing photographs and beautiful, fragile ornaments. We love to look at beautiful things. And let’s be honest, a great wine collection is a beautiful thing indeed.
Frameless glass, in this instance, allows the eye to focus on what’s inside without distraction.
A practical solution
Another check in the box for frameless glass is the lack of condensation on the cellar glass walls.
Framed glass solutions are, necessarily, tightly sealed against heat, cold, and moisture. However, a frameless façade for a wine cellar is constructed differently to allows for sufficient interior temperature control minus the risk of condensation due to radical temperature differences between these two spaces.
Certainly, we wouldn’t want to cloud the view of our magnificent collection, would we?
Whilst we may love the idea of showcasing our collection in a classic glass room, we cannot forget the precise climatic requirements which are needed to protect our investments.
The glass itself needs to offer a level of insulation to maintain the correct internal temperature, so it’s certainly worthwhile working with specialists in this field. The wine cellar placement within the house, and of course its size will need to be carefully considered when the correct glass is chosen.
An interesting point was made in an article from Wine Folly on the topic of the correct temperature for wine storage, which notes, “They [closet wines] lost antioxidants and color at a rate that was 4 times faster than the cellar wines. Additionally, there were chemical reactions in the ‘closet wines’ that indicated they were more prone to wine faults.”
Temperature aside, we also understand humidity to be a major factor for correct storage. Wine Guardian tells us, “Humidity is a critical, yet often overlooked feature in wine cellar design. A relative humidity (RH) of 50% to 70% is recognized as an adequate wine cellar humidity level, with 60% the ideal. Without ideal humidity, wine quality may be affected in a number of ways.
“When the humidity is higher than 70%, it will likely cause mold and degradation of the labels and glue. When the humidity is below 50%, corks will begin to dry out resulting in loss of liquid in the bottles and possible degradation of the wine.”
Simply not a risk worth taking, we’re sure you’ll agree.
Frameless glass hardware
A great deal of care has been given to the hardware supporting these large glass panels. Ideally, we want strength and durability, but we also want specialised “barely there” glass wall and door fittings which won’t detract from the overall look of the wine cellar.
Whether you’re planning a renovation to include the classic simplicity of a glass wine cellar, or you’re in the planning stages of your new home, it’s a good idea to chat with the professionals who understand the unique requirements of the support and movement of these large and heavy sheets of glass.
Strong and imperceptible is what we’re going for.
Can we help?
Indeed, there is much to think about if you are considering a wine cellar enveloped in a glass façade within your home.
If you plan to include an elegant frameless glass wine cellar, and for it to be both functional and serve as a mesmerising piece of art, then please contact us.
Our team will be able to assist you in recommending the right specialists and the very best products to achieve your vision.