The head sommelier & wine director Björnstierne Antonsson reflects on the topic of building a wine cellar. [read the full champagne story]
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There are several factors to consider before embarking on this project. As an experienced sommelier, I have accumulated valuable knowledge that I am happy to share with you to help you build the perfect wine cellar.
The first thing to think about is the location of the wine cellar. Ideally, the basement should be located in a cool place with minimal light. Too much light can damage the taste and texture of the wine, so it is important to have good lighting in the cellar that does not damage the wine. It is also important that the cellar is not located near any heat sources or damp areas, as these factors can damage the wine.
Once you have found the right place, it is time to choose the right material for the walls and floor of the basement. Concrete or bricks are good options because they have high density and can maintain a constant temperature. The floor should also be made of concrete or some other non-absorbent material, as this can help maintain a constant temperature and humidity in the basement.