Wine must be kept in an environment where temperature is constant and stable. Fluctuating temperatures experienced in most wine refrigerators is only acceptable for short term storage. Here at The Wine Grotto, we strive to maintain a temperature of 55ºF +.5º and have successfully done so for over a decade. 55ºF is the ideal temperature that enables your wine to reach its full potential. We accomplish this by:
- The design of the building envelope is as critical to proper cellaring as the climate control systems themselves. The absence of either will result in less than ideal conditions. Minimizing the influence of the outside environment by virtue of 7" rigid insulation around our 8" block walls and our 2" foam insulated cool roof in addition to our 8" bat insulation. If power should go out you want to minimize the rate of heat gain. Skylights, exposed ceilings and glass walls may look great, but they are not appropriate for long term storage.The temperature at The Wine Grotto is further stabilized by the thermal mass of our 10,000 square feet of wine storage holding in excess of 20,000 cases of wine. It takes days for our temperature to swing as much as a wine fridge can change in an hour.
- Continual air circulation minimizes temperature or humidity stratification and improves the stability of environmental conditions.
- We have excess capacity with our cooling units so that we can maintain proper temperatures even when a unit is being serviced. With 28 chillers and air-conditioning systems at the STORBOX facility we regularly inspect each to insure uninterrupted cooling.
- We manage our temperature performance by daily inspections of current and historical temperature logs.