A Self-Storage Guide for Your Wine Collection


A couple of years ago, you tasted a Pinot Noir from Oregon that was amazing and reasonable and decided to buy a case. Then you visited some local wineries and bought a case of Riesling and so began a beautiful wine collection that quickly started to outgrow your small New York City apartment. Now, you’re desperately looking to store it all somewhere and free up some space in your home. Luckily, you can rent a storage unit. Here are some tips on how to properly store your wine collection and have easy access to when you decide to bring a few bottles home:

Storage Location

Find a self-storage location near your home. The accessibility of the unit will allow you to stop by whenever you need to replenish your stock at home.


Climate Control

Make sure you can control the temperature and humidity of the unit. Ideally, wine should be stored at temperatures between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid accelerated ageing.  Additionally, experts recommend storage humidity levels to be around 70 so the cork doesn’t dry out.  Dry cork can let in air and spoil wine.

Bottle Orientation

To keep the cork from drying, it’s best to store bottles on their side. This helps the wine keep the cork moist at all times. In order to achieve this, you might think about investing in a rack that will allow this type of bottle storage.


Light Levels

Pick a unit that doesn’t have a window and keep the lights off.  The sun’s ultra violet rays can prematurely age wine. If your unit has a window, make sure to cover it with something that won’t let in any UV rays.


If your wine collection is valuable, make sure the storage facility is secure and that you have invested in a hard to pick lock for your unit.

There are storage facilitates specifically designed for wine. Look for one in your area.