Spiral Cellars

It’s the quickest, cheapest and easiest way of building a wine cellar for your house.

A watertight, pre-cast cylindrical system that’s sunk into the ground, it can be located anywhere from kitchen to conservatory, workshop to study. It can be installed into an existing ground floor room, or incorporated into the build of an extension or new property.

If you’re the sort of person who never keeps any wine for more than a week or two then a cellar might not be necessary. But if you always like to have a few dozen bottles around the place and tend to keep bottles for months or years before drinking them, then you need a spiral cellar.

The short answer is: it’s the quickest, cheapest and easiest way of building a wine cellar for your house.

A watertight, pre-cast cylindrical system that’s sunk into the ground, it can be located anywhere from kitchen to conservatory, workshop to study.

You don’t need an exisitng basement or cellar – we create it for you!

It can keep up to 1,900 bottles in perfect storage conditions and since, like a traditional cellar, it relies on the surrounding earth for its insulation, plus an ingenious air-flow system, it requires no power to maintain its constant temperature. Once it’s paid for, that’s it – no more expenses except for the wine itself, of course!

 

The Spiral cellar system was first developed by a Frenchman, Georges Harnois, in 1977, who recognized that few modern houses had cellars, but people still wanted somewhere to store their wine.

The Pont du Gard (bridge of Gard) is a magnificent aqueduct constructed to cross the valley of Gardon, and transport water from source in Uzes to Nimes, along a journey 50kms long. 50kms is just about the cumulative depth of the 20,000 cellars that have been installed in France, with a capacity of 20 million bottles…of good wine.

In fact, its thanks to the inspiration of Le Pont du Gard and its spiral staircase that was added in 1844, to enable its visitors to access the canal, that the concept of the spiral cellar was invented in 1977. At this point in time, was no commercial system for the storage of wine, apart from houses that were built with cellars. Most wine collectors were left with the only option of storing wine in their garage. But unfortunately the heat wave of the summer of 1976 ruined many a good wine stored in this way.

One day, when passing the Pont du Gard by chance, upon returning from a visit to friends in Toulouse, the idea of a spiral staircase grew, and gave Georges the idea of storing wine in a circular fashion. Upon his return home, he started excavation in his garage, by digging a well 2m in diameter. The walls of the hole were built of brick and a staircase of wood. A few ‘test’ clients were invited to the demonstration site, and were seduced by the concept. Obviously the final construction could not be of wood, due to vibration, humidity, and wood mites.

Two weeks later he had developed a system of modules and steps constructed of concrete with some assistance and research by experts in the field of concrete manufacture. He then selected a partner manufacturer, who were able to offer a production facility, and grew a distribution network of agents throughout France.

 

Over the last two and a half decades, more than 20,000 Spiral Cellars have been built in France and over 3,000 in the UK, where we have been operating since 1981

Wine is a living product. It’s ability to change with time is what makes it so interesting, but it also means that if it’s kept in the wrong conditions its quality can quickly be affected.

If you install a Spiral cellar you’ll never need to worry about your wine ever being stored in the wrong conditions. You’ll be able to pull a wine off the shelf with confidence, whether it’s been there six months or six years.

Temperature

 

Temperature is the most critical aspect in storing wine. Store wine somewhere too hot and it ages quickly, rapidly losing its vibrancy and becoming tired and stale. The ideal temperature for wine is about 13°C, but a five degrees or so either side of this is acceptable. The key is that there are no sudden fluctuations – wine likes things to change slowly – so while a gradual warming and cooling between winter and summer is not a problem the sort of daily temperature fluctuations seen in, say, your attic, do wine no favours at all. Insulated by the ground, your Spiral Cellar keeps your wines at a steady temperature, allowing them to age gracefully.

Humidity

 

Wine bottles need to be kept horizontal and in a slightly damp atmosphere to prevent the corks drying out. If corks do dry out, they shrink, allowing air into the bottle and oxidising the wine. The recommended humidity is 70%, which is the same level as your Spiral Cellar.

Clean, dark and quiet

 

Wine doesn’t like direct sunlight, noise or constant vibrations from, say, traffic. By storing it in a home wine cellar, you give it the dark, silent environment that it needs. And unlike ‘ordinary’ cellars, because a Spiral Cellar isn’t used to store anything else, there is no risk of odours from wood, paper or food contaminating the wine.

Spiral Cellars Ltd
4, Hardham Mill Business Park
Hardham
Pulborough
West Sussex
RH20 1LA

Tel: 0845 241 2768
Fax: 0845 241 2767
Email: info@spiralcellars.com
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