If you’re stuck at home in the winter and doing some deep cleaning and organization, your wine collection is a great thing to tackle! Whether you have a wine rack, or your own home wine room or cellar, you can organize your wine collection in a way that works best for you and your home.
How to Store Your Wine
It’s important to store your wine collection horizontally, which keeps the cork moist and makes sure that the least amount of air gets into the bottle. You may invest in a wine rack or a custom built wine racks to easily store it.
Your home wine room or cellar should be a cool dark area. Lower temperatures and low light are best for the wine, especially if you plan on aging it in storage over time.
Ways to Organize Your Wine
Personal preference is key here. There are countless ways to organize your home wine room, but the idea is that you pick one overarching category to organize by.
- Grape variety
Consider how you decide what type of wine you want to drink when looking at your collection. Fancying a bottle of pinot noir? Sort by grape variety. Craving a wine from Napa Valley? Sort by region.
You can also create smaller sections based on all types of categories, such as everyday wines, special occasions, unique wines, and more. Get creative with it!
You have a lot of options and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach, so choose what suits your tastes!
Additional Home Wine Room Organization Strategies
To make it a little easier to navigate your collection, you can create wine tags that go around each bottle’s neck. You can write the wine’s name, variety, region, and whatever other information you choose. You can also use tags to color code your system. With wine tags, you won’t have to spend ages pulling out every bottle in the wine rack to see what it is.
A digital or physical spreadsheet can help you organize and keep track of your home wine collection. They do require manual maintenance, so if you’re a highly organized person who appreciates a visual, a spreadsheet could be perfect for you.
There are many apps on the market to help you keep track of and sort your wine collection. Some apps even allow you to scan barcodes. Two popular wine cellar inventory apps are My Wine Cellar and Cellar Tracker.