Wine to Cellar's facilities were established in 2000 as a specialist wine cellaring facility and since then has been cellaring wine for a wide range of clients. Our clients are from many fields and from all over New Zealand. Wine to Cellar's facilities have the following:
Sharing cellared wine is special way to celebrate occasions or acknowledge how special a friend or loved one is.
Wine to Cellar offers a range of options for you to share cellared wine with others. Our packages are designed so that wines are delivered to your friends over a number of years . You buy the wine of your choice (or Wine to Cellar can assist), Wine to Cellar cellars the wine and sends it to the nominated recipient when required. We take care of everything.
Our "About Wine" section explores the many facets of wine such as notes on grape types and varieties, cellaring wine, vineyards, tasting wine and aromas, wine making, and links to many other wine related sites. Use this part of our site to explore the wonders of wine and expand your enjoyment of wine.
The most important things to consider when cellaring wine are:
The four conditions for ideal cellaring are: an absolutely constant temperature, varying between neither day and night nor summer and winter; substantial humidity; a very cold mean temperature; and the absence of air movement. The first two factors are of major importance; the third is important but needs to be taken in context; while the last is of least importance.
Consistency of temperature is more important than the degree of temperature – a cellar with a temperature varying between 8 degrees Celsius and 13 degrees Celsius is less satisfactory than a cellar with consistent year-round temperature of 15 degrees Celsius.
Here are a view other pointers for establishing a cellar:
There are many reasons to start and maintain a wine cellar – the best reasons are:
Building a cellar can be a lot of fun – the anticipation of creating a store for those delicate aging wines is rewarding and a good start to life long interest in cellaring wine.
A few tips to get your cellar building project underway are:
What wines to cellar is one of the most difficult questions to answer as the answer is –“ it all depends”.
Things to look for are:
All wine changes with age. As wine ages the primary fruit flavours (those directly extracted from the grapes) are usually the first to change and then a range of secondary flavours emerge (toast, wholemeal, cedar, mushroom, earth, forest floor, honey, oiled fruit characters).
Wines that are made to be enjoyed young typically have strong characteristic primary fruit characters – our best example in New Zealand is Sauvignon Blanc- these wines from Marlborough are fruity with distinct gooseberry, passionfruit and capsicum flavours. But given time these evolve into a canned vegetative character – canned peas/asparagus. Some people like the strong fruit characters, others enjoy the aged characters.