Chateau - Small Wine Cellar
The Gilliland Custom Wine Cellar was featured in the November 30, 2010 issue of Wine Spectator, "Small is Beautiful".
San Diego, California - Bottle Capacity: 800
Custom liquor display area
Plenty of character and unique storage features in a small cellar
Adjustable large format display racking
Cooling system to maintain proper temperature and humidity
Glass front offers open atmosphere to small cellar
- Featured in Wine Spectator
- Built on Second Story
- Large Format and Liquor Displays
- Fully Insulated Floor, Ceiling and Walls
- Wall Bumped Out to Make Space
In October 2007, the owners of this relatively small wine cellar tragically lost their entire home and wine collection in the wildfires that swept the San Diego area. When the time came in 2009 to rebuild their home, they also wanted to rebuild their treasured wine collection. At the recommendation of a friend, the owners came to Vintage Cellars to discuss constructing a small wine cellar in their new home.
By working closely with Wine Cellar Specialist Jake Austad, the couple was able to design the ideal wine cellar for their home and collection. The first challenge Vintage Cellars faced in building the family’s dream wine cellar was that the cellar was to be on the second floor. Because cellars must consistently maintain optimum temperature and conditions to properly age wine, Vintage Cellars worked with the home builder to properly seal, vapor-barrier, and insulate the cellar floor as well as the walls and ceiling. Another nuance of this particular cellar was the limited space available. By bumping out a wall on the second floor, Vintage Cellars was able to add an additional 80 square feet to fully accommodate the cellar’s relatively small 750 bottle capacity in a comfortable amount of space. As this cellar attests, Vintage Cellars’ years of experience in constructing small wine cellars uniquely allows us to work within a variety of unique spaces.
Inside the cellar, one also finds the attention to detail and customizability that Vintage Cellars prides itself upon. The owners’ collection is particularly unique in that they have a special set of 3 liter and magnum bottles that they wished to make a prominent part of their design. By installing adjustable shelving for these large-format bottles in the center of the room, this vision became reality. Another outstanding feature of this custom cellar is its liquor display area dedicated to the friends that recommended Vintage Cellars to them. By incorporating custom features such as these, Vintage Cellars is able to create small wine cellars that fully reflect the personality and vision of its owners.
The owners’ satisfaction with their cellar is a level of customer service that we strive towards on each and every project. Looking back on working with Vintage Cellars, she remarked, "I turned to Jake for design, layout, and equipment in our new wine cellar. Jake is fair, honest, easy to work with, and a wealth of knowledge. He not only knows design but wine as well. I highly recommend and endorse him."
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