3 Top Tips for Storing Wine as Long as Possible

Wine has been a popular drink for thousands of years. Cultures around the world and throughout history, from ancient Greeks and Romans to modern day Europeans and Americans, have drunk wine for both recreational and ceremonial purposes. While most of us simply buy our wine from the local supermarket, many of us will occasionally splash out on something a little more special. Whether the wine you buy is expensive or not, it is always worth knowing how to correctly store it so that it doesn't lose its flavor or consistency.

Here are some of the most essential tips when it comes to storing your wine correctly.

Keep it in the Dark

UV rays will cause a number of compounds in the wine to degrade. This will leave it with an unpleasant odor and taste, so you should, therefore, keep all wine away from light sources. Dark bottles will offer some level of protection to the liquid inside. Some manufacturers even use bottles that have special UV filters built in, however, these defenses aren’t perfect, and enough light can still make it through to ruin the wine.

If keeping the bottle out of the light altogether isn’t possible, then consider keeping it wrapped in a cloth, or in a box or cupboard where it will be safe.

Store Corked Wine Bottles on Their Sides

If a corked wine bottle is stored upright for a prolonged period of time, then the cork will eventually dry out and no longer be capable of protecting the wine. Once air starts getting to the wine it will begin to spoil. Storing the bottles on their sides before you open them will ensure that they keep for as long as possible.

Maintain a Constant Temperature

If you are looking to store and age wine for a year or longer, then you will almost certainly need refrigeration. A below-ground cellar is only suitable for relatively short-term storage of wine. If wine reaches a temperature of 75 Fahrenheit then it will begin to oxidize, it is, therefore, best to ensure that your wine remains below this temperature wherever possible. You want to keep the temperature consistent. Rises in temperature force wine through the cork. When the temperature drops again air is sucked in and begins to react with the wine.

If you need to move your wine from one temperature environment to another then do this as slowly as possible so that any changes in the wine’s temperature are as gradual as possible. The more rapid and dramatic the temperature changes that your wine undergoes, the more it will be affected. Fluctuations that are greater than 1.6 centigrade a day (or 2.7 a year) will cause wine, especially red wines, to age prematurely.

If you have recently spent some money on a wine investment then you will want to make sure that it is kept safe, it may be worth checking out companies such as Octavian Vaults for high-end fine wine storage.

Wine can be stored for a long period of time, as long as the appropriate steps are taken. You can’t just leave a bottle of wine out in the open and hope that it survives ok, but with a minimal amount of investment and preparation, you can ensure that your wine stays good as long as possible.