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Have you always wanted a wine cellar?

By carly, April 16th, 2020

Have you always wanted a wine cellar? Tania MacPhee recently shared some of her hot tips about things you should consider when designing a wine cellar with InsideOut magazine for their article “I’ve always wanted a wine cellar.”

Her advice is based on years of experience helping clients bring to life the wine space or cellar that they have always dreamed of.

Please click below to read the article or contact us if you’d like some help planning your cellar.

I always wanted a wine cellar article

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39. What is the best wine storage for your home?

By carly, November 16th, 2018

A growing number of people are looking to include wine storage in their homes and the options can be a little overwhelming. Recently Tania MacPhee shared some insights regarding wine storage with the readers of The Adelaide Advertiser’s Sunday Mail and

The article prompts you to ask yourself some questions when determining whether a wine cellar, wine cabinet or wine wall is the best option for you. Ask yourself where in the home you want to locate the wine storage and what type of aesthetics appeal to you? How do you use your wine and is your collection is made up of bulk wine or special individual bottles?

Whilst this is a good starting point, really the best advice that we can offer is to seek out expert advice upfront. Our team has been involved in the design and construction of hundreds of wine spaces over 15 years. If you are planning to design or build a wine space we can help you create something that is not only beautiful but performs its role of protecting your wine properly.

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38. EuroCave Compact Wine Cabinets At TarraWarra Winery

By Tania MacPhee, August 22nd, 2018

EuroCave’s core commitment is to preserve the very nature of wine from the grape grower to the wine maker to the sommelier and the lucky individuals enjoying the wine. So when a highly respected winery wants to update their Cellar Door, EuroCave wine cabinets are the obvious choice to protect their wine.

TarraWarra Estate is a prestigious winery in the Yarra Valley. The owners Marc and Eva Besen claim that “from the outset [their] vision has been to produce wines of great quality and integrity amidst a location of beauty and welcome.”

In 2016, they engaged Kerstin Thompson Architects to redesign the cellar door and recently, the firm’s Director Kerstin spoke with Architel TV about the design which she describes as “combining an Australian landscape setting with the subterranean charm of a European wine cellar”.

Integrating the EuroCave wine cabinets under the serving area ensures easy access to the wine. Including multiple wine cabinets means that each can be kept at the ideal serving temperature for a particular wine varietal, therefore enhancing drinking enjoyment for the winery’s visitors.

Kerstin Thompson Architects’ unique design has been highly acclaimed winning the 2017 AIA Victorian Chapter – Commercial Architecture. To see the complete video, please click here.

36. High-end multi-residential developments attracting buyers with wine storage

By Tania MacPhee, June 21st, 2018

Multi-residential living is rising in popularity, its appeal undeniably driven the lifestyle that it can offer.

No surprise then that developers are looking for ways to differentiate their property. After all, sellers want to attract the highest price possible and the best way to do this is to offer premium fixtures & fittings, services and amenities. As outlined in this article by Australian Financial Review in “Life & Leisure”, many up-market developments are incorporating a wine cellar into their design to do just that.

The team at EuroCave is currently working with Orchard Piper and architect Stephen Jolson to build a European styled climate and humidity controlled cellar for the upmarket Mathoura Road project now being built.

This is a trend gaining momentum with other multi-residential developments also choosing to incorporate a communal wine room or specifying an integrated wine cabinet in each apartment. The team at EuroCave works with and provides technical advice to leading architect firms, interior designers and property developers on many projects.

If you would like to discuss your needs, please call 1800 733 621.

35. EuroCave is thrilled to receive two Red Dot Design Awards!

By Tania MacPhee, June 12th, 2018

Red Dot is one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions and recognition for exceptional quality design.

The 2018 edition of the competition received over 6,300 objects from designers and manufacturers in 59 countries. The jury of experts, composed of around forty members, examined each product according to a strict set of assessment criteria: degree of innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics and durability.

This year, EuroCave, won two Red Dot prizes for the following:

Designand performance are the watchwords for the EuroCave Group. Since its creation over 40 years ago, EuroCave has promoted the values of elegance and French lifestyle. These two awards are fitting recognition of our team’s work and dedication to producing the best wine store cabinets on the world!

34. Hot tips for creating your dream kitchen

By Tania MacPhee, June 12th, 2018

Kitchens have come a long way. No longer are they simply a functional space to work in, but they are often considered the “heart of the home” where much of our day to day living is done.

With the kitchen playing such an important role, it makes sense to plan this space carefully so that it optimises both functionality and aesthetics. Here are some luxury features that can make all the difference!

If you’re the type of person that likes 10 cups of tea a day, installing an instant boiling water tap in the kitchen can be a great idea. This not only eliminates the need for a kettle (reducing bench top clutter) but means that you have boiling water at the push of a button whether for a cuppa or a pot of pasta. Another big plus is that these taps often come with the option for filtered, chilled or even sparkling water. A simple safety switch ensures that little fingers are protected.

Of course, if you desire a more “café authentic” coffee, then including a coffee machine in your design could mean starting your day on a high as well as providing a convenient alternative to your local café (not to mention long term cost savings).

A steam oven is a terrific addition to your kitchen allowing you to make nutritious meals by eliminating the use of oils and fats from you cooking. Better still, its naturally a quicker way to cook so perfect for our busy lives.

If space is an issue, consider integrating appliances to provide a more cohesive look and the illusion of space. There are many alternatives to “full sized” appliances that can be incorporated into your design including fridge / freezer or dishwasher drawers.

For wine lovers, incorporating a wine cabinet or fridge in the kitchen is a great idea. Choose from a single temperature cabinet for longer term cellaring or a multiple temperature cabinet to keep all varietals at ideal drinking temperature, ready to enjoy at a moment’s notice. EuroCave has a range which can be fully integrated into joinery, there are various sizes including one which can be built in alongside other appliances at eye level

Finally, a very practical addition to your kitchen is a charging station. These can be neatly hidden inside a drawer so that you can recharge your phone or watch. Never again will you leave the house to discover that your phone or smart watch is out of battery.

To get the most out of your kitchen design, we recommend engaging an expert such smarterBATHROOMS+. They can help you define your priorities and determine what are the most important inclusions to ensure that you end up with your dream kitchen.

33. Aberfeldie Cellar short listed in 2018 Australian Interior Design Awards.

By Tania MacPhee, April 13th, 2018

Aberfeldie Wine Cellar

We are thrilled that Aberfeldie Cellar has been short listed in the 2018 Australian Interior Design Awards.

Congratulations to CoLAB Design Studio who designed this stunning private wine room. The wine wall consists of six EuroCave Revelation Wine Cabinets… the ultimate in quality, design and luxurious features.

The client’s brief initially was to create a climate controlled wine cellar that would age his wine collection in perfect conditions. He also wanted to be able to invite guests into his cellar to taste wine. The problem was that a room set at 14 degrees Celsius and high humidity would not be a pleasant environment in which to entertain.

Instead, Tania MacPhee, Managing Director of EuroCave Australia recommended creating a wine wall encompassing six beautiful EuroCave Revelation wine cabinets which would protect his wine collection and allow the remainder of the room to remain at room temperature. We also recommended joinery to frame the wine cabinets, a plinth to elevate the units and cabinetry for glassware, decanters and other wine accessories as well as a table and chairs so guests can sit and enjoy fine wine.

Revelation wine cabinets are the perfect choice to create luxurious wine walls and include seamless glass doors, full cabinet lighting and soft close shelving with black gloss fascias and individual “mains du sommeliers” which cradle each bottle of wine, along with a long list of features that provide the ultimate in wine storage for the discerning collector.

The team at EuroCave Australia works with and provides technical advice to leading architects and interior designers creating unique and beautiful wine spaces for their clients. Please contact us if you have a project we can assist you with.

31. Champagne Lovers out there…take note!

By Tania MacPhee, December 11th, 2017

Recently we had the pleasure of attending one of Tyson Stelzer’s events “Taste Champagne 2017”. This was a wonderful evening filled with loads of info on everything you ever wanted to know about Champagne, and of course of lots of tasting to help us along. We loved it and highly recommend signing up for future events hosted by Tyson which you can do by visiting his website

Tyson Stelzer is a multi-award winning wine writer, television presenter and international speaker. He was named The International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year, The Australian Wine Communicator of the Year and The International Champagne Writer of the Year. He is the author and publisher of sixteen wine books, a regular contributor to fifteen magazines, a frequent judge and chair at Australian wine shows and has presented at wine events in nine countries. His new book, The Champagne Guide 2018-2019, is out now.

28. Thinking of auctioning some wine? Here’s what you need to know…

By Craig MacPhee, August 31st, 2017

By Craig MacPhee

Auctioning Wine

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If you haven’t done it before, the idea of auctioning wine can seem a little daunting. However, it is actually a pretty simple and easy process… and can be a great option if you find yourself with too much of a particular wine or your taste in wine has changed.

Of course, this does depend on a number of factors. The secondary market is quite strong for popular iconic wines and those often purchased with the purpose of cellaring, for example Penfolds 389, Rockford or wines with a global demand such as quality Burgundy and Bordeaux. Keep in mind that provenance (a record of its origin and authenticity) along with proof that it been cellared in ideal conditions and at 14°C +/- 1°C is highly desirable. For lesser wines you may struggle to get what you paid for them years ago.

So what’s the difference between various auction houses and exchanges? An auction has an end date so you are likely to get a quicker result. Exchanges list wines for sale and this tends to take much longer to transact. It is a function of price though so it will depend on your expectation regarding this. If you decide on an auction, insist on setting reserves for your wines to avoid them selling too cheaply. It might take several auctions so try and be patient.

Most of the following auction houses have on line tools to give you approximate price ranges or will do a valuation for you.

Here are some of them:

Some are better suited to certain wines / people so feel free to ask us for advice. Often we can help you achieve a better rate too.Typically it’s 10-15% of the sale price and some freight costs to get it to them depending on where you are.

Buying wine at auction can also be an attractive buthas some risks…. a topic for another time!

27. We all like to enjoy a glass… but is wine a good investment?

By Craig MacPhee, May 1st, 2017

We all like to enjoy a glass…
but is wine a good investment?

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Well isn’t that the million dollar question!

Many of us believe that wine generally belongs to a select group of consumer items with the potential to appreciate in value over time but is this really the case?

While a small percentage of wine is suitable to be held as part of an investment portfolio, in our opinion the vast bulk is not.

The past decade had seen a number of scams purporting to offer solid investment opportunities in the premium wine market. The lure of inflated potential returns combined with overly enthusiastic wine rating systems has seen many superannuation funds and private investors lose significant amounts of money.

The key issue is that the quantity of great wines that might appreciate in value is so limited, that it is near impossible to acquire enough of it to create a viable business model to make money.

Some wines do go up in value and net profits are achievable with a careful and informed selection – but it’s more of a by-product of buying limited highly sought after wines. Some of these are Australian and others old world like Bordeaux and Burgundy. Like any collectible – it works for some very knowledgeable people with higher risk tolerance. Unfortunately though, most stories have a sad ending.

If you’re still not convinced and still considering, be sure read some good blogs on wine investment scams to educate yourself first. As the old saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

Our advice is, if you have a case or two of Grange tucked away as an investment, is that it may be wise to reconsider. Either plan to drink it or sell it and invest in something better like a long term managed fund or some shares. Generally wine is for drinking short or long term so stick to that and you won’t be disappointed.

Remember that even if you are storing wine over time simply for your own personal enjoyment (rather than investment), you must still keep it properly cellared. As Jancis Robinson states “wine is relatively sensitive to storage conditions and is one of the very few consumer products that can improve with age”. It is crucial that wine is stored in perfect conditions if it is to mature as the wine maker intended. After all there is no greater pleasure than opening a well cellared wine with some age that is “fresh” and lively rather than that dull sensation you can experience with poorly stored wine.

If you need help selecting a wine cabinet to suit your collection or designing / building a cellar that not only looks amazing but performs its crucial role of protecting your wine, we have a specialist team that can help. Please call 1800 733 621 for more information.

26. Underground Cellars – Are They Cold Enough To Cellar Wine?

By Tania MacPhee, March 2nd, 2017

There is no doubt that we’d all love a truly subterranean cellar to hide away and enjoy our wines and watch them mature gracefully. Even better if it’s got a secret door hey? Many of us romanticise this idea based on our fond memories of grandparents with old cellars where you would walk into this naturally cool space year round (perhaps even with some cured meats maturing), or the “caves” in Champagne, Burgundy and other wine regions in Europe.

It is commonly known that earth or soil is a great insulator so doesn’t it make sense that positioning your cellar underground will be sufficient to provide your wine with a cool, temperature controlled environment? Well yes and no. True underground cellars have metres of earth protecting them around the perimeter, and most importantly ABOVE the cellar to keep the space cool. Interestingly, 2 metres of earth is equivalent to 5cm of modern insulation product.

Many of the “underground” cellars we see designed in Australia are often protected not by earth, but by concrete which is a very poor insulator. Even worse, these spaces generally open into basement car parks and garages so the warm air comes straight in through the surrounding walls, or are largely underground except for a concrete slab above which poses the same issues. Add to this, the increasingly warm Summers that Australia is experiencing and it is not difficult to understand why we receive many calls at this time of the year from concerned wine lovers whose cellars are simply not keeping to correct temperature.

Wine requires a constant temperature of 14°C to mature as the wine maker intended. Trying to retro fit insulation and a cellar conditioner such as the EuroCave equivalent after building your cellar can be a messy and costly process. PLEASE consider insulation and installing a cellar conditioner in the planning stages of your cellar. Without these you will achieve very little – the end result will just be a partly underground “hot box” storage area, something that we see far too often. Achieving 14°C is never as easy as people think. Unless you have access to a real cave to keep your wine collection cool, it is best to talk to a cellar expert upfront – it might save you some money and pain later on.

EuroCave works with home owners, architects and builders on a daily basis. We are able to offer you expert advice on designing your cellar to create the perfect conditions for your wine.

25. Building Your Ideal Butler’s Pantry

By Tania MacPhee, February 9th, 2017

Including a butler’s pantry in your new house or renovation has become increasingly popular in recent times. With open plan living becoming the norm, the kitchen has assumed pride of place in many homes. No longer is it hidden away in a room of its own or set in a back corner of the home, but rather it is often a focal point and even a way to express the home’s personality. This is the place where much of the family’s daily activities and entertaining revolve, which is undoubtably why the saying “kitchens sell homes” holds true. So having a beautiful kitchen has become a key priority for home owners and a butler’s pantry has become a highly desirable addition. Not only does it provide extra storage space in close proximity to the kitchen but it is an ideal place to accommodate additional facilities and essentially “hide” some of the messier elements of a kitchen… particularly when entertaining (no one want to look at a pile of dirty dishes as they are eating dinner!)

When planning your butler’s pantry is is good to keep the following in mind as things you may want to include:

Finally, when planning your butler’s pantry make sure that you incorporate sufficient lighting, plenty of power points for built in appliances and some extras above the bench for portable appliances and consider adding an exhaust fan for when you are using them.

However you design your butler’s pantry, make sure that it reflects how you live. Happy planning!

22. 4 Things To Consider Before Adding A Wine Cellar

By Tania MacPhee, May 24th, 2016

Tania MacPhee of EuroCave Australia and MacPhee’s Wine Storage has years of experience in helping people build the perfect wine cellar. Recently she was interviewed by to share her expertise in an article about the “4 things to consider before adding a wine cellar”. Be sure to watch the video – this is essential reading and viewing for anyone thinking about building a wine cellar.” Tania MacPhee of EuroCave Australia and MacPhee’s Wine Storage has years of experience in helping people build the perfect wine cellar.

Recently she was interviewed by to share her expertise in an article about the “4 things to consider before adding a wine cellar”. Be sure to watch the video – this is essential reading and viewing for anyone thinking about building a wine cellar.

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21. Wine Fridge or Wine Cabinet?

By Tania MacPhee, February 26th, 2016

What is the difference between a wine cabinet and a wine fridge… and how do I select one?

You’ve invested considerable time and money in your wine collection, so finding a suitable storage solution to protect your wine for years to come is essential.

With so many wine storage options on the market – from climate-controlled cellars to wine fridges and cabinets – determining the best solution for your collection and lifestyle can feel overwhelming. Below we’ll step you through the main considerations and questions people have when investing in a wine fridge.

1. Wine Fridge vs Wine Cabinet vs Wine Cooler – is there a difference? 

The terms “wine fridge”, “wine cabinet” and “wine cooler” are used interchangeably and essentially refer to the same thing. The main point is that they should protect your wine, and are not to be confused with a standard kitchen refrigerator, which will not protect your wine in the same way that a specialised wine fridge will. Whilst a standard kitchen fridge maintains a consistent temperature, the temperature is too cold and doesn’t provide the other environmental conditions necessary to protect wine over time.

2. What is the purpose of a wine fridge?

The ultimate goal of any serious wine collector is to enjoy their wine at its peak. This is achieved by allowing wine to mature gracefully by cellaring it for the recommended period which varies depending on variety, vintage, and producer. There are five specific environmental conditions required to meet optimal cellaring conditions, which include:

  1. Consistent temperature (12-14°C)
  2. Protection from UV light
  3. Minimal vibration
  4. Hygrometry (humidity) of 70-80%
  5. Ventilation and air flow

You can read about these conditions in more detail here.

3. What is the best wine fridge for me?

Some of the things to consider when determining the best wine fridge for you are:

Where in the home do you plan to locate the wine fridge?

If you are building a new kitchen and want to incorporate a wine fridge into the design, the size of the wine fridge will need to be determined early on so you can allow appropriate space. If seeking a streamlined look, wine fridges in the EuroCave Integrated range are designed to integrate seamlessly behind custom cabinetry or glass integrated doors. These wine fridges are specifically designed for this purpose, with front ventilation and other features. They can also make a fabulous feature in a bar or entertaining area.

Wine fridges can also be a wonderful feature in other parts home and used to showcase your collection.  With elegant lighting, quality finishes and presentation shelves, these can transform the look and feel of a space. Or if you are looking for a wine fridge solely to protect your wine collection in a garage or spare room, then there are options for that also.

How much wine do you need to store?

Is your wine collection made up of just a few cases of wine or do you have an extensive collection built up over the years?  This will determine the size of wine fridge you require as well as the type of shelving most suitable for you.  Some wine fridges offer the ability to customise shelving so you can select roller mounted shelving for easy access to bottles, fixed shelves to maximise capacity for bulk storage, or presentation shelves to showcase those special bottles.

Is a Single, Multi or Dual Temperature wine fridge best?

There really is a wine fridge for all occasions and lifestyles. It is important to be really clear about the purpose for which you want a wine fridge, so that you can determine which one is most suitable for you.

For example, some wine fridges offer dual or multi-zones within a single unit, designed to keep wines at the optimal drinking temperature, but are not for long-term wine storage.  Here is a quick breakdown of functionality for each model:

Some wine fridges also have an added preservation feature, and can keep open bottles fresh for up to 10 days. This could be a useful feature in a household where each person drinks a different type of wine, or if you want to enjoy a bottle of wine over a few nights.

4. What are the other things you should consider when selecting a fridge?

For the sake of your collection, always invest in quality. The cost is too great if you don’t – some wines are irreplaceable.

The first step is identifying a brand of wine fridge that you are confident will store your wine safely. Quality encompasses a number of different elements, but if you purchase a wine fridge from a company with the following qualities you won’t go wrong:

Remember, investing more upfront for a superior quality wine fridge means that you will not only have a wine fridge that better protects your wine, but one that will last for decades making it a clever choice all round.

Whether you’re in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth or anywhere else in Australia, our specialists can assist you in finding the perfect wine fridge to suit your wine collection and lifestyle, so drop us an email or give us a call to learn more.

17. What is the best temperature for serving wine?

By Tania MacPhee, July 22nd, 2015

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It may sound simple, but most wine experts agree the single most important factor affecting our wine enjoyment is serving temperature.

Unfortunately, people often make the mistake of drinking white wines straight from the fridge (at 5°C), which is too cold and red wines at room temperature (anywhere between 20-30°C) which is too warm. Unfortunately, some restaurants serve their whites and reds at these temperatures too!

When white wine is too cold it doesn’t allow the flavours and aromatics to show to their full potential, and acidity can take over so you cannot taste the nuances of the wine. And when a red is too warm the alcohol shows too aggressively and the wine can blow out and become imbalanced.

So, what is the best temperature to serve wine?

The answer is that when it comes to serving wine, different types of wine are best enjoyed at different temperatures, ranging from 6°C to 18°C.

Ideal serving or drinking temperatures for each wine type are listed in the table below.

Ok, so should white wine and red wine be STORED or CELLARED at different temperatures too?

The answer is most definitely NO. ALL wine, regardless of its varietal, should be stored or cellared at the exact same temperature. A consistent storage temperature of 14°C will allow slow, graceful maturation and will yield great rewards, as you will enjoy your wine exactly as the wine maker intended. Ideal cellaring or storage temperatures for each wine type are also listed in the table below.




Cabernet / Shiraz



Pinot Noir






Sauvignon Blanc






EuroCave Single Temperature Wine Cabinets for Cellaring Wine
For the collector of fine wines, EuroCave offers you a luxurious range of wine cabinets for cellaring your wine collection. These wine cabinets store, protect and nurture your wine, bringing it slowly and gracefully to maturity.

EuroCave Multitple Temperature Wine Cabinets for Serving Wine
For the ultimate wine drinking experience, EuroCave multiple temperature wine cabinets allow all varietals to be served at their ideal drinking temperatures. All your wines will be on hand, ready to drink at the perfect temperature, for a relaxing glass for yourself, or to impress even a large group of the most discerning guests.

For expert advice please call 1800 733 621. We’re happy to help.

16. Wine cellars are the latest property trend

By Tania MacPhee, April 10th, 2015

EuroCave Australia assisted Tim and Anastasia with the cooling system for their cellar on Channel 9’s ‘The Block’. This article, replicated below, was featured in ‘Domain’ on the use of Wine Cellars as the Latest Property Trend

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During the past nine seasons, Channel 9’s The Block has embraced, accelerated and sometimes even been at the forefront of the latest interior and architectural trends.

And the unveiling of the show’s first wine cellars this season demonstrates it still has its finger on the pulse, with these oft-forgotten rooms an increasingly popular feature in luxury homes.

Gone are the days of keeping your wine in dusty boxes or at the back of a cupboard; temperature controlled rooms, wine racks and ambient lighting are now essential aspects of a top-quality home cellar.

The Block‘s executive producer Julian Cress said that the inclusion of wine cellars at the South Yarra apartments was a must for the type of buyers the contestants are trying to attract.

“Purchasers get really excited when they see where their wine collections can go and envisage themselves living in a place with a cellar,” he said.

Kay and Burton’s Nicole Gleeson agrees, saying that properties with a wine-storage facility have been popular among buyers at the top end of the market for some time.

Of the four cellars created on The Block this week, each had  a unique style, all sure to appeal to a range of wine buffs come auction day.

But Darren and Deanne’s cellar, along with their powder room and laundry, most impressed the judges, winning them their second room of the series.

Marie Bagnato, of Bagnato Architects, says  during the past eight years, wine cellars have become an increasingly common request in her client’s briefs.

“[Wine cellars are] a little bit more of a luxury item, so when people are doing large renovations or new houses and the budget is fairly expensive, it is something that they want as part of the overall package,” she said.

Traditionally, cellars were dug deep into the ground like the historic wine caves in Europe, but Ms Bagnato says the price can change drastically from a couple of extra thousand for a cellar above the ground, to an extra $100,000 to put it underground.

Tania MacPhee of EuroCave, which supplied Tim and Anastasia with the cooling system for their cellar, has seen all sorts of spaces turned into cellars.

“Almost any space can be converted into a wine cellar, such as a pantry, cupboard or spare room,” she said.

“Cellars can also be built in garages. We have even seen an old water-tank converted into a wine cellar.”

To create a wine cellar, Ms MacPhee says you need a dedicated room or space that has good insulation and is temperature controlled to 14 degrees with low humidity.

Ms MacPhee warns against using too much glass in cellar designs because it is a poor insulator.

“Any glazing in a cellar needs to be double glazed with a special coating and argon filled.”

15. Top 8 Gifts For A Wine Connoisseur

By Tania MacPhee, November 25th, 2014

We are often asked by partners of wine enthusiasts ‘What do I get them for Christmas / their birthday / our Anniversary?’

To help with this dilemma, we’ve put together a gift list any wine enthusiast would love. If you are the prospective recipient, all you have to do is print this list and subtly leave it lying around the house in the hope that someone will take a hint. Fingers crossed!

1) A Magnum

Wynns Magnum

Wynns Magnum

Why you ask? Because a lot of the time we don’t get to open one and, well, it provides  more of a “WOW” factor than two 750ml bottles – even if it’s just a good everyday wine. That’s right, it doesn’t have to be a top tier release (like Rockford Basket Press or Cullen Diana Madeline), just a BIG BOTTLE.

A magnum makes even the most humble wine look great. Your friends will feel special and as a host, you will get lots of brownie points. Some examples – Wynns Black Label Cabernet, Penfold Kalimna, Orlando, Petaluma, Yalumba.

2) A Decent Corkscrew

Code 38

Code 38 Corkscrew

Sure, many wines today are bottled under screwcap but don’t assume the corkscrew is dead.  How many times have you been to someone’s house for dinner and they take out a mangy bottle opener they bought at the supermarket in 1986? Not a good look. Every wine enthusiast needs a decent corkscrew full stop.

A woman I once worked with said she judged a man by his watch, his shoes and his friends.  Well, I think a corkscrew should be added to that list. Names to look out for:

For the classic man: Forge Laguiole (not just ANY Laguiole)

For the uber cool dude: Code38

For the man who likes big things: Le Creuset G10 (ex Screwpull)

For the picnic basket: Pulltab is excellent value for money

For the collector: a 2 prong corkscrew (these are often the only corkscrews that won’t result in a crumbling cork). There are only really two to consider here; 1. The Ah So Monopol (yes, this is the name – interesting story) from Germany that you can get here in Australia for under $20. The other one is the Durand (a nice piece of engineering, love the cork packaging).

3) An Aerator or Decanter


Vinturi Aerator

A good quality aerator releases and intensifies the natural aromas in wine and almost ‘wakes it up’ after being cooped up in a bottle. Wine will definitely taste better after it’s been aerated. A Nuance Wine Finer or a Vinturi Aerator are both very popular and these are great for every day use or to pack into the wine bag on weekends away.

For more formal occasions, a beautiful decanter does the job (along with a good wine funnel for an extra touch). All decanters pretty much do the same thing and the shape is really only aesthetics.

4) A Cool Gadget



The latest gadget to hit the market is the Coravin.  Essentially, it allows you to enjoy a glass of wine without ever pulling the cork. Check it out at

Pourvin takes the place of the traditional candle, illuminating while pouring the wine so sediment can be easily seen and separated from the clear wine. Visit .

5) A Good Book

Champagne by Tyson Stelzer

Champagne by Tyson Stelzer

You can’t go wrong with a book for the stocking and actual wine related “novels” are hard to come by.  Any of Campbell Mattinson’s stories like the ‘Wine Hunter’ or ‘Why The French Hate Us’, are a thoroughly good read and classics by Matt Kramer (‘On Wine’ or ‘Making Sense of Wine’) and Kermit Lynch (‘Adventures On The Wine Route’) might appeal.

As for coffee table books, you can’t go past Tyson Stelzer’s new Champagne book ‘The Champagne Guide 2014-2015’.

And of course, any of the wine guides by Jeremy Oliver, James Halliday, Robert Geddes or Nick Stock will be a winner.

6) The Right Glassware

Plumm Outdoor Glasses

Plumm Outdoor Glasses

There’s really no point in buying good wine if you’re going to drink it from an average glass. When I say ‘average’, I don’t necessarily mean inexpensive. You can get varietal glassware without spending a fortune. What really counts is the shape of the bowl as this will have a big impact on the taste of the wine. Whether it’s crystal or plain glass doesn’t matter as much (although you can’t beat a beautiful lightweight crystal glass).

Dinner parties: Schott Zwiesel has varietal glassware that won’t break the bank.


Zalto Glassware

Outdoor dining: Plumm Outdoors Glasses; polycarbonate varietal glassware in packs of 4. Go to

Just for you: Once you drink from Zalto glass, you will never go back. Made in Austria for six generations, their Burgundy glass was voted “The Best Burgundy Glass” in the world by an independent study by the German ‘Stein’ magazine. Zalto is made of mouth blown crystal and you’re not going to pay a premium for a mass market brand name here. Go to

7) WineArt wine preserver by EuroCave



I know, I know, you’re saying “but we always finish the bottle!”

There are times however when you might like a glass or two of wine, but you don’t want to drink the whole bottle. Or you may like to open more than one variety at a time, when you’d like a red but your partner would prefer a white. Without a wine preserver open wine will oxidise and spoil, and your good wine will be wasted.

WineArt allows you to preserve 2 opened bottles of wine for up to 10 days and keeps wine at ideal serving temperatures, ready to drink. Perfect wine by the glass service for you at home, with no waste. Also great for entertaining.

8) A EuroCave Wine Cabinet


EuroCave Wine Cabinet

It doesn’t get much better than this. If you’re very very good, Santa may bring you a EuroCave wine cabinet to cellar your wine collection. Beware though, you may be the victim of wine cabinet envy from your fellow wine enthusiast friends. The new Pure range is the most energy efficient, technically advanced and beautiful wine cabinet on the market. Learn more at

So there you have it. I hope you enjoy a lovely magnum you can store in your EuroCave, open with your decent corkscrew, aerate properly, drink out of the right glass, all while reading a riveting wine book and playing with your wine gadgets – it will be a very good Christmas indeed!


Craig and Tania MacPhee

MacPhee’s Wine Cellarage and EuroCave Australia

14. ShowCave, for restaurants and bars who are serious about wine.

By Tania MacPhee, October 9th, 2014

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ShowCave by EuroCave makes a strong statement in your restaurant, bar or hotel. Much more than just a wine cabinet, ShowCave creates a wine destination; attracting and encouraging guests to buy fine wines and enhancing their dining experience.


Several ShowCaves can be combined to create an impressive wine wall; a true destination and an inviting haven for wine. To learn more click here.

Australia’s best restaurants and hotels entrust their wine to EuroCave. Read testimonials.  Designed and manufactured in France, EuroCave is used by more wine professionals than any other brand, and is renowned for outstanding after sales service here in Australia.  EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development.  For expert advice please call 1800 733 621.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

13. Why You Should Not Put Air Conditioners In Wine Cellars

By Tania MacPhee, September 18th, 2014

EuroCave Wine Cellar Conditioner

Two of the most important conditions required to mature wine correctly are a consistently low temperature and high humidity.

Wine Needs a Consistently Low Temperature of 14 Degrees Celsius
We all know wine needs to be kept cool, but how cool does it need to be? Wine industry professionals recommend 12-14 degrees Celsius. It doesn’t really matter whether you go with 12 degrees, 13 degrees, or 14 degrees; the most important thing is that it stays at this cool temperature consistently.  A large fluctuation in temperature is most detrimental to wine.

An air conditioner is not designed to handle temperature this low, and it will
have trouble maintaining this low temperature consistently.

Wine Needs 65-75% Humidity
When it comes to humidity, anything above 50% is good but 65-75% is ideal. If the air is too humid, this could lead to label mould and if the air is too dry, this is where we really start to get into trouble. Low humidity in wine cellars dries out corks, and like a kitchen sponge that shrinks when it’s dry, corks will also shrink if there is not enough moisture in the air. When this happens, air enters the bottle and oxidizes the wine, turning it to vinegar – not a nice drop!

Traditional air conditioners do not manage humidity and actually remove
moisture from the air.

An INOA wine cellar conditioner takes care of both temperature and humidity using a patented neofresh cooling system designed to meet the requirements of wine cellar storage.

EuroCave INOA Wine Cellar Conditioners have been used in hundreds of wine cellars throughout Australia and are continuously specified by leading architects, designers, builders and air conditioning companies whenever a wine cellar is required.

If you are involved in creating a wine cellar, contact EuroCave on 1800 733 621 or for specialist advice, we’re happy to help.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

12. 7 Tips for Choosing Wine Racks

By Tania MacPhee, September 18th, 2014

EuroCave Wine Racking

When selecting or designing wine racks to store wine, quite a few things must be considered;

1. How many bottles do you want to store now and longer term?

Most wine enthusiasts have a magic number of bottles they want to cellar. It can range from a couple of hundred bottles through to thousands. Generally speaking, allow approximately 100 bottles per square meter of space. Also, once wine collectors have a wine storage solution, more wine is usually bought, so allow for growth in storage.

2. Is this for short term or long term drinking wine?

Wine racks are a good option for wine that is to be drunk in the short term, within 6 months or so. Longer term drinking wine really needs to be in a climate controlled environment (ie. a consistent low temperature of around 14 degrees Celsius and 65-75% humidity). In this case, offsite wine storage, a wine cellar or a wine cabinet should be considered.

3. Do you need single bottle storage, bulk storage or a combination of both?

If a wine collection is relatively young and has been bought as dozens, consider some bulk storage in the form of diamond bins or squares. As this wine is drunk over time, remaining bottles can be transferred to single bottle wine racks and replaced with newer bulk purchases.

4. Do you require storage for wooden cases?

Some wine producers sell their wine in wooden cases (usually 12 bottle cases with European producers and usually 6 bottle cases with Australian producers). EuroCave Modulorack is specifically designed for wooden cases and has roller mounted shelving for easy access.

5. Do you need to store ‘special’ bottles?

Wine racks generally cater for most bottle sizes although these won’t fit magnums or larger specialized Champagne bottles (like Dom Perignon, Krug or Taittinger for example). Some wine collectors like to keep a few empty bottles as a reminder of a particular occasion. Display Racking may be the way to go here, either in the form of shelving on the sides of the main wine racks or on the top of traditional ‘off the shelf’ wine racks.

6. Would you like to taste wine near your wine rack?

Consider having wine accessories such as decanters or glassware on hand for tasting. A sink may also come in handy.

7. What is your budget?

An allowance of up to $500 per square meter allows for most off the shelf wine racks. Many of these are modular so you can add to them should the need arise. Custom wine racks, depending on materials used, start at $500 per square meter and quickly go up from there.

Wine storage specialist EuroCave has been involved with hundreds of wine cellar projects throughout Australia. EuroCave works in conjunction with architects, designers and builders, providing technical and expert advice to help deliver the perfect solution for all types of wine storage, regardless of how large or small.

Please contact EuroCave on 1800 733 621 or we’re happy to help.

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11. Learn why the “crying room” at the Penfolds Grange Recorking Clinic proves you have made a very wise choice in choosing EuroCave to protect your wine.

By Tania MacPhee, September 15th, 2014

We came across an interesting story on the Age website. At the Penfolds Grange biennial recorking clinic currently touring the globe, wine 15+ years old is assessed, recorked and certified. A “crying room” is set up for those collectors who have not properly cared for and protected their wine, who discover it has become ruined and their collection is undrinkable and worthless. We have shared the link to this article below.

So we take a moment to congratulate you on being wise enough to trust EuroCave to properly protect your wine. Even if you are not preserving a collection of Grange, you and your guests will certainly be well rewarded with wine that has been slowly and gracefully matured and can be enjoyed as the wine maker intended. And for lovers of wine, like us, that is reward enough.

You are welcome to call our team of specialists anytime if we can help you with advice, or assist you in any way. We are always happy to talk about wine! Call: 1800 733 621

Article extracted from The Age [ ]

Put your Grange to the ultimate test

September 3, 2014

The winemakers at Penfolds dub it "The Crying Room" – the allocated space at their biennial Recorking Clinic where people might go to shed a tear, after learning that the collection they thought was worth thousands has been given a dreaded two-white-dot classification.

In chief winemaker Peter Gago’s terms, the double white dot is winespeak for, "Don’t drink this – it will make you ill. Don’t even put it in your balsamic vinegar mix, or it will spoil that too."

Greg Kilner with three bottles of the extremely rare 1951 Grange, all of which were examined and certified.

Greg Kilner with three bottles of the extremely rare 1951 Grange, all of which were examined and certified. Photo: Tim Young

Welcome to Penfolds Recorking Clinic, which takes place around Australian cities and overseas, every two years; after finishing in Melbourne on Thursday, it heads to Perth and Adelaide before going on to the USA and Canada. Owners of any Penfolds red wine that’s at least 15 years old can come to the clinic for free (provided they have first registered), where their wine will be assessed and – if all goes well – recorked and certified.

This industry-recognised stamp of approval increases the saleability of the bottle, as collector Greg Kilner learned when he brought in his three bottles of 1951 Grange on Tuesday. Made as an experimental release that year – the first bottle of Grange would only be sold commercially in 1952 – it was "remarkably rare," says Gago, who’s been working for Penfolds for 25 years.

Before it was recorked, value would have been at $30,000 to $50,000 per bottle, depending on the market. After the clinic – "one bottle had the most evocative perfume nose I’ve ever seen, the other was the best 1951 I’ve ever tasted," says Gago — a representative from wine auctioneer Langton’s deemed each bottle to be worth around $60,000.

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago heaped praise on two of Greg Kilner's three bottles of 1951 Grange.

Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago heaped praise on two of Greg Kilner’s three bottles of 1951 Grange. Photo: Tim Young

Provided that bottles haven’t lost too much of their volume, wines are opened, a current vintage of the same wine is added as a top up ("it’s about 15 ml, and we’ve done tests of recorked wines versus ones from our museums – no one can pick the difference"), and they are recorked.

It doesn’t always go so well. One family, expecting a wine inheritance, once brought in a vast collection only to discover that the previous generation had stored coffee in the bottles, not wine.

Gago remembers a Brisbane collector arrive with what should have been thousands of dollars worth of wine, only to learn the wine had entirely passed. "I had to ask him, ‘Is your cellar a hole in the sand on the beach?"’

The moment of truth as the 1951 Grange is poured.

The moment of truth as the 1951 Grange is poured. Photo: Tim Young

Visitors to the clinic vary in both age and seriousness, the latter which can cause a few headaches. Gago remembers one Singapore gentleman arriving with his bodyguards in tow, while another cancelled at the last minute because he was fearful of others seeing the vastness of his collection.

It’s not just a financial exercise, either. "For a lot of people, it’s as much a drinking investment as a monetary one."

But a single white dot doesn’t necessarily equal unhappiness.

"It’s still a beautiful drink, just not what that particular bottle is meant to look like," Gago says.

"I tell people to share it with their family at Christmas or over that weekend, and they leave happy. This clinic encourages people to drink wine at the appropriate time.

"All wine ultimately falls away and goes into decline mode. Most people get the point of when to drink it wrong."

And is the crying room really necessary? "We did have a number of people cry in Sydney, but it was tears of joy."

The Crying Room Penfolds Grange Recorking Clinic Video

Article extracted from The Age [ ]

7. How to Build an Outstanding Wine Program, Profitably

By Tania MacPhee, May 13th, 2014

Pour premium wines by the glass.  No Risk.  No waste.

Wine stock can be one of a restaurant’s largest expenses, so it is vital to maximise the return on this investment.  It’s easy to add expensive wines to your wine list, but selling them then becomes critical. Often expensive wines, offered only by the bottle, can be left sitting in the cellar un-purchased, or be opened, only to pour half the bottle down the sink.

Offering exceptional wines, poured by the glass, will improve your guests’ experience and attract a more discerning clientele willing to buy more expensive wines.  It will also build your venue’s reputation and drive business.

All wine starts to develop and then deteriorate as soon as the bottle is opened. The challenge is to sell all your glasses before deterioration begins.  Without preservation equipment, fine wine should usually be sold within 12-24 hours after opening, so is often discarded once it is past its peak.  This waste can be extremely costly.

On average, beverage sales deliver 40% of revenue. Increasing the profit margin on that 40% can have a significant effect on overall profit.  With the help of wine preservation & service equipment, it’s easier to achieve than you may think.

EuroCave Wine Service & Preservation equipment
allows you to serve opened wine by the glass

  • for up to 3 weeks
  • in the correct dosage
  • at the perfect drinking temperature.
Vin Au Verre (Wine By The Glass)

Improve stock management and inventory control with programmable dosage.  Pay for your unit quickly, with increased revenue per glass, and revenue per customer.

You can now add more top-end wines to your wine program, with no risk, and no waste, whilst enhancing the dining and degustation experience for your customers with perfect dosage and temperature.

EuroCave offers a range of products designed to suit a variety of needs:

Vin Au Verre (Wine By The Glass) EuroCave WineBar.
For more intimate venues. Allows you to serve wine by the glass at the table at perfect temperatures for fine dining service.
Vin Au Verre (Wine By The Glass) EuroCave Vin au Verre.
For high turn over wine service at larger restaurants, hotels and wine centres.

Designed and manufactured in France, EuroCave is used by more wine professionals than any other brand and is renowned for its outstanding after sales service, with local experts on hand within Australia.

To learn more about EuroCave Wine Service and preservation equipment, or find out about other great solutions in the EuroCave Professional Range – designed specifically for the hospitality industry; visit  Or call 1800 733 621 to speak to one of our specialists.


EuroCave Professional

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

6. EuroCave Professional Range, for the hospitality industry. Wine Service, Display and Storage.

By Tania MacPhee, May 2nd, 2014

If you are designing a restaurant or bar requiring wine storage, or wine service, the EuroCave Professional Range would be ideal. World leading quality, specifically tailored to the hospitality industry.

EuroCave Professional Range, when wine is a serious business:

Professional Wine Cabinet Wine Cabinets. Display, protect and serve wine at perfect temperatures. Combine two or more to create an impressive and functional wine wall.
ShowCave. More than a wine cabinet. A perfect haven for your wine. Make a sophisticated statement to impress even the most discerning customers. Professional Wine Cabinet
Professional wine Cabinet Wine Serving Systems. Profitably improve your Wine Program. Offer more high-quality wines by the glass. Precise pour, at perfect serving temperature. Preserve up to 3 weeks. No waste. No risk.

EuroCave Professional Range is designed and manufactured in France in conjunction with world leading wine stewards (MOF), combining technical expertise second to none. All EuroCave Professional products are fully customisable and can be tailored to your client’s individual needs. Several Ranges are offered to satisfy a broad range of requirements and budgets.

Many leading Australian restaurants and hotels entrust their wine to EuroCave. Read EuroCave Australia’s testimonials.

About EuroCave…

EuroCave invented the wine cabinet in 1976 and have continued to deliver market-leading quality and innovation ever since, making them the world leader to this day. EuroCave products are designed and manufactured in France and are used in more homes, leading restaurants and wineries around the world than any other brand. EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development.

Learn why more restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts choose EuroCave above any other brand.

For more information, or to have a complimentary information pack posted to you, please visit For expert advice please call 1800 733 621.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

5. EuroCave wine cabinets use 67% less power. A+ energy rating.

By Tania MacPhee, May 1st, 2014

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If energy efficiency and eco consideration are important to you, EuroCave wine cabinets are ideal. EuroCave wine cabinets consume up to 67% less energy than traditional wine cabinets and have been awarded an A+ Energy Rating.

EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development across all our products:

Gentle on the environment and economical to run, EuroCave wine cabinets combine respect for the environment with cutting edge technology, in a sophisticated, luxurious aesthetic.

EuroCave wine cabinets are fully customisable and can be tailored to individual needs. Create the ultimate entertainment experience and enjoy wine at its best, as the wine maker intended.

About EuroCave…

EuroCave invented the wine cabinet in 1976 and have continued to deliver market-leading quality and innovation ever since, making them the world leader to this day. EuroCave products are designed and manufactured in France and are used in more homes, leading restaurants and wineries around the world than any other brand.

EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development across all our products.

Learn why more restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts choose EuroCave above any other brand.

For more information, or to have a complimentary information pack posted to you, please visit For expert advice please call 1800 733 621.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

4. Built-in wine cabinets, with integrated door option from EuroCave

By Tania MacPhee, April 29th, 2014

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If you are working on a residential or commercial project that requires a wine cabinet to be built into a kitchen, entertainment space or boardroom, EuroCave Compact Range wine cabinets are ideal.

EuroCave Compact Range wine cabinets come with:

All EuroCave wine cabinets are fully customisable and can be tailored specifically to individual needs. Create the ultimate entertainment experience. Your clients and their guests will enjoy their wine at its best, as the wine maker intended.

About EuroCave…

EuroCave invented the wine cabinet in 1976 and have continued to deliver market-leading quality and innovation ever since, making them the world leader to this day. EuroCave products are designed and manufactured in France and are used in more homes, leading restaurants and wineries around the world than any other brand. EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development.

Learn why more restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts choose EuroCave above any other brand.

For more information, or to have a complimentary information pack posted to you, please visit For expert advice please call 1800 733 621.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

3. EuroCave, for Designers and Architects, whose clients love wine.

By Tania MacPhee, April 28th, 2014

If you are working on a residential or commercial project that requires a wine storage or wine service solution, or incorporates a beautiful kitchen or entertainment space, EuroCave has a range of world-leading products available. Designed and manufactured in France, with technical expertise second to none.

For many years, EuroCave Australia has worked together with Architects, Designers and other Specifiers to provide correct technical information and equipment for homes, restaurants and boardrooms to:

EuroCave Wine Racking Create purpose built wine cellars, utilising wine cellar conditioners to maintain correct temperature and humidity.
Design spectacular wine walls to showcase wine collections. ShowCave
EuroCave Wine Cabinet Incorporate fully customisable wine cabinets for storing wine or serving wine at ideal drinking temperatures. (This includes wine cabinets with an A+ energy efficiency rating as well as fully integrated models).
Provide a wide range of wine racking systems for bottles, magnums and wooden wine boxes. EuroCave Wine Racks
Wine Service and Preservation Offer Wine Service & Wine Preservation equipment for restaurants and bars to profitably expand their wine list offering. Precise pours. No wastage.

About EuroCave…

EuroCave invented the wine cabinet in 1976 and have continued to deliver market leading quality and innovation ever since, making them the world leader to this day. EuroCave products are designed and manufactured in France and are used in more homes, leading restaurants and wineries around the world than any other brand. EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development.

Learn why more restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts choose EuroCave above any other brand.

For more information, or to have a complimentary information pack posted to you, please visit For expert advice please call 1800 733 621.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

2. 5 Wine Cellar Mistakes To Avoid

By Tania MacPhee, March 13th, 2014

5 Wine Cellar Mistakes to Avoid

5 Wine Cellar Mistakes To Avoid

We all know wine needs to be cellared correctly so it matures as the winemaker intended. The problem is many cellars are built without the proper insulation, equipment or technical knowledge needed to do the job properly. Lots of good wine has been ruined and money wasted this way. To avoid this happening to you, it is critical to consult an expert and give due consideration to your cellar equipment early in the planning stage. It is never too early.

In his many years specialising in wine storage and wine cellars, Craig MacPhee, director of EuroCave, has seen a lot of mistakes made. “Too many people don’t consult an expert early enough and end up spending more time and money later to fix problems, or end up ruining a lot of good wine”, says MacPhee.

So, what are the biggest mistakes people make when building a cellar?

Mistake 1 – Assuming underground cellars will be cool all year round

The mention of an underground cellar conjures up images of the wine ‘caves’ of Europe. These traditional cellars are fully subterranean and often meters under the earth. It is rare to find a naturally cold and stable cellar in Australia.

“People assume that underground cellars are naturally cool” says MacPhee. In reality, the opposite is often true. “In summer, and especially if they have a concrete ceiling, these spaces can become ‘hot boxes’ and the result is cooked wine. These cellars then become cooler in the winter months, and this variation in temperature is detrimental to wine.”

Mistake 2 – Not using correct climate control equipment

Installing a conventional air conditioner in your cellar is a major mistake. “Air conditioners won’t consistently keep the temperature low enough and they don’t manage humidity properly”, says MacPhee. Ideal cellaring temperature for all wine is 14 degrees, plus or minus one degree, whilst humidity needs to be between 55% and 75%. “If air humidity is too low, this inevitably leads to corks drying out, letting in air and oxidising the wine. If air humidity is too high, you get label mould.” Needless to say, storing wine in a cellar without any type of climate control equipment comes at a great risk.

The solution here is to install proper climate controlled equipment such as the EuroCave Inoa cellar conditioner that maintain a consistent low temperature and the high humidity required to cellar wine correctly.

Mistake 3 – Inadequate insulation or the wrong product

Too often, Craig has seen cellars with inadequate insulation. A cellar must be properly insulated with the right type of material. This allows the cellar conditioner to function efficiently and reduces the amount of energy used. Insulating is easy and less expensive if planned at the beginning of construction, but can be very costly if it has to be corrected or added later” says MacPhee.

Mistake 4 – Poor choice of door

Another common mistake is choosing a cellar door simply for its aesthetic appeal. “The cellar door needs to be technically correct and made of the proper material, and good insulation is needed; otherwise all the good work is lost. In saying this, the door also needs to be in keeping with the total look of the cellar and it is quite tricky to get all this right.”

Mistake 5 – Poor Wine Racking

“I’ve seen a lot of people spend a lot of money on racking that might look great but it doesn’t function properly, isn’t user friendly and doesn’t take a wine collector’s changing needs into consideration. As a result, people become quite frustrated with their cellar” says MacPhee.

Wine racking should provide the right mix of storage solutions to cater to different bottle and case sizes, as well as current and future wine buying styles. There are a myriad of wine racks available at various prices. “Getting the balance right between the appearance, convenience, space optimisation and budget is a challenges when selecting wine racking and you should deal with someone who carries a broad range so that all these factors can be considered” states MacPhee.

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Other Considerations

The above list is by no means exhaustive. It goes on to include issues such as wine friendly lighting, appropriate flooring, adequate airflow and ventilation, flood prevention and other technical aspects. The solution here is to get professional advice on your wine cellar early in the planning stage. Craig MacPhee sums it up nicely “If you engage a professional early in the project, you will overcome a lot of problems and you will have the dream cellar you’ve always wanted.”

EuroCave Australia have assisted many leading architects, designers, builders and wine collectors throughout Australia to create beautiful, technically correct wine cellars. Bringing wine to perfect maturation is at the heart of EuroCave’s business.

Click here or call 1800 733 621
for personalised specialist advice on wine cellars

About EuroCave…

EuroCave invented the wine cabinet in 1976 and have continued to deliver market leading quality and innovation ever since, making them the world leader to this day. EuroCave products are designed and manufactured in France and are used in more homes, leading restaurants and wineries around the world than any other brand. EuroCave subscribes to the principles of Sustainable Development.

Learn why more restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine industry professionals and wine enthusiasts choose EuroCave above any other brand.

For more information, or to have a complimentary information pack posted to you, please visit For expert advice please call 1800 733 621.

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.

1. Why Choose EuroCave

By Tania MacPhee, March 2nd, 2014

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EuroCave is the world leader in wine cabinets, and has been for over 35 years.  It is also the most trusted brand by the world’s most discerning sommeliers and connoisseurs, for many good reasons:

1.  The world’s first wine cabinet was invented by EuroCave in 1976 in France, and EuroCave has delivered world-leading quality and innovation since.  EuroCave is a company of wine experts and engineers, devoted to wine, obsessed with creating the most perfect conditions imaginable for your wine: slow and graceful maturation, safe and secure storage and ideal serving temperatures.  EuroCave wine cabinets are fully designed and manufactured in France.
Superior Passion & Expertise = Superior Performance

2.  More than 200 Million bottles of wine are entrusted to EuroCave by the world’s most discerning sommeliers and connoisseurs. EuroCave wine cabinets are used in more leading restaurants, hotels and wineries, and trusted by more wine professionals, than any other brand. Rest assured, when buying a EuroCave cabinet you will be in excellent company.
Proven Reliability = Your Absolute Peace of Mind

3.  Energy efficient and economical, Pure Range cabinets have an A+ energy rating.  The EuroCave Pure Range represents a new generation in wine cabinets and consume up to 67% less energy than traditional cabinets. Cutting edge technology is combined with a respect for the environment, EuroCave has adopted the principles of Sustainable Development.  Products are CFC free and wood is sourced from sustainable plantations.  Minimal power consumption is achieved through innovative technologies and unique insulation.
Superior Eco Consideration = Gentle on the environment and your wallet.

4.  EuroCave offers you the widest range of cabinet sizes, features and finishes on the market.  All EuroCave cabinets are fully customisable providing the perfect solution to your unique needs.  Our expert advice will ensure your complete satisfaction.  With superior design a key focus, all EuroCave products are not only dependable but are beautiful as well.
Superior Range = Perfect Solution for You

5.  EuroCave shelving is unique and a pleasure to use.  It is fully customizable, maximises bottle capacity and provides easy access to your wine.  Our specialist knowledge of wine has driven our unique and superior shelving design. Fully customized to your own personal collection and needs, it provides smooth, safe viewing and selection of your wine. EuroCave shelving safely accommodates more bottles than other brands, and is a luxurious pleasure to use.
Superior Shelving = Supreme Enjoyment, Protection & Maximum Capacity

6.  EuroCave cabinets are the most quiet and stable available.  Our Vibration Exclusion System ensures this.  With our state-of-the-art compressor mounted on anti-vibration silencing blocks, and built in shock absorption in our shelving and cabinet base, wine is protected from harmful vibration, and noise is eliminated.
Superior Anti-Vibration = Perfect Maturation & No Annoying Noise

7.  EuroCave delivers the most consistent internal temperatures on the market.  No other brand delivers the same precision temperature control.  Incorporating unique compressor innovation, superior thermal insulation, UV protection and ‘cold’ lighting. In multi temperature wine cabinets, this precision control ensures you serve and enjoy each varietal at its ideal drinking temperature, for the best possible drinking experience.
Superior Temperature Consistency = Supreme Protection & Enjoyment

8.  Only EuroCave has automatic humidity display and alarm system.  Corks are protected from dry air by our state-of the art ventilation and humidity control systems.  Superior quality stippled aluminum internal walls deliver optimum humidity.  Our filter and air ventilation systems ensure purified air is constantly circulated. Protect your wine from cork damage, leaking bottles and mould.
Superior Humidity Control = Protection & Peace of Mind

9.  EuroCave provides superior customer service.  Our team of local specialists provide customer service is second to none. With 2 and 5 year warranties standard on most products, your total satisfaction is guaranteed.
Superior Service = Your Total Satisfaction, Guaranteed

EuroCave. Superior Quality, Superior Protection, Superior Enjoyment.
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