There you are…sitting on your stockpile of fine wines including that wonderful 2009 year for Bordeaux when millions of bottles were rated full marks, thus artificially depressing prices (yay!). How can you store your “soon-to-be-expensive” bottles in tip-top condition? For those of us without a spare chateau or two with ample real cellar space, we resort to commercial storage facilities or home-built cellars.
Some people treat their home storage like art galleries where they can hug and squeeze their collection and call it “George”…
Rather than excavate completely under your suburban mansion, here is an alternate solution: Spiral Cellars.
Spiral Cellars is a privately owned, UK based company with over 35 years of expertise in creating premium wine rooms and wine cellars. It’s a “small but perfectly formed” outfit with offices in West Sussex and London, employing 35 people.
Spiral Cellars can be viewed in London, Exeter, Manchester, Colchester, Stevenage, Kiev, Moscow, Sydney and Canberra. New showrooms will open in Surrey and Kent this year.
Spiral Cellars are available via distributors in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.
Of course, optimum storage conditions is the raison d’etre of their existence but Spiral Cellars also believes in pretty grand designs. They provide customised cellaring solutions that would not look out of place in a James Bond movie!
With more than 3,000 wine cellars and wine rooms installed in homes around the UK and throughout the world, they feel that they’ve “got rather the hang of creating exceptional wine storage”. What’s more, Spiral Cellars prides itself on championing the very best of British craftsmanship; where possible, they source materials and suppliers from within the UK.
Spiral Cellars’ range of products include:
Spiral Cellars – fitted into the ground under any ground floor room to provide perfect cellaring conditions and a stunning design feature.
The price of an underground Spiral Cellar is dependent on the type of cellar chosen and the various door, lighting, fit and accessory packages selected. Prices range from £19,000 to £55,000.
For the brave and foolhardy with power tools, there is even a Build Your Own Essential Cellar option starting at £12,000 (includes delivery).
The three most popular cellar packages are priced as follows (using exchange rates before the BrExit vote):
- Original Spiral Cellar, 2.5m deep with standard door, installation only: £21,000 (USD 29,400)
- Original Spiral Cellar, 3m deep with hinged round glass door, installation only: £35,000 (USD 49,000)
- White Spiral Cellar, 3m deep with hinged round glass door, installation only £42,000 (USD 58,800)
The above prices are installation-only prices. They will excavate the hole for the cellar, ensuring a safe dig and protecting the surrounding flooring and ground at an additional cost of between £6,000 – £9,000 (USD 8,400 – 12,600), depending on site access and ground quality. You could dig the hole yourself but I suspect people who commission one of these cellars are unlikely to wield a spade or jack-hammer. 🙂
All prices quoted include UK tax that may not apply outside the EU. After BrExit, value added tax may not apply in EU countries as well…..
Wine wardrobes and wine walls – made-to-measure cellaring for smaller spaces or feature walls, tailored to suit individual capacity needs and taste.
Bespoke Wine Rooms – highly personalised for each client, enabling wine collections to be artfully displayed and kept in the best possible conditions.
The wine rooms are temperature and humidity controlled environments and maintain optimum cellar conditions for both bottle aging and ready-to-drink wines.
Recent trends include wine rooms featuring stainless steel and glass, dramatic glass wall displays and even requests for hi-tech options such as locks with finger-print technology and glass that turns opaque, at the flick of a switch.
Commenting on the trend, Lucy Hargreaves, Managing Director and owner of Spiral Cellars, said: “We are seeing a growing interest in wine rooms which not only provide the best conditions for wine but are also a unique design feature in the home. We see this as a trend that is set to continue as wine cellaring becomes a key feature of up-market priorities.”
Lucy Hargreaves is Managing Director of Spiral Cellars, having taken full ownership of the business in August 2015 when she bought out her business partner. Lucy joined the firm as Director and co-owner in 2004. Wherever possible she waves the flag for British enterprise and design, working closely with local artisans to produce the beautiful finish of the wine rooms, and favours designers like Paul Smith who so successfully marry classic style with a contemporary twist.
Wine Portfolio Management
Finally, I have to mention the Spiral Library ‘App’ that Spiral Cellars offers. It is a personalised on-line wine portfolio management platform that combines inventory and search tools with tasting notes, market data and other important information to give you a full spectrum wine management tool. Spiral Cellars partnered with Wine Owners to deliver this service to wine enthusiasts and Spiral Cellar owners.
I’m so glad that my whisky doesn’t change after it is bottled. I admire my oenophile friends for their dedication to the science of wine storage and sympathise when it goes horribly wrong.
It seems that a bottle of Burgundy would sooner turn bad than move a few miles from it’s vineyard! When you have 1,900 bottles of the finest wines, spending money on the best storage facilities is a real no-brainer.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is also a moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelog ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).