Getting a wine rack

New Zealand Made Wine Racks

New Zealand made wine racks are a great way to store and display your wines. They come in many different shapes, sizes and materials, so you can find one that suits your needs perfectly.
New Zealand made wine racks are made from high quality materials such as wood or metal which makes them durable enough to last for years without needing replacement. The wood used in these products is sourced locally so it's environmentally eco-friendly too!

Why Choose New Zealand Made Wine Racks?

There are many reasons to choose New Zealand made wine racks. The first and most important reason is durability, as New Zealand-made products are known for their quality and craftsmanship.
Wine racking systems are built to last, so you can be sure that your investment will pay off in the long run. They're also sustainable--you'll never have to worry about replacing them!
New Zealand's climate makes it ideal for growing grapes, which means that our wineries use only the highest-quality materials when crafting their wines (and therefore their racks). New Zealand designers have an eye for beauty: our designers know how important it is for your rack not just work well but look good too!

Finally, in my experience, buying a wine rack is usually a one-off transaction with the occasional add on as your collection grows. It is easier and more accountable to deal with locals. Offshore orders take weeks to arrive and dispute resolution is often problematic.

You can go and look at a locals offering and talk through your wine racking aspirations to achieve a great outcome.

Where to Buy New Zealand Made Wine Racks?

There are several ways to purchase New Zealand Made Wine Racks:

  • Online suppliers / Google "NZ Made Wine racks"
  • Local stores
  • Craft fairs
  • Winerackers

What to Look for in New Zealand Made Wine Racks?

When you're shopping for a wine rack, there are many factors to consider. At the outset, settle on the size you would like. Three dozen, 4 dozen, 6 dozen etc. Not a hard and fast rule, but I recommend your chosen wine rack can be divided into bottle counts of 3’s, 6’s or dozens as this is typically the lots we buy in. Also, wine merchants tend to sell in those size quantities and will price accordingly in discounted price steps around that size of acquisition.  You need to make sure you have a good handle on the dimensions of the space that your new rack will fit into and hold all of your bottles.

Next up is style: what do you want it to look like? Do you want something modern or traditional? If so, then look at some pictures of the different styles available so that when you go shopping for one in person, they'll be easier for you to recognize (and buy!).
Material matters too--you don't want anything flimsy or cheap-looking! I like solid wood or combination wood and metal construction with no particleboard or MDF board anywhere in sight. That is for kitchens, not wine cellars.  Finally, finish is also important; nobody wants an ugly stain job ruining their beautiful wooden wine rack, so make sure any stains used are high quality ones that won't deteriorate or chip off easily over time! My preference is for oil based dark stains unless you are having to match in with existing furniture. Test pots are your friend.

Wine Racks?

  • Storing wine bottles correctly. When storing your wine bottles, it's important that you keep them horizontal, this is so the cork does not dry out or become damaged over time. Not so critical for screw top closures but in future blogs I will talk about why screw top closed wines should get similar care as those wines with cork closures.
  • This is achieved by installing wine racks designed specifically for this purpose, or simply placing them on their sides in a protected area where the bottles can be secured from moving about. I will talk about storage climate in my next blog. Suffice to say, generally a low light, not too humid and at a consistent temperature below 12 degrees. Ideally the area should be free of vibration or external movement that may impact the wines.

What are the Benefits of New Zealand Made Wine Racks?

There are many benefits to buying New Zealand made wine racks. First and foremost, they're durable. The materials we use to make wine racks are high quality and long lasting, so you can rest assured that your investment will last for years to come.
Secondly, they are sustainable--not only do our wooden wine racks use less production energy than natural types of wood products but they also don't require any toxic chemicals during production and consume less carbon miles (unlike some imported products). Thirdly, their aesthetic appeal is driven by the whole ambiance of the wine industry that can be a small stand alone feature piece or a combination stack of different wine racks when setting up a show case wine cellar.

What are the Different Types of New Zealand Made Wine Racks?

There are a few different types of New Zealand made wine racks, each with its own pros and cons. The first is wall-mounted, which can be installed on any wall in your home that has enough space to accommodate it. This type of rack is ideal for those who don't have much room but still want their wine collection on display or accessible at all times.
Wall-mounted racks are also great if you're looking for something simple and easy to assemble without having to worry about drilling too many holes into your walls.  These types of racks typically hold fewer bottles than other options and can compromise storage space options below them. Choosing from countertop or free-standing styles can give you flexibility and allows you to easily shift your wine rack as your living space changes over time.

There are traditional and contemporary wine rack wall units and wine bins that accommodate modest collections to several hundreds.

Cabinet makers can also construct to order wine cabinets that are partitioned for individual bottles with glass doors, glass holder racks, decanters and accessories like cork screws, foil cutters,  and wine aerators etc.

Future blogs will cover the following:

  • Illustrated different NZ supplied wine racks.
  • Why dimensions are important.
  • Installations
  • When should I install environment control?

If you have a topic you would like me to cover, drop me a line and I will happily add it to the list.

Cheers till next time

John Tattersall
Chief Rack Master