How Much Does a Wine Cellar Cost?
A wine cellar is a storage room that can house wine in bottles or barrels. While wine and alcohol can potentially be placed anywhere, the temperature and humidity of a wine cellar are strictly and constantly controlled to make sure that the alcohol is protected from potentially harmful external influences. Since wine is a perishable product, it can spoil if it is exposed to heat, fluctuation in temperature, or light. The cost of a wine cellar is going to depend on the room size, the design, bottle capacity, build-out required, architectural design, features, and types of flooring, doors, lights and cooling system. Although it can be expensive, the investment may be well worth it if you are a wine connoisseur.
How much is it?
- When it comes to a wine cellar, your budget can be endless. However, if you want a basic wine cellar that can hold more than a 1,000 bottles, it can cost anywhere from $10,000 to as much as $38,000, and with a customized version, it can cost much more than this. Refer to the chart noted below to get an idea on how much a wine cellar could cost in your home. To budget properly for a customized cellar, plan on spending at least $500 per square foot.
- Prefabricated wine cellar units can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $6,000, depending on the capacity. The more bottles it can store, the more you can plan on paying.
- VillageCarpenter.com noted that a wine cellar using 2×8 framing, basic grade redwood racking and a cooling unit could cost upwards of $19,062 to construct.
- iwawine.com noted that the construction will typically be around $1,000 to $10,000; racks average $2 to $20 per bottle; door is $600 to $3,000; and the cellar floor is $3 to $15 per square foot.
What is going to be included?
- Usually, a wine cellar will be constructed within an unfinished space in a basement. If an unfinished room is not available, a closet or an existing room can be used as well. Most wine cellars will be framed and insulated and have a lighting circuit installed to run high hat lights as well as a cooling system and control panel to maintain temperatures. These rooms should be fully insulated with a minimum of a R12 rating, and a vapor barrier is necessary to help control the moisture. An air tight door is require to create a seal. The common flooring choice in most cellars is hardwood, brick or stone since it does not absorb heat. Wine should be stored at 55-58 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity levels should be 50-70 percent.
- Other components of a wine cellar will include counters, pillars, cabinets, racks, displays, finishing, doors, stonework and any additional lighting.
- Typical rooms can take up to two weeks to construct.
What are the extra costs?
- With a prefabricated room, additional shipping fees and assembling fees can apply. Shipping fees are other $300 to $600, while assembly fees can average $500 to $1,500, depending on the product.
- The more advanced the racking setup is, the more it can cost you. The same can be said about the wall paneling, flooring, cooling system and lights.
Tips to know:
- The ideal for a wine cellar is below the ground to protect it from heat, light and vibrations. This is the reason that wine cellars are often found in the basement.
- Wine bottles should always be stored at a slant, with at least 50 percent of the cork touching the wine.
- To see if your wine bottle is stored properly, you will want to see how full the bottle is. If the wine does not fill halfway up the neck of the bottle, it could be evaporating in the room.
- When choosing a contractor to build or install your wine cellar, make sure that he is bonded and insured. It also does not hurt to check out previous jobs and talk with customers they have worked with in the past.
- Not all racks are created the same. When choosing a rack, be sure to know that the depth, width, and strength can vary.
- Try to keep your lights to a minimum to avoid heating the room. Usually, ultraviolet lights tend to do the best.
How can I save money?
- When choosing a professional contractor, always make sure you get at least three quotes. If you want to get quotes online, consider using services such as HomeAdvisor.com. With this free service, you can explain your project, and contractors will contact you with their bids.
- Customized wine cellars can cost a lot of money, and if you want to save, highly consider a prefabricated model that is already built in a factory. If you were to go this route, it can save you more than 50%.
- Constructing a prefabricated wine cellar yourself can be time consuming and tedious, but it can be done. This can save you a lot of money on installation.