What Temperature Should Wine be Stored at?
The perfect storage temperature for different types of wine varies but should generally be between 10°C and 15°C. Too much warmth, but also severe temperature changes will negatively impact the quality of wine. However, normal temperature variations between day and night should be kept to a minimum if possible. Seasonal temperature fluctuations do not pose much of a problem for your wine collection.
How Long Can I Store Wine?
We have all heard it before: good things come to those who wait. A good wine, however, will not necessarily get better with age. Not all wine is suitable for longer storage. How long a wine should be stored depends on the type, and is particularly dependant on the sugar, acid, and alcohol content. In general: the higher the acidity and sugar content, the longer it can be stored. Alcohol content also has a positive effect on the longevity of your wine thanks to its preserving effects. These days, the majority of wine is ready to drink as soon as it is purchased. This wine is less suitable for storage and should be drunk within a few years.
The perfect storage time for many types of wine from the Alsace region, Germany or Italy is about 1 to 2 years. Chianti, Merlot, Passito and other wines reach their peak after about 3-5 years. Only selected premium red wines may need 5-10 years until they reach their optimum flavour.
How Can I Protect my Wine?
Cellars have proved to be the best place to store wines over the centuries. The bottles are protected against sunlight, vibration and odors in such an environment. Storing wine alongside cans or preserves isn't a problem but it is best to separate wine from strong odorous household items like cleaners and some foodstuffs (and indeed cooking smells).