Creating a Distinctive Wine Cellar Design using Wine Cellar Accessories

Wine Cellar Design – The Latest Trend

Custom Wine Cellar Design Trends

Custom Wine Cellar Design Trends

The aim of modern wine cellar design and construction is to build not only the best environment for aging and storing wines, but also the most elegant space for showcasing and displaying different types of wine.  A recent trend in wine cellar design involves incorporating unique products into the design scheme.

Bold wine cellar design ideas create a space where the main attraction is not only the wines on display, but also the wine cellar itself.  The addition of creative wine cellar ideas and innovative wine cellar accessories can increase the functionality of a wine storage space, and enhance its visual appeal.

Some accessories that are fast becoming a must have wine cellar feature are cooperage countertops, glass stemware wine racks, rolling ladders, and wine barrel head carvings.

Cooperage Countertops


Cooperage Countertop

Cooperage Countertop

Cooperage countertops are constructed from reclaimed wood components that come from retired oak wine barrels.  The cooperage part of the wine barrel consists of the barrel head, where authentic winery markings and stamps are found. These markings indicate the name of the winery and the wine components.

This unique feature is retained on the oak wood, and gives custom countertops a distinct and timeless appeal that should lend a dramatic effect to any wine cellar space.  Display and serving countertops are some of the best places to incorporate reclaimed wine barrels, because they are readily seen.

Since no two wine barrel wood components are the same, cooperage countertops create a stunning, one of a kind custom wine cellar design.  Aside from their aesthetic advantages, cooperage countertops have practical benefits, such as long lasting quality, sturdiness, and environmental sustainability.

Stemware Wine Rack Set

Stemware Rack by Coastal

Stemware Rack by Coastal

Another eye-catching feature in a custom wine cellar is a stemware set, with which wine glasses can be hung by the stem.

Stemware racks allow wine collectors to store wine glasses in a secure place, easily within reach.  These wine cellar accessories also create a decanting or serving area for wines.  A backsplash allows for a personalized appeal, as it can be added with hanging artistic pieces, or stone artwork and murals.

Stemware racks are usually crafted from the same wood material, and applied with the same wood stain and finish options, as the installed wine racking system in a wine storage space.  This provides uniformity in the color and texture of all wine cellar furniture.

Wine Cellar Rolling Ladders

Rolling Ladder for Wine Cellars

Rolling Ladder for Wine Cellars

Innovative wine cellar ideas, like wine cellar rolling ladders, make stunning additions to a custom wine room with a tall wine racking system.  Rolling ladders are ideal for wine cellars with wine racks that are more than eight feet in height.

Installing floor to ceiling wine racks can maximize storage capacity, and the addition of a rolling ladder allows for easy access to wine bottles that are stored in the hard to reach areas of a wine storage room.

Installation techniques for wine cellar rolling ladders include these options: upper assembly or hook assembly.  An upper assembly installation affixes a rolling ladder to the rail track, while a hook assembly securely fastens a step ladder to an elongated bar.

There is also a wine cellar design option that includes the installation of a special niche or alcove where rolling ladders can be stored when not in use.

Library style ladders are offered in wood and aluminum.  Wood based rolling ladders for wine cellars are designed and constructed from a wide selection of natural wood, while aluminum based step ladders are available in a wide variety of metallic finishes.  Wine cellar rolling ladders add functionality and style to both residential and commercial wine rooms.

Wine Barrel Carvings

The addition of exquisite wine cellar accessories, like carved wooden barrels, can bring a personalized look to a wine cellar space.  Wine barrel carvings are distinct wine cellar ideas that can definitely enhance the visual appeal of a wine storage space.

A barrel head carving is an old age technique that originated from Germany.  Back then, wine barrel carvings were considered as a symbol of prestige and status for wineries.

Modern carved barrel heads are often used as decorative pieces, to add a dramatic flair, and increase the visual appeal of a custom wine cellar space.  Carved wine barrel heads can depict different designs, ranging from coats of arms to wine-themed scenes, landscapes, company logos, animals, human heads, fruits, and more.

Wine Barrel Carvings

Wine Barrel Carvings

Wine barrel carvings consist of the barrel head, and several inches of surrounding hoops.  Unique carvings can be done on the entire wine barrel, but the tenth barrel head is the part used most often by skilled hand carvers (check out the works of the ingenious artisan, Peter Forbes).

The barrel end configuration undergoes reprocessing to enhance its structural integrity. The process involves taking the barrel ends apart and reattaching them, using an adhesive called polyurethane glue.  The glue adds durability and prevents the product from cracking.

Although there are a variety of wood stains and finish options that can be applied to a completed reclaimed wine barrel head carving, most wood carvers recommend little or no application of tints or colorants, to show off the natural wood color and pattern.

These elegant art carvings are beautiful on their own.  The presence of wine barrel head carvings in a wine cellar space improves the overall design quality, while bringing a sense of wine history.

Wine Cellar Painting

Wine Cellar Art Painting - With Jerry Wilson of Coastal

Wine Cellar Art Painting – With Jerry Wilson of Coastal

Paintings on the walls or ceiling of a wine room is one of the latest trends that we find really interesting.  Coastal Custom Wine Cellars recently completed a residential wine cellar project, which involves converting a small closet located under the stairs into a wine room.

The owner wanted to add to the design the painting of his favorite artist, Janina Pazdan.  The painting was spread all over the ceiling and one side of the wall; the effect is really stunning.

Check out the unique wine cellar design features of this project at

Benefits of these Unique Wine Cellar Ideas

Creative and unique wine cellar design ideas are an integral part of a custom wine enclave.  Incorporating decorative pieces and functional elements makes a wine storage space more elegant, practical, and accessible.

With the emergence of these wine cellar accessories, every wine collector’s wine cellar can be as unique as possible.  Being creative is vital in achieving this plan and with the help of a trusted wine cellar builder, your wine storage facility can become just as valuable as the wines they keep.

Coastal Custom Wine Cellars is one of the wine cellar companies that offer quality wine storage products and services, including wine cellar accessories.  The company has been in the industry for more a decade, and is known for its innovative wine cellar ideas.

Contact Coastal Custom Wine Cellars for inquiries regarding wine cellar design services, wine cellar accessories, wine barrel carvings, and wine storage products.


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Wine Cellar Refrigeration Units California Installation by Arctic Metalworks & Coastal Custom Wine Cellars

Arctic Metalworks is the leading manufacturer and provider of commercial grade wine cellar refrigeration units California in the wine cellar industry.  Established in 1962, this family owned and operated company started out as a builder of custom refrigeration systems, and eventually diversified their business line to include wine cellar construction and renovation, and custom wine rack making.

Arctic Metalworks Wine Cellar Refrigeration

Arctic Metalworks Wine Cellar Refrigeration

As the wine cellar refrigeration specialists of Southern California, Arctic Metalworks strive to provide the best in custom wine cellar construction and top quality wine cellar refrigeration units, as demonstrated by their completed cooling system installation projects over the years.  They manufacture wine cellar refrigeration units California that suit the size of the wine room and address the cooling needs of clients.

Here are several of their recently finished refrigerated wine cellars projects in the California state.  Arctic Metalworks collaborated with Coastal Custom Wine Cellars in these projects.  The latter handled design and construction, while the former supplied the proper climate control systems.  The type of wine cellar refrigeration units used to achieve a balanced wine storage temperature was a commercial grade, ductless split refrigeration system.

Ductless split climate control systems offer flexible installation options with aesthetic considerations.  A split cooling system consists of an evaporator and condensing unit.  The split feature allows the heat generating part of the equipment (condensing unit) to be placed in a remote area, such as the backyard, garage, or attic.  Copper tubing and electrical wiring are used to connect the condensing unit to the evaporator unit, which is usually installed inside or near refrigerated wine cellars.

Split, non-ducted wine cellar refrigeration units are not only efficient in maintaining the best wine storage temperature, but also in providing quiet and unobtrusive operation that suits aging wines well.

Aliso Viejo Refrigerated Wine Cellars Project

Aliso Viejo Refrigerated Wine Cellars

Aliso Viejo Refrigerated Wine Cellars

For this wine cellar refrigeration units California installation project in Aliso Viejo, Arctic Metalworks installed a split refrigeration system.  The evaporator unit was placed just above the entryway to the residential wine cellar, while the compressor was placed in the yard at the side of the house.  To keep the evaporator unit out of sight, it was covered with an operable, louvered grill cover, constructed from All Heart Redwood.

Coto de Caza Orange County California Project

Coto de Caza Wine Cellar Refrigeration Units

Coto de Caza Wine Cellar Refrigeration Units

To maintain the ideal wine storage temperature in this custom wine room in Coto de Caza Orange County, California, the Arctic team built and installed a ductless split refrigeration unit.  For a whisper-quiet and non-obtrusive operation, the compressor was placed outdoors on the rooftop.  The refrigeration system’s evaporator was installed in the wine room and was concealed in a lattice style grill box and cover made out of Mahogany.

Newport Coast Beach California Wine Cellar Refrigeration Units

Newport Coast Wine Cellar Refrigeration Units California

Newport Coast Wine Cellar Refrigeration Units California

In this particular refrigerated wine cellars installation project in Newport Coast Beach, California, Arctic Metalworks mounted the evaporator unit within the racking frame on the right side wall.  The cooling system is concealed with a hinged, louvered panel cover, built from the same material as the wine storage and display racks.

The cooling system’s evaporator unit is placed inside the wine cellar because it does generate noise and heat.  A specially constructed grill cover is used to cover the equipment, to keep it hidden from view and thereby maintain room aesthetics.  The grill is made from the same wood species as the wine racking solutions, as this creates a beautiful and seamless appearance.  Additionally, the panel cover is designed with a hinge to provide flexibility for cleaning and maintenance in the future.


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Wine Cellar Design – New California Residential Fully Custom Project

Wine Cellar Design – New California Residential Fully Custom Project (A Processed Video Transcription)


New Residential Wine Cellar Design California Fully Custom Project

Hi and thank you for visiting Coastal Custom Wine Cellars.  I’m going to take you through our wine cellar design California process.

Wine Cellar Design California – Dana Point Project

This particular job is a project we recently completed in Dana Point, California.  We actually created the residential wine cellar Orange County in the enclosure in a two-car garage.  We will be sharing some photographs of the wine cellar design with you as well.

Everyone that comes to Coastal Custom Wine Cellars receives a complimentary three dimensional wine cellar design California.  It includes the plan view which is what we are looking at now, some elevations, and some 3D visuals.  This particular residential wine cellar as you can see the dimensions are posted here just over 11′ long and just over 5′ wide.  This particular cellar accommodated 725 bottles and a fairly large percentage of them included wood case storage, 1.5 liter, 3 liter, and even 6 liter requirement.

The limited height that we had because of some obstacles in the garage just over 6’2″ I believe, but we were still able to manage over 700 bottles, right at 725 bottles as you can see.  Those numbers are posted here and how these various bottles are broken down into various components are also posted just above that.

Wine Cellar Design - Elevations

Wine Cellar Design – Elevations

Let’s take a look at Elevation A, which is the right side wall as you enter from here.  Elevation A is for the most part single bottle storage openings.  I call these openings universal openings.  They measure 3 3/4 inch x 3 3/4 inch inside dimension which essentially means you can store just about any 750 ml bottle in the marketplace, including standard champagne bottles, Oregon Pinots, Shiraz, Zinfandels, and California Bluechips.  Very few bottles will not fit here.

We also included a high reveal display row and as you can see from the side view, the bottles pitch to the 15-degree angle.  Many of our clients like to include some soft LED wine cellar lighting in this area here which is called the light valance just above the display, which will illuminate these bottles.  Not only is it a beautiful feature to the wine cellar design, but it’s a good management tool as well for a residential wine cellar Orange County.  You can store like wines above and below the display row.

Wine Storage Furniture

The open area here is open to the garage wall.  We included a tabletop, drawers for wine accoutrements (e.g. corkscrews, napkins) and some bulk wine storage just below that.  The client had a number of large format bottles, so just above the opening we have capacity for 4 magnums or 1.5 liter bottles and these are stored and displayed in a label forward, horizontal display.

Residential Wine Cellar - Wine Racks Design

Residential Wine Cellar – Wine Racks Design

The back wall across from the entry has an opening for wood cases.  These little icons here represent wood case openings, and we flanked that with some more of the single bottle wine storage and the display row.  But below, and as you can see from the side view, we created this to be a double deep configuration.  The wine storage capacity was increased a bit and offered more tabletop area while the client was in there managing and working with the wines.

The left side wall is where we included most of the 3-liter and the 6-liter displays as you can see there at the top.  A little bit of single bottle storage so that we can continue the high reveal display going around the perimeter of the room.  These are adjustable shelves so the client can control the spacing for the different sized wood cases that he offered.

The end piece here is called a quarter round display shelf.  It is not necessarily intended for wines to be stored vertically as we have depicted here.  You could put decanters or other decorative items there.  As you can see it just makes a nice finish or an end to the cellarage that is on the left side wall.

3D Wine Cellar Design California

3D Wine Cellar Design California

These three dimensional wine cellar design views give you a great idea of how everything is going to tie together.  This actual opening right here was left open where we placed our CellarPro exterior vent cooling unit.  We also included in our design our Tuscan-styled arched door.  It has an operable iron grill, which means you can open it for cleaning purposes and then close it back.

I certainly hope you enjoyed the tour here.  Cheers!




Residential Wine Cellar California - Before Photo

Residential Wine Cellar California – Before Photo


Dana Point Completed Residential Wine Cellar

Dana Point Completed Residential Wine Cellar


Check out the other residential wine cellar design California projects we completed:

Aliso Viejo Residential Wine Cellar

Coto de Caza Wine Cellar Design

Newport Coast Residential Wine Cellar

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