For true oenophiles, there’s an art to amassing a personal wine collection. And whether it’s hundreds or thousands of bottles, having a dedicated and safe place to protect and showcase it all is the ultimate dream. From high-tech temperature and humidity controls and custom-size shelving walls to ironclad security features and tasting tables for entertaining, modern-day wine cellars are much more than a mere storage solution. Here are three stunning in-home hideouts, all recently completed in the Aspen area.
Charles Cunniffe Architects
Just steps from this home’s great room, dining room and game room, an ascending staircase with steps handcrafted from antique white oak leads to a grand entry punctuated by a pair of cut Colorado buff sandstone columns adorned with natural ox horn lamps. Glass and wood pocket doors open to an opulent rotunda that houses a tasting table and space for over 1,100 bottles.
In a home that received an AIA Colorado Award of Merit, there are not one, but two climate-controlled wine cellars. Using space often lost, the staircase wine storage area is enclosed in glass—a seamless continuation of the glass guardrail above it. Set against a backdrop of the same quartzite ledge stone from the home’s exterior, a modular wine rack system shines with integrated illumination by MP lighting.
Toast for Two
Brewster McLeod Architects
As part of the lower level of a developer’s personal home, this intimate wine nook’s partial below-grade position brings in natural light—perfect for sunset tasting sessions. Paying homage to the couple’s California roots, the area showcases California wines on custom-built racks with an undermounted LED spotlight system.
Photography by: cuniffee photo by james ray spahn | ccy architects photo by JC Buck | brewster mcleod photo by gibeon photography