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published on 20.05.2016

Wine and Design

©Armando Sotoca

The “sensual” experience of wine begins with the first optic impression. The shape and colour of the wine bottle especially the design of the label influence the emotional wine journey and more often than not the purchasing decision. The visual sensations in many ways dominate the vast joy of wine, especially the sensory evaluation. This always begins with the assessment of the colour and clarity which in turn depends on the optical influence such as lighting, the wineglass or the interior decoration.

The close relationship between wine and design has now extended into various fields. It reaches from “designer wines”- a special blend and composition – to designer wines, wine cellar – farms whose structural design and production process is unique and at times counter proposal the traditional vineyard with the almost unusual modern architecture.


The amazement of many new design possibilities which the wine world has to offer, has also began to influence the concept and installation that serve the presentation, tasting and storage of wine. Extravagant design of wine shops and wine-bars are perfect examples. As well as the set up of the wine cellar in a private setting, the optimal technical equipment is as highly demanded as an attractive design.

For this many storage systems with selected materials and inventive lighting systems are available. With this, almost any direction of style can be materialized in wine cellar, from the traditional interior with brickwork and country style wooden furniture to luxurious furnishing with high quality metal- or acryl racks. Without a doubt, the most impressive display of the professional or private wine cellar is the relationship between the wine and design.

published on 11.04.2016

Topical tips: Drink now or store?

©Wojtek Szkutnik

Is this art or can it be thrown away? This is a question that wine collectors ask themselves when space in the wine cellar is limited and space is needed for the new vintage year. Such inventory should not only be carried out by personal appraisal or experience but also according to objective quality and shelf-life. The assessment of the respective maturity is based on the general characteristics such as wine-growing region, grape variety and manufacturer. Character and development of the wine bottle are determined by the vintage. This special created overview for wine collectors shows how vintage qualities are valued worldwide in the renowned wine producing countries and regions (bold = outstanding vintage):


Bordeaux (Médoc, St. Emilion, Pomerol): 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008; Burgundy (Côte d’Or): 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010;
Rhône: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012;
Piemont: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012;
Amarone: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009;
Tuscany: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012;
Rioja: 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011;
Ribera del Duero: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012;
Douro: 2015, 2014, 2013,
Vinage Port: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009;
Germany: 2015, 2014;
Austria (Burgenland): 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011; Tessin: 2015, 2013. 2012;
Overseas (North- and South America, Australia, South Africa): 2015, 2014.

©Rich Oldham

Edelsüß: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012; Riesling: 2015; vintage champagne: 2015, 2014, 2013; Switzerland 2015.

Store and Enjoy:

Bordeaux: 2006, 2005, 2004;
Burgundy: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005;
Rhône: 2011, 2010, 2009; Piemont: 2011, 2010, 2009;
Amarone: 2009, 2007, 2006;
Tuscany: 2009. 2008;
Rioja: 2010, 2009;
Ribera del Duero: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007;
Douro: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009;
Vintage Port: 2008, 2007;
Germany: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008;
Austria (Burgenland): 2010, 2009, 2008; Tessin: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008;
Overseas: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009.

Edelsüß: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, (2004), 2003; 2002 and older; Riesling: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011; vintage champagne: 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008; Switzerland: 2014, 2013.


Bordeaux (2004, 2000);
Burgundy (2009, 2008, 2007, 2006; 2005);
Piemont 2008, 2007, 2006;
Amarone: 2005, 2004, 2003,
Tuscany: 2007, 2006, 2005;
Rioja: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004;
Ribera del Duero: 2006, 2005, 2004;
Duoro: 2008, 2007;
Vintage Port: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003;
Germany: 2007, 2006,
Austria: 2007, 2006, 2005; Tessin: 2007, 2006;
Overseas: 2008, 2007, 2006.

Germany: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, Austria: 2007, 2006, 2005; Switzerland: 2012, 2011, 2010.

published on 04.03.2016

Stocking wine in the past and now

Already 150 years ago the professional set up of a private wine stock occupied wine lovers. The author of a popular wine advisor at the time, Dr. Wilhelm Hamm, wrote in his “Weinbuch” from 1865: “Usually what is lacks in a private wine cellar is the space


for storage, and even then it is used inexpediently…If one has one or various types of wine to conserve, then the same may be adequate; in many private wine cellars one would have a few dozen of different wines to store… this often get mixed up that it creates a great confusion.”

Such disorder was no surprise. In the 19th century one used simple planks and framework to store wine, so that the author rightly points out the resulting problems and their solutions: “If there are three dozen bottles lying in a tray this will result in a crowded space, breaking and confusion of bottles is almost inevitable. Therefore there should be a divided and comfortably accessible storage for every 6 bottles of one and the same quality or sort.”


One clearly organized storage enables "bricks, which however occupies a lot of space" or - another expert recommendation - "iron frames that are painted with oil or antirust protection”. Dr. Hamm advices a lockable iron bottle cabinet that is “easily transportable and in which the bottles can lie safe”

In addition to the technical and logistical needs of a wine cellar, the climatic requirements for the perfect bottle storage in the cellar have hardly changed. In order to keep the temperatures in the wine cellar low in the warm seasons, the “use of ice is a necessity”. A process that is needless, thanks to modern technology. In addition wine lovers can abandon the rickety wooden racks. With the various stable and elegant storage options available your private wine cellar is turned into a significant part of your home. After all Hamm’s formulated principals have not lost their importance over the time: “ A good cellar is an essential condition for a good wine”

published on 22.02.2016

Preserving and selling treasures

Wine collectors that often present their collection with pride are often asked whether they also enjoy their fine wine. (After all, wine enthusiasts are not getting any younger and therefore as a good friend one would like to offer their help in tasting…)

Those who, like the writer of this blog, have had the pleasure of getting familiar with an impressive private collection know that the vast majority of them, whether as a whole collection or individually, change owners. A sizeable amount of private collections, through the mediation of international auction houses, pass through various hands.


The high prices are at times not only worth the press but also serve as an estimation for the private selling and buying of rare and special pieces. The basis of the pricing however is not only the origin and the vintage, but also the quality and the label as well as the filling level of the wine. The less the appearance and the content of the bottle are compromised, the higher the chances are that the wine is still enjoyable and may perhaps give an impressionable fragrance and flavour.


Therefore the wine experts and auction companies often examine the technical and climatic conditions that the wines were kept in. Wine bottles for example that have illegible labels or mouldy corks due to incorrect humidity standards are hardly eligible for sale. For this reason alone it is worth investing in a wine vault to keep the appealing appearance and content even after prolonged storage. At best, the necessary expenses of the modern wine rack system and air conditioners would be paid off by the sale of the sought-after wine.

published on 25.11.2015

The amazing world of wine storage is full of variety …
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Which you can discover in our online shop You may choose from a range of materials such as wood, metal, synthetics or stone, depending on which better fits into the design concept of your wine cellar. You also have a choice of styles such as rustic, modern, romantic, original, Mediterranean or country - we offer something for every taste. Our portfolio ranges from standard systems with simple wine rack units to solutions that fill entire walls, original designer pieces and customized high end wine cellars.

Of course we have not forgotten the importance of climate control: depending on your needs, we supply many alternatives for refrigeration, temperature control devices, large wine climate chambers as well as climate control units. We will be glad to support you with the installation.

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What would a wine cellar be like without the proper accessories? Browse through our large variety of corkscrews, decanters, bottle coolers, wine furniture or glasses. You will certainly find something appealing and useful for yourself. We not only furnish your private wine cellar but also design concepts for vineyards, wine tasting locations, wine bars, wine retailers, gastronomy and hotels.

The realization of individual projects is possible through a professional network of interior designers, architects and master craftsmen.

We are constantly in search of new and innovative solutions all over the world in order to find the best products for you. Anybody who would like to properly store or display their wines will be sure to find something appropriate in our online shop. I would like to invite you to go on a discovery tour through our shop I hope you enjoy browsing, reading and selecting the best products for your wine in our shop.