How to store bottled wine
The expression “the cellar makes the wine” is as old as it is true. The temperature, humidity and hygiene of a cellar are the three most important factors for the final quality of the wine. For this reason, it must be ensured that the cellar has the following characteristics:
- Room temperature between 15ºC (59F) and 20ºC (68F), without great temperature variations throughout the year.
- Humidity level between 40% and 70%.
- Free from insects and rodents. This does not include spiders as they are excellent insect predators.
- The cellar must not have chemically treated wood.
- It should be free from strong or musty odours.
- Chemical products, such as paint or cleaning products, must not be kept in the cellar.
- The bottles should be stored in a horizontal position for the wine to remain in contact with the cork stopper which will thus maintain its excellent elastic properties.