Fine wines are wines that are stored properly.
Fine wines, particularly red wines, will benefit greatly from medium to long-term ageing, where tannins, oak, and fruit will integrate accordingly for the wine to reach its optimum quality. Although, a wine must be stored properly with the correct humidity, temperature, light conditions, and minimal vibrations or it will mature too fast.
Storage is important for wines that are going to be drunk for pleasure. It’s also important for wine bought by investors because their value increased with age. Proof of good storage or provenance is vital when selling wine.
Storage is not only important for wines destined to be drunk for pleasure, but also for wines bought by investors whose values increase with bottle-age – where proof of good storage (or provenance) is paramount for selling the wine.
Wine storage is an art form. Follow these five rules to ensure that your wine will reach its full potential at home.
It’s difficult to store wine at exact temperatures and humidity without special temperature controlled wine cabinets and cellar conditioners.
For serious enthusiasts and investors where provenance is vital, storing wine at a specialist warehouse is a good option.
There are two main ways of storing wine – in bond and duty paid:
Wine that is held in a bonded warehouse and has not passed through customs or been subjected to VAT or duty.
Wine may also be kept in specialist storage facilities where the duty and VAT has already been paid.