It is possible to store and preserve the wine for prolonged periods at home. For this, it is necessary to follow some basic guidelines. In this article, we present some basic principles of conservation and storage of the wine so that, as far as possible, it can face good conservation of the same.
As a general rule, wine should be stored in a ventilated place, protected from light, vibrations and at a constant temperature. However, let’s see in detail, some fundamental aspects to preserve and properly store the wine:
It is recommended that the environment is humid as well as avoiding strong odors, noise and electromagnetic fields (household appliances).
Although many people like to expose the bottles, it should be avoided. It is best to keep them in a dark place. This is because light can spoil a wine, especially whites.
The wine should move as little as possible, the older the wine, the more chances of spoiling with movements or vibrations. It is very useful to avoid moving the wine, make a record of each bottle and hang a label with the basic information on the neck of each bottle when they are stored in the bottle rack.
The humidity and the horizontal storage position are responsible for the good conservation of the cork. For this reason, there must be good ventilation in the custom home wine cellars, thus, avoiding mold or rot odors. The ideal cellar is one that is located in an underground place or dug in the rock. The walls should be thick of stone or brick, avoiding any leakage or pipes.
The wine should be stored at a constant temperature between 5ºC and 18ºC, with the optimum point being between 10ºC to 12ºC. Avoid sudden and frequent fluctuations in temperature. Sudden changes in temperature mainly affect the cork, which changes size and allows the wine to leak.