Whether you’ve got a lonely bottle of sauvignon blanc cluttering up the side, or multiple cases that need a more permanent home, a decent wine rack is a home investment that can be functional and stylish.
But racks are more than just a storage solution; wine needs to be kept on its side to ensure the cork is kept wet. If bottles are left upright for too long the cork can start to dry out, which allows air to seep in, causing oxidisation.
When deciding where to keep your wine rack, choose an area out of direct sunlight and with a consistent temperature (so best to avoid space by windows or radiators).
Here we’ve chosen a variety of sizes, with a mixture of space-saving counter top, decorative and functional designs – so consider the space you’re buying for and how likely your haul is to grow.
Rita 70 bottle wine rack, £78.99, Wayfair
As we have quite a few bottles of wine to store, we found ourselves searching high and low for a slim line style that would fit in that awkward space under the stairs. Behold, the perfect wine rack! This holds a whopping 70 bottles yet looks super stylish even if it’s half full. It can be stored vertically or horizontally. The rack comes with eight different finishes, from dark to light woods and silver or black metalwork, which should go with most décors. Sturdy and super functional, the style arrived in one piece, so no assembly was required – which is ideal, as power tools and wine are not a winning combination.
Distinctly Living vertical oak wine rack, £195 (holds 22 bottles), Trouva
If floor space is limited, and your countertop is at full capacity, why not turn to your walls instead. This beautiful oak rack will need a sturdy brick wall to take the weight (especially once it’s fully loaded with wine), but once up it will be the most useful piece of art you could have hung. Based in the coastal town of Dartmouth, Distinctly Living are a family-run business, who source their functional yet beautiful homeware from across Europe.
Wire wine rack, £25 (holds 9 bottles), John Lewis & Partners
We love this simple and elegant wire rack which holds up to nine bottles. When empty the striking design looks more like a piece of art than functional furniture, but why choose between the two when you can have both? Although it will happily store your regular shaped bottles of white and red, the more bulbous champagne styles only fit on the top level. However at this price, we still think it’s great value, and would also make a thoughtful gift for the oenophile in your life.
Chester grey wine console, £299 (holds 40 bottles), Cotswold Co
If you’re looking to make your wine stash a feature, rather than something that needs to be hidden away, this beautifully made piece of furniture should fit the bill. Holding 40 bottles of wine, the racks are topped with two handy drawers and a sturdy oak top which creates a readymade bar area. Finished in a muted grey tone which would work well in a farmhouse setting, there’s a choice of metal or wooden handles, with additional matching pieces available from the same range if you like this Shaker style.
Mango wood wine rack, £150 (holds 12 bottles), John Lewis & Partners
Crafted from beautifully smooth mango wood, this sturdy design is a quality piece you’ll have on display for years to come. Unlike many wine racks, once stored, the wine labels are still easy to read, which helps finding the bottle you need a doddle. Despite being so solid, the tall, handsome design is easy to stash away in a tight corner, so won’t encroach on the room if you’re short of space.
XLBoom Gavi large brass wine rack, £125 (holds 15 bottles), Houzz
Looking for something a little different? This eye-catching brass design holds up to 15 bottles and can be kept on the kitchen counter or the floor depending on your space. The original design is made by hand for XLBoom, a European brand that prides themselves on high quality craftsmanship.
Arles white marble and brass wine rack, £119 (holds 12 bottles), Swoon Editions
This clever wine rack maximises space by doubling up as a stylish side table. The zig zag brass-coloured legs hold up to 12 bottles of wine and complement the white marble top for a distinctly art deco vibe. Small enough to slide down the side of the sofa, yet practical enough to hold a glass of wine (and nibbles!), this is a very versatile piece of furniture for the modern home.
Madera wooden wine rack, £25 (holds 6 bottles), Habitat
With space for just six bottles, this slim wooden style is the epitome of pared-back design, and one of the smallest racks we put to the test. Designed to fit snuggly on the kitchen counter, it’s crafted from a highly functional and hard wearing oiled beech wood (which means it won’t stain if you happen to spill something on it). Although not intended for any more than six bottles, it was sturdy enough to stack a few more on top should you find yourself with a glut of wine.
Stackable Born in Sweden wine rack, from £59.90 (holds 3 bottles), Forma House
Created by Swedish designer Matz Borgstróm (known for his pieces for Ikea amongst others), this contemporary wine rack has the ability to grow alongside your wine collection (the picture shows two put together). The aluminium modules slide together to create the ideal size for your space, and can be striped back and stashed away if you find yourself with less wine than anticipated. Although established over 10 years ago, Born in Sweden have only recently launched in the UK, so you’ll be one of the first to own a piece.
The verdict: Wine racks
With space for an impressive 70 bottles, the Rita wine rack from Wayfair is a style that you can grow into and comes in so many colours that you’re sure to find one that suits your space.
Stacey Smith is the founder of food and drink website Crummbs
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