Hello, Monday! The month of January is flying by so fast in a whirlwind of wine cellar projects. We’ve been dishing out not just our wine racking products but also some helpful design tips on our Wednesday Wine Cellar Inspirations blogs. But it’s also about time that we go back and talk more about the basics of wine cellar construction. That’s why today, we’re all about the role of vapor barrier in your wine cellars!
Why a vapor barrier is indispensable
So why is a vapor barrier essential to wine cellar construction? The answer to this lies in understanding the importance of maintaining ideal storage conditions in a wine cellar. It should be considered as common knowledge for wine cellar enthusiasts that proper wine cellar temperature and humidity levels should be established and maintained in any type of wine cellar. These would involve maintaining a temperature range of around 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity. Unless these ideal storage conditions are maintained 24/7, your wine bottles will not be able to age gracefully and achieve their peak taste.
All these being said, it is necessary that one’s wine cellar is in an environment that needs to have the ambient temperature lower than the area outside it. Let’s take residential wine cellars as an example. If your house is normally kept at 75 degrees F, your wine cellar, on the other hand, has to be kept at the 55-58 degrees and 55-75% relative humidity levels. This is where you’ll need a proper “barrier” to separate the two contrasting environments. If you don’t, condensation will slowly build up in your walls. This will in turn invite moisture and cause the materials of your walls to get sodden and decayed.
So basically, with a vapor barrier in place, you will be able to prevent warm air from traveling to the cooler environment in your wine cellars and disrupting the ideal wine storage conditions therein. That is why it’s imperative to carefully look into the materials utilized for your vapor barrier as well as its installation. Keep in mind that the kind of material you will be using for your vapor barrier, its thickness, the finishes and other applications to be utilized, will all depend on the location size, and capacity of your wine cellar.
Remember that frequent or sudden fluctuations in wine cellar temperature and humidity are extremely detrimental to the aging process of your wine. They will accelerate the aging process and bring in excessive oxidation, making your wines taste bitter. Installing a proper vapor barrier will prevent all these from happening and keep your collection in its best shape!