Basements being a common part of homes for a majority are areas generally used for storage and occasionally converted into small living space among other utilization aspects in modern living. Being a functional space for washing and drying and installation of water heaters and other, the mostly windowless and colder space in comparison to the upper levels also serves purposes for storage of wines by some.

The process though continued by a significant number of individuals enjoying the luxury if fine wines are not considered the best option by specialists wine collectors with recommendation of using a wine fridge instead of the unutilized space in general.

  • Insulation – Basements not intended as living spaces are usually created without application of insulation and consisting of exposed piping for heating and chilling in addition to vibration being a common complication within the space. The area if not completed to store products, has the tendency to change the consistency of material or liquids stored within over a long duration of time.
  • Poor Structure – In the case of cracks appearing on the inner sides of the walls, the volume of moisture entering the space along with higher levels of temperature fluctuation also could affect materials stored within the space. Usually, cracks creating paths for ants and insect to move in can result in a potential infestation of vino seeking ants.
  • Moist Air – The space commonly having a damp atmosphere due to being surrounded by damp earth also draws in the cold creating mould. While the avenue might be considered for storage of items less likely to be damaged due to its surroundings, is not suited for storage of wine. Too much moisture ruin labels and cork and eventually the wine thereby contaminating the unique flavours created to enjoy.
  • The impact of unsuitable storage can be understood in the case of having a prized collection to be stored and a cellar with unfinished walls and extreme weather on the outside effecting the temperature on the inside along with dampness being the only option would be devastating.
  • Odour – Generally defined as an assault on the sense, cellars with mould and trapped cold air create ghastly odour that can be a harrowing experience. The inner atmosphere and fluctuating temperature similarly destroys the flavour and the aroma within the bottles.

With various complications in utilization of a cellar space for storage of exquisite liquid in bottles and aging, steps taken to ensure that above listed conditions are considered is bound to assist in ensuring the items stored remain in optimum condition for usage at a later stage