The average US citizen drinks nearly three gallons of wine per year, yet only 1 in 150 homes actually have designated wine storage. Why do the vast majority of Americans not have a proper home for the 15 bottles of wine they drink annually? No one really knows… But in the hopes of encouraging proper wine storage, we have put together this short list of unique ways to to store your various varieties of fermented grape juice.
Starting with this Australian builder who has gone great lengths to provide his bottles a place to rest. He has completely remodeled his staircase into a wine cellar that can hold up to 156 bottles of wine. With all of this dreary self isolation going on, maybe he can inspire you to finally organize all of those bottles of wine, too!
Murray Berrill decided to convert his staircase into a wine cellar while remodeling his home.
He has estimated to have spent 3,500 US dollars on this innovative staircase. It is fully insulated and includes a built in thermometer!
Murray is even thinking about adding a cooling unit to ensure his wine is always stored at the correct temperature.
He has made very efficient use of the space in his home, proving that you do not need an entire room dedicated to storing your wine.
Though it is a very unique idea, maybe Murray could have saved some money and installed something like this Stact Pro wine rack on an empty wall or unused closet.
Though it is not nearly as ingenious, it surely would have accomplished the same thing for thousands of dollars less.
Even cheaper than the Stact Pro is the Wolpert Wine Rack
Although you cannot add a cooling device or thermometer to this rack, like Murray’s staircase, it still retains a unique appearance for $3,300 dollars less than Mr. Berrill’s cellar!
If you like the idea of a staircase wine cellars, your options are practically limitless.
This company, Sorrells, specializes in custom wine rooms just like this one.
Or, if you are really trying to spend some money, Genuwine Cellars will build you a wine cellar that will top them all.
It is called the Spiral Cellar and will cost you between $20,000 and $70,000.
With enough capacity for your 1,900 bottle wine collection, you will never run out of storage with this epic cellar.
In total, it will store 380 gallons of wine if you can manage to completely fill each spot.
To the average American couple, that will last 63 years until to completely drink.
More info: Murray Berrill
Are you one of the few Americans who actually owns proper wine storage? It is truly strange that the average American consumes 15 bottles of wine annually but does not correctly store it. At the end of the day, it probably does not matter all that much how you store your wine; whether it be on a rack, shelf, or in a pantry. Though some connoisseurs will tell you different, the average person will most likely be unable to tell if a bottle of wine was kept on its side and at a steady 55°f or not.