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Old 09-21-2016, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm starting the idea gathering stage of building a wine cellar. Being on a very tight budget, I'll be utilizing existing material I have, i.e., no money for redwood to build the shelving, but I do have a variety of other woods mainly pine to build with.

The space I have to work with is 64"Dx48"Wx84"T. This is an old fruit cellar. The cool thing about this space is 2 of the walls are foundation walls, old thick limestone quarried block from the late 1800's. Which also benefits in that the temperature stays pretty constant and has a nice aesthetic look.

I'd love to hear from others who have created wine cellars in small spaces or from anyone with ideas on maximizing the available space.

Thanks!
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:00 PM   #2
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I'm guessing you have already looked through the 24 pages of threads in this Sub-forum for ideas?
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:45 PM   #3
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Not all 24, the first 2, working my way through. The reason I didn't wait is I'm interested in peoples opinions with the specific room details provided.

 
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Old 11-16-2016, 07:57 PM   #4
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How about this? I think it is inspired.

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Old 11-16-2016, 10:28 PM   #5
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I'm guessing you have already looked through the 24 pages of threads in this Sub-forum for ideas?
Mike... You weren't supposed to give me that information. Dang, as a rookie winemaker, I don't need those crazy thoughts running loose in my head ;-)

 
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Old 11-17-2016, 06:47 AM   #6
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Assuming that ..

1) you have a tight budget and
2) you are a wine maker..

My preference is to set up a series of "Diamond-cube" racks.
I built one for myself and also one for a very dear friend of mine..

Photo 1 (after building)
Photo 2 (after finish and loading)

Note: The door on the left leads to another room of my friend's basement.

This cost me under $200.00 to build (not including stain and varnish) and can hold a multitude of wine in a very limited space. Each full cube can hold up to 5 cases of wine!

I as a winemaker, I like this format because I can put most of an entire batch of wine into a single cube. I then can use a singe bottleneck tags to ID the wine. This saves on having to label each bottle, making reuse of bottles easier.

The one in the picture took just a day to build and IMHO looks fantastic.
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Old 11-17-2016, 07:46 AM   #7
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For a tight budget and tight space, as JohnT has depicted, the diamond racks will give you much more bang for your buck. Ultimately, number of bottles you can handle will be much greater with the diamond system than the individual bottle rack system depicted in your plan drawing.

For a blend of efficiency, cost, and appearance, you could consider a combination of both. Having just completed a wine room, that is the option selected for my room, if you are interested, the link to the thread on this forum is: http://www.winemakingtalk.com/forum/...ad.php?t=52998
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Old 11-17-2016, 08:59 AM   #8
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How about this? I think it is inspired.
I like curves on women...wood not so much...had to build.
What if you squared this off...use the two corners for stacking carboys, I just hate that wasted space in the corners and it is a trash trap.
Really liked JohnT's diamond cubes...I gotta remember that detail.

 
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Old 02-15-2017, 03:54 AM   #9
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Since you are on a tight budget it is good that you have made this decision.You have not posted any pictures of the current fruit cellar so it would be a bit difficult for me to help you. But I would like to share my experience with you. Since you have a small space you could arrange it neatly by adding small cabinets to your wall so that it would look spacious. You could refinish your current fruit cellar to make it more elegant. I would like to share a blog which I found online and it would help you since you are new to winemaking. Here is the blog http://www.lancastercustoms.com/blog...g-wine-cellar/ and I hope that you would find it useful.

 
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Old 02-15-2017, 03:07 PM   #10
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Is this for storage only. bottles? carboys? or are you making wine in there as well?

My cellar storage is 10'x2'. The racks are 2 bottles deep. You could rack the one end of your room and it would hold 480 bottles.

http://www.winemakingtalk.com/forum/...ad.php?t=46912

Here is the thread showing the progression of my construction.

I used dead Ash trees from our ravine.
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