Wine Racks Buying Guide
A Brief History
While Georgia and Iran were the locations of the earliest wine production, as long ago as 6000BC, archeological evidence, in the form of resin found in clay cups, hints that Greece was the first European location of wine production, about 1,500 years ago.
Thereafter, wine only increased in popularity; bottled wine, with wax or oil soaked wooden plugs as stoppers, was introduced in Europe in the 17th century. Wine racks also first appeared during this period, as did wine cellars - the latter particularly throughout the homes of the upper classes. The Middle Ages saw wine become popular throughout all of the social classes in southern Europe, but unfortunately not in northern Europe - where fewer or no vines existed, and so wine remained largely a privilege of the upper classes. These days, wine is enjoyed much more widely.
Where is a Wine Rack Used?
A wine rack is often kept in the kitchen. The dining room, and even a wine cellar, are other locations sometimes used.
Functions of a Wine Rack
A wine rack is used, as its name suggests, to store bottles of wine. However, some of the wine racks from Furnishing Homes can have extra features, like drawers and cupboards - ideal for use as storage. Many wine racks can even serve as small tables - perhaps you could use yours to display an item like an ornament or photograph.
The primary purpose of a wine rack remains, however, to store bottles of wine - especially if you would like to store many bottles in one place. The wine racks from Furnishing Homes can store any number of bottles from 15 to 32, and also sometimes have drawers or cupboards - ideal for providing extra storage space, particularly for items like cutlery and utensils.
Having a well-crafted wine rack on display can certainly add some class to the appearance of your kitchen or dining room.
Choosing a Wine Rack
There are three main factors that you should consider before purchasing a new wine rack:
- The room where you will keep your wine rack. Try to choose a wine rack the appearance of which will effectively complement the style and wood colour of your preferred room.
- The number of wine bottles that you want your wine rack to hold. The wine racks from Furnishing Homes can store anything from 15 to 32 bottles.
- The things other than wine bottles that you might want to store in your wine rack. We also sell racks attached to drawers and cupboards.
How to clean and maintain a wine rack
You can maintain the attractive appearance of your wine rack through cleaning and protecting it with high quality beeswax. You should also endeavour not to place your wine rack in the way of strong sunlight or in front of, or next to, a radiator. This is because the radiator's heat could cause the rack to shrink, thus loosening its joints and veneers.