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Light & Vibration

Wine likes to age away from light, and in complete stillness.

Wine storage is all about creating the optimum storage conditions for a fine wine. Light ages wine prematurely. It is the reason coloured glass has been used to bottle fine wines for centuries. However, ultraviolet light can penetrate even the darkest of glass, causing degradation of the otherwise stable organic compounds, especially the tannins, found in wine. These organic compounds contribute to the aroma, flavour and structure of the wine - without them your wine would be flat and thin. Exposure to ultraviolet light results in unfavourable and irreversible changes in your wine, which is why the most effective wine storage is often to be found underground in cellars.

Along with light, there is something else that needs to be eliminated in storage to ensure the perfect maturation of your fine wine. Vibration.

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Stillness allows a fine wine to mature as it was intended and lets its distinct flavours blossom and come alive. Vibration agitates the bottle, disturbing the sediments in the wine. This, once again, speeds up its chemical reactions and breaks down the molecular structure of its compounds, thus ageing the wine too quickly. So, ideally, once a wine is laid down in a dark, still storage environment, it should not be disturbed until it is ready to be opened or sold.

This, however, is easier said than done. Vibrations are unavoidable in most above-the-ground storage environments, where cases tend to be stacked high to preserve precious floor space. To lift wine to a high storage area requires heavy forklifts, causing much vibration. Additionally, vibration can be created on the surface due to the proximity of heavy delivery vehicles.

Every time your fine wine is disturbed, it is changed for the worse. Every time light cuts through its glass, its quality is compromised. That is how fragile your wine is. And that is why it is imperative to understand that a fine wine can only be as good as its storage environment.