6 Easy Tips for Building a Wine Cellar

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6 Easy Tips for Building a Wine Cellar

In this article we will explore what are the most important tips for building a wine cellar. Building a wine cellar is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home. Also, having a wine cellar will give you great joy when you are ready to have a party and show your collection to your guests.

We want you to have a smooth process finishing up your wine cellar at your home.

Tip #1 Location, Location, Location

AABC has built wine cellars in all rooms inside a home. We have build wine cellars in attics, second floors, pantries, under the stairs, in the middle of living rooms, and near the kitchen in a spare room. The important point about the location of your wine cellar is your availability for installing and building the wine cellar and what do you want out of your future wine cellar. You could ask yourself questions like: is my wine cellar for decorative purposes to entertain my guests? Is it only to store wines for myself?

You can have the wine cellar anywhere you want, we will make it happen. We have the experience of building wine cellars all over the state of Texas and all over different rooms inside houses. 

Tip #2: Know the Critical Components for your Wine Cellar

  1. Cooling System
  2. Vapor or moisture barrier
  3. Insulation
  4. Seal

Cooling System

The cooling system is one key part for your wine cellar. We use LRC made in USA systems. Click here if you want to know more about LRC Cooling Systems.

You must have a cooling system that is appropriate for the size, location and climate were you are installing your wine cellar. There are so many factors to determine the size of your cooling system. We will explain this later in this article.

Vapor or Moisture Barrier

Any good wine cellar should have a vapor or moisture barrier. The entire wine cellar should be wrapped with the vapor or moisture barrier.

A vapor or moisture barrier is a material used to prevent water vapor from diffusing into the wall, ceiling or floor during the cold winters. Does your wine cellar needs a vapor or moisture barrier? Yes! We live in an extremely hot and extremely cold weather and whats more all Texas is incredibly humid, so we need lots of insulation.

What happens if you do not have a vapor or moisture barrier?
The temperature will scape your wine cellar, the water condensation will go into the walls and it will create mold or rot the materials around your wine cellar.


We us nothing less than R14. The higher is the number the better your insulation is going to be.


The seal for your wine cellar should be airtight seal. The door should have a seal that does not let the airflow enter or leaving the wine cellar. The door we will install is weather-stripping and door sweep.

Tip #3: Your Wine Cellar Style

There are three different kinds of wine cellar types: traditional, contemporary and all glass wine cellars.

Your choice will affect the kind of materials and look of your wine cellar. One thing you must consider is where the wine cellar is going to be build and also how does your house style looks like.

The design will impact the kind of insulation, size of the cooling system and looks of your wine cellar.

Glass will provide very poor insulation to your wine cellar, for this reason the wine cellar system should be the size of a constant flux of cool air inside to give some equilibrium.  You can figure it out your thermal load for free.

Tip #4: Your Type of Wall and Insulation

If you have a concrete wall or a glass wall you need extra care. In the case of a concrete wall, you need to double the insulation because concrete walls are porous and provide almost no insulation.

It is recommended to attach a poly coating layer and/or a rigid foam insulation for creating a barrier and give adequate insulation.


Tip #6 Why the Cooling Unit you have will save you money


A wine cooling system would be in direct relationship with the cost and future headaches you might have.

We use LRC cooling systems, they are professional grade cooling systems made in the USA. There are 3 types of cooling systems: Ducted Cooling Systems, Split Cooling Systems, and through the wall Cooling Systems.

The cheapest one is the Through the Wall, followed by the split cooling system and at the end we have the Ducted Cooling Systems.

When it comes to wine cellar refrigeration the best possible selection is a commercial AC. The LRC designs are based on a thicker copper 0.16 thick wall and the wine coils are dipped in an epoxy and cured in the oven. The epoxy seals the area and the coils do not get attacked by acetic acid.
LCR is certified by the NQA Global Assurance for Design, Manufacture, Inspection and Shipping of HVACR equipment.

Tip #5 Plan for Big Bottles

Are you going to have big bottles in your collection? If that’s so, we need to plan for it. The racks need to accommodate the number of big bottles that you might want to purchase. Plan ahead for this need. Otherwise, replacing the racks can be expensive.

There are differences in sizes of bottles, the Burgundy bottles are different than the Cabernet bottles.
There are also different capacity of bottles, 750 ml, 1 liter and more.

You must also think about the shape of the bottles, which one is the ones that you must have? Magnum or split bottles? Double Magnums, Jeroboams?

Tip #6 Create Your Budget

Once that you know what you want you need to have your budget and allow about 5% of the finished plan.

In conclusion, you need to know the size of your cooling unit, the amount of insulation, how much materials do we need, wood? Glass? What types of racks do you need. How many bottles are you going to have for your wine cellar.

AABC will do all this legwork for you. We will submit our proposal with the final investment. There will be no upcharges or hidden costs. We have many years in our field and we have an excellent reputation among our customers, just check out our testimonials to know more.

If you have any questions, please call us: 713-224-3333 we will be happy to assist you. Or let us call you.

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