Apart from the wine itself, the most dominant aspect of most cellars is the racking.
Ashcroft’s racking is manufactured by craftsmen joiners and furniture makers in our own workshops. It is different and built to higher standards than other superficially similar looking racking.
For individual bottle supports, we interlock a single support onto an upright rather than accept the cheaper (and weaker) option of tacking on a square peg with a nail which will eventually work loose.
Every component will be hand sanded and every surface which is likely to come in contact with a label will be rounded to prevent damage.
If diamond bins are adopted, they will be sized and proportioned such that the edges of each align with edges no matter how tall or wide, rather than taking standard diamond dimensions and cutting through them to produce odd and sometimes unusable part diamonds on edges.
Western Red Cedar is the preferred timber for racking because of its durability, strength, softness, and appearance, but we will produce your racking in any suitable species you specify.
Two important aspects of well designed wine storage are the temperature and humidity of the air.
It is generally accepted that the perfect conditions for storing most wines is a constant temperature of 14°C - 16°C and a relative humidity of 55% - 75%.
The opening and closing of doors, and heat given off by people within the cellar will all effect the ambient air temperature and humidity, and if a cellar is to be enjoyed and used as more than just a storeroom, it is difficult to maintain temperature within the narrow range of 2°C.
Most experts acknowledge that for most mixed collections of wines, a temperature range of 8°C - 16°C is acceptable, as long as the changes in temperature within this range occur slowly.