Wine storage is essential in every home, and terracotta stacking wine racks and bespoke wine racks by Village Potteries are ideal for collections big and small. Every rack is handmade in Newark from high quality English terracotta, and the natural finish makes it easy to match your existing decor. Racks are made up of individual hexagonal cells that can be arranged to fit into any space. Keystone cells are used to support freestanding racks, allowing you to stack these racks alongside cabinets, on kitchen counters, or wherever you have available space. The result is a terracotta honeycomb that is stylish and functional and blends perfectly wherever you need it.
Not only is terracotta aesthetically pleasing, but it's practical as well. After each clay cell is fired it takes on long-lasting properties, ideal for maintaining an aging wine collection. Terracotta is naturally cooling, and the deep cylindrical cells block harmful light. This is perfect for protecting your wine in bright kitchens or other places where storage is limited. Additionally, terracotta doesn't deteriorate in humid cellar conditions, making it equally practical for long-term storage.
For serious collectors, restaurants, or anyone who has an unusual space to fill, a custom storage solution will be your best option. You can add to existing racks or start from the ground up. We'll help you plan and order the right number of individual cells and keystones to fit your space perfectly. A bespoke wine rack is a great idea for cellars, fitted cupboards, spaces under the stairs, or otherwise inaccessible and wasted spaces. No project is too big or too small; whether you need a rack for just 25 bottles or as many as 2,500, the options for customisation are nearly endless.
Terracotta wine racks are sometimes known as clay drainpipe wine racks or fired earth wine racks, and both are apt descriptions. Each rack is made to order, and Village Potteries fires only the best quality English clay ensuring an even terracotta finish. Each storage cell has an interlocking hexagonal shell with a smooth pipe-like interior that perfectly fits a single standard bottle of wine or champagne. The cell measures 21.5 cm in diameter, and keystone cells have an additional width for a total of 32.5 cm at the base. A rack for 7 bottles is made up of 2 keystones and 3 cells, and it's a popular choice for small kitchens.
Often, aspiring aficionados may hesitate over what kind of wine rack to buy, knowing that as their collections grow, so too must their storage. The flexibility of individual clay cells means you can start with a small kit and add more as you need them; start your rack with a set of 10 or 12 cells, and months or even years later, add another set of cells that will fit flawlessly with your existing rack. This means you can grow your collection a few bottles at a time, and you'll always have somewhere new to put the new additions.
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