Wine Cellar Design Ideas

When you’re an avid wine collector, wine racks don’t always cut it. A wine cellar, on the other hand, can provide ample wine storage within a controlled temperature, and a place to entertain friends. Just add seating and a tasting area to take yours to the next level. You don’t need 500 bottles or more to reap the benefits of a wine cellar, either. A small wine cooler can keep 20-odd bottles chilled to perfection and can sit within your kitchen, whereas a freestanding all-glass wine cellar could act as a feature or functional room divider in your home. Short on space? Transform an entire wall into wine storage, and showcase your collection, too.

Browse the photos on Houzz for an array or wine cellar designs, and strike up a conversation with the architect or wine cellar specialist of your favourite picks. For more wine cellar ideas, check out the Stories section on Houzz.

What should I include in my wine cellar?


This depends on the size of your collection – or how big you hope it becomes. If you enjoy quaffing, you may want to invest in a walk-in cooler with wall-mounted wine racks and several tall wine fridges, as well as a tasting area with bar stools. If you’re a beginner or have a small collection, a home bar with mini fridge and wine rack will suffice. Essential bar accessories include wine glasses, corkscrews, carafes and aerators.

How should I store my wine?


Temperature control is at the core of a functional wine cellar. Your bottles need to be kept out of direct sunlight, and away from the heat and steam of kitchen appliances. A room that is too warm will make your wine age faster, oxidise and lose its character and flavour. If bottles are corked, they also need to be laid down. Your architect or designer will be able to help you create the ideal conditions for your home collection.

Where should I position my wine cooler?


The most important thing to consider is ease of access, which is why kitchens are the most common place to position wine coolers. Should you have minimal floor space, a small one could even sit comfortably on your countertop. If quaffing requires an occasion or you frequently host dinner parties, consider your dining room, so you can top up people’s glasses without having to leave the room. You could also make your bar fridge or cooler a destination within your entertainment or games room. There’s no denying that Aussies love to entertain and enjoy a glass or two outdoors, so if you’re lucky enough to have a covered outdoor area, this could be just the place for a cooler, too. Just ensure it doesn’t experience any extreme weather or long periods of direct sunlight.
Inspiration for a contemporary wine cellar in Melbourne with concrete floors, display racks and grey floor.

Inspiration for a contemporary wine cellar in Melbourne with concrete floors, display racks and grey floor.
Glass wall wine cellar - not sure about the racking tho - janet_young59

Design ideas for a contemporary wine cellar in Sydney with storage racks.

Nicholas Murray Architects
Design ideas for a contemporary wine cellar in Sydney with storage racks.
The concrete floor, wine shelving and lighting - liesl_biles

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Design ideas for a contemporary wine cellar in Brisbane with storage racks.

Design ideas for a contemporary wine cellar in Brisbane with storage racks.
Wine storage room - traceandmark

Design ideas for an expansive contemporary wine cellar in Sunshine Coast with ceramic floors, display racks and grey floor.

Design ideas for an expansive contemporary wine cellar in Sunshine Coast with ceramic floors, display racks and grey floor.

Tropical wine cellar in Perth with light hardwood floors, display racks and beige floor.

Phill Jackson Photography
Tropical wine cellar in Perth with light hardwood floors, display racks and beige floor.
Great idea for room under kitchen/ balcony. - lanelle_cutler

Inspiration for a large contemporary wine cellar in Perth with porcelain floors and display racks.

Inspiration for a large contemporary wine cellar in Perth with porcelain floors and display racks.
Interior glass wall - intriguing - miriam_curnow

Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary wine cellar in Gold Coast - Tweed with medium hardwood floors, storage racks and brown floor.

Steve Ryan
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary wine cellar in Gold Coast - Tweed with medium hardwood floors, storage racks and brown floor.
Clever use of wine in pantry, very practical - webuser_648761193

Contemporary wine cellar in Brisbane.

Contemporary wine cellar in Brisbane.
Turn the broom cupboard into a wine rack - maryanncurry27

Photo of a contemporary wine cellar in Brisbane with display racks and beige floor.

Photography by Josh Douglas of Hausable Photography
Photo of a contemporary wine cellar in Brisbane with display racks and beige floor.

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Inspiration for a contemporary wine cellar in Sydney with diamond bins and beige floor.

Anson Smart
Inspiration for a contemporary wine cellar in Sydney with diamond bins and beige floor.
Wine triangles on the end of a kitchen cabinet - webuser_933968896

This is an example of a contemporary wine cellar in Sydney with storage racks.

This is an example of a contemporary wine cellar in Sydney with storage racks.

Photo of a small contemporary wine cellar in Perth with porcelain floors and display racks.

D-Max Photography
Photo of a small contemporary wine cellar in Perth with porcelain floors and display racks.
Can we build this into our wall we can’t move? - kaitlinstoddard

Photo of a contemporary wine cellar in Melbourne with medium hardwood floors, storage racks and brown floor.

Photo of a contemporary wine cellar in Melbourne with medium hardwood floors, storage racks and brown floor.
Wine room - kitchen down stairs - nmewin

Inspiration for a contemporary wine cellar in Brisbane with light hardwood floors, storage racks and yellow floor.

Under stairs wine storage room with glass font
Inspiration for a contemporary wine cellar in Brisbane with light hardwood floors, storage racks and yellow floor.
Would like to think we could have a wall with an attractive style of wine rack. Use it as artwork. - daniel_parrott68

Contemporary wine cellar in Sydney with storage racks and beige floor.

The barrel in the cellar is a classic and looks perfectly at ease in this calm space. The pendant light is by Brokis and is in a Cognac glass colour suitable for a wine cellar. www.brokis.cz © Justin Alexander
Need a coupe of these for the Deck - kerry_anthony

Contemporary wine cellar in Perth with storage racks.

Contemporary wine cellar in Perth with storage racks.

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Photo of a contemporary wine cellar in Melbourne with brick floors and storage racks.

Photo of a contemporary wine cellar in Melbourne with brick floors and storage racks.
Not sure but maybe the traffic able roof - chris23100

Small contemporary wine cellar in Gold Coast - Tweed with ceramic floors, storage racks and grey floor.

Mark Lloyd - Real Property Photography
Small contemporary wine cellar in Gold Coast - Tweed with ceramic floors, storage racks and grey floor.
I want to be able to store glasses - alise_johnston