For the true connoisseur, the preservation ofwine is more than a mere storage process; it’s an exquisite blend ofart and science that shapes the very essence of every bottle. In this delicate balance, the finest attributes of awine are allowed to flourish, maturing gracefully to unveil rich and complex flavors over time.

The meticulous craft of wine preservation reflects a commitment to excellence, a tribute to innovation and precision, that resonates with the passion of those who appreciate wine’s true legacy. It’s ajourney of taste and discovery, ahaven where art meets science, and where the legacy offine wines is embraced, nurtured, andcelebrated.

Today, wine enthusiasts seek cutting-edge technology and a deep understanding ofwine preservation to ensure their prized collection ages gracefully. Singapore Wine Vault, a reputable wine storage service, emerges as the pinnacle ofmodern wine storage, tailored to meet the demands of avid tastemakers.

In the artful sanctum of Singapore Wine Vault, wine isn’t just stored—it’s enshrined. Each bottle finds its throne in a sprawling 750,000-square-foot urban oasis. As the first wine storage to earn ISO and HACCP certifications, their commitment to excellence is etched in every corner. Their bonded spaces allow for duty deferment, while the non-bonded ones offer immediate readiness for market distribution. Both options deliver unmatched flexibility and convenience.

The art of wine preservation reaches new heights with technologically advanced temperature and humidity control systems. It’s more than storage; it’s a curated atmosphere, finely tuned to let each bottle reach its fullest potential. The attention to detail is impeccable, from maintaining a humidity range that is strategically set to prevent the possibility of mold growth to carefully calibrated temperature chambers.

These climate-controlled spaces are designed to allow wines to age with a grace that reveals the nuances oftheir character over time or to keep them inastate ofvivacious readiness for immediate enjoyment. Every element here is considered, every setting exact, to ensure that when you finally uncork that treasured bottle, the experience is nothing short ofextraordinary.

Beyond merely safeguarding the physical attributes of your collection, security at this facility is elevated to the level of an art form. With round-the-clock surveillance and cutting-edge fire protection systems, every bottle in your collection receives the kind of attention and care you’d expect fora precious gemstone.

In their commitment to enhancing the wine storage experience, Singapore Wine Vault offers a range of value-added services seamlessly integrated into their ecosystem. From wine delivery to professional advisory services, they cater to diverse needs, enriching the journey through the world of wine. For added assurance, wine insurance is provided, protecting collectors from unforeseen circumstances. With accurate wine valuation, collectors can also discern the true worth of their treasured collections.

Taking it up a notch, The Wine Vault App and iSCM online platform enable effortless inventory viewing, allowing users to keep track of their treasured bottles, complete with detailed information about each wine’s provenance, vintage, and storage conditions. The App’s delivery order placement feature simplifies the process of retrieving wines from the vault. A few taps on the screen are all it takes to arrange for wines to be delivered to their desired location, offering a seamless experience from storage to enjoyment.

As for the iSCM online platform, it further enhances wine management capabilities. With EDI integration, clients can effortlessly synchronise their internal systems with Singapore Wine Vault’s database to streamline the exchange of crucial information, such as inventory updates, ensuring real-time accuracy and efficiency in wine management. Having these digital innovations at their disposal, Singapore Wine Vault epitomises the seamless fusion of technology and wine preservation, empowering collectors to embrace their oenophile dreams with unparalleled ease.

Embrace the ultimate liquor warehouse experience and discover the art of preservation with Singapore Wine Vault. Unlock the secrets concealed within your cherished wine collection, knowing that it’s in the hands of experts who treat it with reverence and precision. Whether you’re an avid collector, a distributor, or an enthusiast seeking to safeguard your wine legacy, Singapore Wine Vault welcomes you with open doors.

If you’re attending a celebration, you can’t go wrong with bringing along a bottle of wine. It is a classy and elegant gift which can light up any occasion. If chosen carefully, it can also be deeply personal and thoughtful. Choosing the right wine for someone is not that straightforward however, and requires some forethought and planning.

For those unfamiliar with wine, it can be confusing to know which bottle to pick out. With numerous varieties and vintages spanning the full gamut of prices, walking into a wine shop can feel rather intimidating. Fortunately, we’ve put together a guide to help you get started. Here are some tips on choosing that perfect bottle of wine for a friend.

1. Do Your Research

Never walk into a wine shop unprepared. You might just get bowled over by the plethora of choices. Salespeople can be helpful, but if you aren’t sure what you want then there isn’t much they can do for you. Keep in mind that many of them might also be incentivised to sell you more expensive bottles that may not meet your needs.

Even planning a simple budget or a price range can narrow down the selection significantly and make it easier for you to choose a bottle of wine as a gift. It can also allow sales staff to help you get the most value for your money.

One of the great things about buying wine is the opportunity to make the choice personal to the receiver. If your friend is already a wine lover then getting them a bottle from their favourite vineyard is always a good option. It could also be a wine from a holiday destination they are planning to take a trip to. In any case, putting a bit of thought into the gift lets them know how much they are appreciated.

2. Wines To Avoid

Some wines just don’t make good gifts for various reasons. Often they are for more experienced palates and seasoned wine drinkers looking for something different. These should be avoided just to be on the safe side.

Fortified wines are wines with distilled spirits added. This increases the alcohol content and changes the character of the wine. Some popular fortified wines include sherry, port, and vermouth. While many people enjoy fortified wines, they are an acquired taste. Fortified wine can also be more expensive due to their higher alcohol content and correspondingly higher alcohol tax cost in Singapore. This means you may not be able to get the full value for your money and might have to settle for a lower quality bottle.

Dessert wines are much sweeter than normal wines and may have a syrupy mouthfeel. This may be off-putting for people used to normal wines. Fruit wines are also not for everyone and can taste very different from what most are familiar with.

If the person receiving the gift is not a wine connoisseur, then it’s best to avoid these wines named above unless you are absolutely sure your gift will be well appreciated.

3. Red, White, Or Sparkling?

When it comes to gifting wines, the main choices are red wines, white wines, and sparkling wines like champagne. Like any other gift, it all depends on the person you’re giving it to and the occasion being celebrated.

If you’re not sure what wine to get as a gift, you cannot go wrong with a bottle of red wine. Some of the most popular wines around are California Merlots or Cabernet Sauvignon. Easily enjoyed and very drinkable you’re likely to hit the mark with a bottle of good quality reds.

White wines pair well with holiday fare like turkey or seafood dinners. They are also better served chilled which may make them slightly better for festive occasions than red wines. The go to choices for white wines include Pinot Grigio and Rieslings. Both red wines and white wines come from vineyards all over the world and they represent a chance for you to personalise the gift by choosing a specific region.

Lastly, sparkling wines are the ultimate gift for celebratory occasions. Widely enjoyed and well-loved by all, they’re the perfect complement to a party and are meant to be shared by multiple people. While the go-to sparkling wine is champagne, other popular bottles include prosecco and cava.

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No matter what kind of wine you get, we can all agree that they make great gifts. They add a touch of sophistication and provide an opportunity for you to show how well you know the recipient and how much you value their company.

Need to get a bottle of wine as a gift for your host, but don’t have the time to get to the store? Consider getting a wine delivery from Singapore Wine Vault.

Our state of the art urban wine space traverses across 750,000 square feet and is the largest wine storage facility in Southeast Asia. Contact us today to find out more about our services and let us know how we can help you pick out and store the perfect bottle of wine.

Many seasoned wine drinkers understand and appreciate the value of high-grade wines. With the increasing popularity of wine worldwide, more connoisseurs have emerged, looking to collect and sample only the best bottles of vino. The surge of interest has also driven up prices of rare bottles, and contributes significantly to wine becoming an investment-worthy commodity.

However embarking on wine investment is not as straightforward as it might seem. While an understanding of the basics of wine can be useful, ultimately wine investing is a skill all by itself. To help you understand how to identify investment-grade wines, we’ve put together a brief guide that covers the main points.

Learn More: How To Get Started In Wine Investing

1. Great Wine Estates

Wine has been consumed since ancient times. Over the centuries certain regions and vineyards have been identified as producing consistently great tasting wines. Places like Bordeaux in France, Lombardy in Italy, and Napa Valley in California. Wines from these regions often top critics list of the best wines every year and rightfully carry with them a certain level of prestige.

For savvy wine investors, this can be a good starting point to do your market research. There is plenty of material to be found about the world’s best wine estates. Many have a long history and heritage of wine making, but newer vineyards in places like South America, South Africa, and New Zealand are slowly gaining the attention of wine critics. These less established estates could also be tapped for potential investment-worthy wines and have led to the growth of international wine shipping around the globe.

2. Listen To Critics

Wine is extremely subjective. One person’s wine preference might be very different from another. This is where the role of professional wine critics comes into focus. With their years of wine tasting experience, refined palates, and ability to communicate the subtleties of different wines, they are tastemakers and validators whose opinions are highly valued and sought after.

Esteemed critics have built a reputation for themselves and are rarely wrong in their judgements. Their published individual ratings and reviews are a basis for perceived value and serve as a barometer to determine if a specific wine is investment-worthy. Highly rated bottles are likely to rise in value over time as the supply diminishes over the years.

Speculating on wine bottles is similar to investing in any other asset. Research will need to be conducted on the potential Return on Investment (ROI) of any bottle you purchase. One significant difference comes from the fact that wine is “alive” and its flavour profile can change over time. The upside is that for certain wines this actually improves the flavour, but this also means that preserving wine is an important part of wine investment.

3. Understanding Vintage

In the simplest terms, a wine’s vintage refers to the year in which the grapes were harvested. It’s an important criteria in determining the initial release price of a bottle. Vintage is very much influenced by weather conditions and varies greatly. Grapes are sensitive to temperature fluctuations and require a good balance of sun and rain to thrive.

If a particular vintage has been earmarked with a good score on vintage charts, then you should pay close attention. A good vintage is likely to have a high release price and should also do well in the secondary market. A well-regarded vintage that matures well, offers good potential for returns as the supply dwindles and demand increases.

Over the longer term, wine offers attractive returns and compares favourably with other commodity investments. However it requires a keen interest in the subject matter, plenty of up-to-date research, and careful storage.

When it comes to protecting your wine bottles from spoilage, you shouldn’t compromise on quality. The Singapore Wine Vault offers a state-of-the-art facility, staffed by experts, and offers the highest standards of wine cellarage along with international wine transporting services. If you’re interested in beginning your journey in wine investing, reach out to us via our contact us page and our team will get back to you.

New Year’s Eve may have come and gone, but it’s no excuse not to continue to celebrate with Champagne. With Valentine’s Day on 14 February and Chinese New Year on 16 February this year, it definitely puts us in the mood to celebrate with this bubbly. It makes it so apt to delve into the interesting facts behind champagne in this month of February, starting with how did this bubbly become such a symbol and must for celebratory events?

As you may or may not know the word ‘Champagne’ can’t be used loosely for any bubblies. For any bottle of sparkling wine to be labeled Champagne, it has to be made in Champagne, France and produced using only Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier.

It seems that drinking champagne dates as far back to the late 5th century, starting with Roman King Clovis, known as the King of the Franks as he’s the first king to have united all the Frankish Tribes. When he decided to get crowned and baptised in Reims as a Catholic, the bishop – Saint Remi baptised the king used local Champagne wine during the ceremony, giving the wine a certain holy significance. Interestingly, for the next 15 centuries, it became a tradition where every French king until the Revolution followed in King Clovis footsteps to get crowned in Reims, and of course Champagne was always served.

It’s only natural that Champagne became a status symbol, given that it originated from the royal courts. At that time, this expensive drink was often seen in the upper echelons of society among aristocrats and parties of the royal courts.

When the French and Industrial revolution came, it really helped to elevate even more the profile of Champagne. After the French Revolution, nobles who fled France cheered with drinking champagne. The Industrial revolution, which saw the advent of railways made it much easier to transport champagne, coupled with the creation of stronger glass bottles for transportation, which became more accessible to people beyond the Champagne region.

Over the years, champagne has been used to celebrate so many key events and moments in life. The British has used Champagne to launch some of the world’s greatest ships. Champagne has also been an integral part of sports celebration since Fred Chandon started offering their champagne to the winners of French Formula 1 Grand Prix events on the famous Reims circuit in the heart of Champagne back in the 30’s. The tradition of spraying a bottle of champagne from the winner’s podium after a race didn’t start until 1967 when Dan Gurney and A. J. Foyt won the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Ford GT40. Gurney, not a drinker, was handed the victors’ bottle of Moët et Chandon and spontaneously shook the bottle and sprayed it on everyone in his vicinity. No surprise, the spraying of Champagne has become a tradition on every motor-racing podium for its symbolism.

So there you have it – the history of celebrating champagne started with a French King and is now used to celebrate victory, important moments in life, New Year’s Eve, birthdays and the list goes on, by people from all walks of life, race and religion. So don’t forget to celebrate with Champagne all the more this month!

In this week’s topic on Malbec, it brings back fond memories of my favourite ones. Malbecs originated from France but since it was brought to Argentina in 1852, it created such a sensation, as Argentina’s climate and terroir was perfect for the thin-skinned nature of the Malbec grape. It has since been adopted as the main stay grape by Argentines in their wines. Unfortunately for France, their volatile climate made it hard for Malbec to survive – facing high risks of decay and the famous frost in 1956 wiped out more than 75% of the crop. Today, it’s predominantly known as one of the six grapes allowed in the blend of red Bordeaux wine. The French plantations of Malbec are now found primarily in Cahors in South West France.

On my favourite Argentine Malbec, no surprise it is Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino by well-known Argentine winemaker, Nicholas Catena Zapata who is credited with reviving Malbec and putting Argentine wines on the world map. They are made from a meticulous vine selection in the best lots of the Catena family’s estate vineyards. The wine has a dark ruby color, with strong scents of blackberries raisin, hints of cigar and horse stables. There is no denying the aging of the 24 months in barrel has on the wine. It’s well balanced and has a long finish. A great wine to go with my favourite steak.

On the French side, I have to say it is Chateau du Cedre Le Cèdre from Cahors. A full bodied wine with high tannins, definitely best to let it breathe for a bit. What we have on the nose is ripe, black fruit, hints of dried herbs. It’s a complex and well-balanced wine with an elegant finish. Goes so well with game meat and even internal organs.

7 Wine Storing Mistakes You Didn’t Know You’re Committing

Most of the time, we buy wine to drink right away. But sometimes there are bottles that are worthy of wine storing endeavours. A daughter’s wedding, a milestone birthday, a golden wedding anniversary- these occasions are definitely worth saving your best wines for. But sometimes even the best-laid wine storing plans go awry especially when your wine storage techniques are not up to snuff. Here are some wine storing practices you could be doing more harm than good to those precious bottles in your collection:

1. Keeping your wine upright. Yes, with most wines with screw top caps, upright wine storing is not a big deal. But with a traditional cork closure, this is a disaster waiting to happen. Keeping the bottles in a vertical position for an extended period of time will dry out the cork. When this happens, the cork shrivels up — allowing oxygen to enter the bottle. Oxidised wine on your romantic anniversary? I wouldn’t advise it. So make sure you do wine storing horizontally to keep the cork moist and the wine in tiptop condition.

2. Putting them by the window or any place that gets a lot of light. Light, specifically sunlight, is one of wine’s greatest enemies. Imagine practising long-term wine storing exactly where the sun hits it. The UV rays can actually degrade and age your wine prematurely. If you look at most wine bottles, you will notice that they are all colored or dark. These bottles act like sunscreen for the precious liquid it holds inside. It keeps the wine from coming into contact with too much light. Now, household lights and bulbs will probably not cause as much damage right away but they can also cause wine labels to fade. This doesn’t affect the quality of the wine but makes the bottle look old and unappealing. In general, incandescent bulbs are more ideal for wine storing as they emit smaller amounts of UV light and are a much more desirable choice than fluorescent ones.

3. Keeping them too long. There are wines that get better with age but there are wines that do not. These wines are meant to be drunk as soon as they are bought while they are still fresh, zesty and fruity, and wine storing may beat their purpose. For instance, wines like Beuajolais Nouveau or a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc should be consumed within a year or two after release, not a decade after. Do yourselves a favour and check your stash to make sure you are able to enjoy wines such as these at their peak.

4. Storing them in the fridge for months. Keeping wines in your trusty refrigerator is actually not a bad idea…for a short period of time, that is. Fridge wine storing is not meant to keep your wines in good condition for months on end. Usually, the average temperature of a household refrigerator is below 45F. It safely stores food items but the lack of moisture in this environment can dry corks out. Again, a dried up cork will shrink and eventually allow oxygen into the wine bottle. Oxygen + Wine = not a good combination. Sometimes the temperature in the fridge becomes too cold. When this happens, the wine could expand to the point that it pushes the cork out. Now, that is something you really don’t want to happen.

5. Keeping them in a warm place. I have seen this too many times in homes with old-fashioned bars that act like wine storing cabinets. The bottles are stored in the dark, all locked up inside this hot and humid closet. Remember, heat is another major enemy for wines. Any temperature higher than 70F will age wine more quickly than desired. And if it gets even hotter than that, you end up with “cooked” wine. This results in wine with flat aromas and zero flavour.

6. Too much or too little humidity- Ideally, wine storing should be at the ideal humidity of 70%. Drier than that and the cork will dry out. Of course, this is very rare (unless you live in the desert or the arctic). 50-80% humidity is generally considered safe for wine storage. Damper conditions will promote mould. This may not have a direct effect on a properly sealed bottle of wine but it can damage the labels, which will make the wine bottles look less than perfect (not good for wines meant as investment). Buying a dehumidifier for wine storing can remedy this problem.

7. Moving them around constantly- Unless you live beside a railroad, this is probably the least of your concerns. But there are theories that too much vibration or movement could damage wine in the long term by speeding up the chemical reactions in the liquid. To be safe, just avoid moving your wine around from one area of the house to the other. The less the disturbance, the better your wine will keep.

One way to ensure that your wines are kept in the most ideal conditions is to turn them over to the wine storing experts. In Asia, fine wine collectors have countless options and one of them is Singapore Wine Vault (SGWV). In SGWV, bottles are kept in climate controlled, insulated, secure and state of the art cellars. Wines are also insured to guarantee full replacement value for any damage or loss in the event of unfortunate incidents (e.g. fire). With all these worries taken care of, you can sit back, relax and wait until you are ready to enjoy that perfect bottle at the perfect time.

It’s a minor miracle that a bottle of Chardonnay from France can sit next to a bottle of California Reds at a supermarket here in Singapore. Modern cross-border supply-chains and international wine shipping have made it easy and accessible for enthusiasts to enjoy wines from every corner of the globe. It’s a phenomenon that has accelerated the growth of the industry but has also profoundly changed its flavour.

For years exquisite wines were the sole domain of French vineyards. Today while Bordeaux and Burgundy still regularly produce high quality wines, wines from places as varied as Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina also compare favourably to the traditional wine-producing regions.

As tastemakers and connoisseurs of wine, it makes our job of finding the best bottles of vino for our members all that much more challenging and rewarding. Read on to find out more about how we source wines, acquire them, and bring them back to our state-of-the-art facility.

Sourcing The Best Wines

As romantic as it sounds, we do not personally visit every vineyard or winery we source our wines from. Very few people actually do. Most business in the high-end wine world is conducted via merchants and we are no different. Over decades we’ve built close relationships with experienced merchants who regularly send us consignments of wines and recommend to us new varieties to add to our collection via international wine shipping.

It is this expansive yet close-knit network that is at the heart of our success. Many retailers and even private collectors or enthusiasts might want to purchase a bottle of wine they’ve read about or tried while on holiday. But without the right connections, it will be difficult for them to get their hands on a steady supply.

Where Do We Get Our Wines From?

While we keep a watchful eye on emerging wine markets, we still focus on procuring the highest quality wines from around the world for our clientele. We import mostly from France, Italy, USA, Australia, and New Zealand through our wine shipping networks.

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We do have wines from other countries, but they make up a very small percentage of our total collection.

Acquiring Wine And Creating Contractual Agreements

Buying and selling wine is a business that’s very much about trust. Merchants prefer long-term relationships where they know there will be steady and sustained demand for their products, rather than individuals spot-buying a few bottles at a time. Our great advantage in the industry is our ability to bring together wine lovers from all over Singapore into one place to enjoy and appreciate exquisite wines. This puts us in prime position to sign long-term contracts for larger volumes of high-end wines that would not be possible for individual buyers.

Shipping And Storage Of Wines

Most of our wines are flown into the country, although for larger volumes we occasionally use sea freight. An important aspect of wine logistics is shipping wine in temperature-controlled environments to preserve the quality of the product. As a wholly owned subsidiary of CWT Logistics, we have over 50 years of global logistics experience and an impressive track record in wine storage and handling.

As a business, we live and breathe wine every day. And while we can go on about our favourite varieties and vintages, the day-to-day aspects of running a wine cellarage are equally important to our success. It’s what allows us to find the absolute highest quality investment-grade wines and store them securely for our members.

Interested to learn more about our collection or have a question about our wine storage facility? Reach out to us via our contact us page and our support team will follow up with you.

If you enjoy a glass of Merlot with your dinner and you like long-term steady asset appreciation, then diving into wine investing can be a way for you to diversify your portfolio and explore your love for vino at the same time.

For many years, wine investing was only for the ultra wealthy who had access to the right networks to purchase investment-worthy wines, and owned industry-grade cellars which could be trusted to preserve the quality of their bottles.

However today, wine investing is more accessible than ever before. There are now wine investment platforms for you to begin your journey, professional storage services for you to store your bottles, and much of the information you need can be found online. Here’s a short guide of how you can start to invest in wine.

1) Understand The Market

Like any other investment, the wine market demands that you have a thorough understanding of the trends and the underlying factors that drive prices upwards before you purchase your first bottle of investment wine. Not all wines are made the same and it’s important to understand which wines will appreciate in value and which bottles you should stay away from.

To become a savvy wine investor you must endeavour to know everything you can about the product. How is wine made and judged? Which vintages do you need to pay attention to? Are there any new worldwide trends in wine consumption? How can you go about preserving your bottle of wine? What are the Duty and GST for wine?

Similar to any other commodity, dedicating time to research allows you to make more accurate predictions about future price increases.

2) Choose Your Vintage Carefully

Vintage is a deceptively simple concept in the wine industry. On the surface it tells the year the grapes were picked for a particular bottle of wine. But because of the way climate influences the quality of wine, temperature and weather variations can lead to certain years being better than others.

If you’re looking to buy wine that appreciates in value over time, then it’s crucial that you pick the right vintage. Although master winemakers can still produce good wine from poor grapes, a pairing of good year-round weather conditions and a quality producer can result in a truly special bottle of wine.

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3) Look Into Wine Auctions

If you’re wondering how to invest in your first bottle of wine, there are actually a few different ways. You could purchase wine futures and buy a bottle of wine while it’s still maturing. You can also invest directly in the wine industry by purchasing stocks in wine merchants or producers.

Alternatively, you can also opt to buy individual wine bottles on your own via wine auctions. Websites like Winebid and Sotheby’s make the process easy and painless for beginners. It also gives you a greater amount of control over your collection and you might be able to pick up a few great deals along the way.

4) Make Storage A Priority

Wine degrades if not stored properly. Extreme temperatures, exposure to light, and humidity can ruin a batch of wine bottles and destroy their value. If you are serious about investing in wine, then you should look towards professional wine storage facilities which are dedicated to preserving your wine and keep your liquid assets safe.

Usually staffed by experts, storage facilities allow you to indulge in buying wine without worry about keeping them in expensive custom-made wine cellars. Especially in Singapore where space is at a premium and humidity levels are high, a wine storage facility is well worth the money.

Wine investing can be a profitable yet exciting endeavour that is also a long-term commitment. If you’re looking to make a quick dollar, then wine investing may be the wrong activity for you. But if you’re willing to be patient and learn the tricks of the trade, you can turn your passion for wine into a diversified investment strategy that can help pad out your nest egg.

As South East Asia’s largest fine wine storage facility we know a thing or two about high-end wines. We provide wine investors with resources like secure wine storage, alcohol duty calculators in Singapore, and connect them with wine merchants from around the world. Contact us today to open a wine account with us and let us know how we can help you grow your wine collection.

Unlike other alcoholic drinks, wine needs a little more care to maintain the taste and flavours we love so much. Extreme swings or excessive temperatures can alter the delicate chemical structures in wine which may end up ruining the taste. UV rays can also degrade and prematurely age wine. Fortunately for wine lovers, the art of wine storage goes back centuries and there are many practical steps that can be taken to preserve your bottles.

However there are also many persistent myths that exist about wine storage. To help separate fact from fiction, we’ve gone in depth into 4 misconceptions about wine storage and how our services at the Singapore Wine Vault can help.

1) Storing At Room Temperature Is Fine

Wine coolers exist for a reason. Especially in our tropical climate, the average daily temperatures will oxidise your wine and accelerate the ageing process. Leaving a bottle of wine out on a hot day can result in a permanently unpleasant sour taste.

The ideal temperatures for wine are between 12-19 degrees for red wine and 8-12 degrees for white. Wine coolers help keep your bottles cool and unspoiled for long periods of storage.

2) You Can Store Wine In A Glass Cabinet

Wine bottles often come in enchanting bottles with impressive labels. If you’re an avid collector, you could be tempted to show off and display your wine in a glass cabinet for your guests to admire. However UV light from the sun is the foremost enemy of wine.

UV light causes chemical reactions within the amino acids to create sulphur. Sulphur compounds cause unpleasant tastes and aromas, and can be smelled even at very low concentrations.

To circumvent such problems, a wine cooler is a good solution. They have UV-resistant tinted glass to reduce the amount of UV exposure. Or you can also consider storing your wine in a professional wine cellar in Singapore where experts are able to maintain very precise environments for your collection.

3) All Wine Can Be Aged

Contrary to popular belief, most wine is designed to be consumed within a few years of their purchase. Only very few wines taste better when aged beyond that. Some examples of wines that age well include Rieslings, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Madeiras, and Pinot Noir. These are considered good candidates for ageing as they generally have higher sugar contents, are high in tannins, or have good acidity.

Other wines like Sauvigion Blanc, Rosés, Pinot Grigio, or inexpensive wines are better when consumed early and should not be aged in a wine cellar or cabinet.

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4) Wine Can Be Kept Upright

To understand this myth, we have to go into the complicated relationship between wine and oxygen. Oxidation is a natural process that occurs during winemaking and can lead to deeper, more complex flavours. However too much oxygen causes irreversible damage and winemakers have stringent methods to prevent over-oxidation of wine.

One of these measures is corking a bottle. The cork stops the oxidation process and only allows a limited amount of oxygen to enter. Storing a bottle of wine on its side ensures that the cork is in constant contact with the liquid inside and prevents it from drying out and losing its efficacy.

Wine is a living, breathing product that is very much a product of its environment. However, wine storage doesn’t have to be overly complicated or impractical. By understanding common misconceptions and following simple guidelines, you can ensure your bottles are kept in top condition.

If you have expensive investment-quality wines then perhaps it would be best to trust the experts. At Singapore Wine Vault, our highly secure state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with humidity and temperature controls that keep your bottles in perfect conditions for ageing. We also provide wine delivery services in Singapore to your choice of location.

Contact us today to let us know of your interest in our services and let us know if you have any questions for our team.

Many of us know the importance of wine pairing. After all, the right wine can accentuate different dishes and make most food taste delectable. What many don’t realise though, is the complex nature of the wine industry and how much effort goes into getting the wine from vineyard to table. Every step, from sourcing rare vintages to finding the appropriate storage, is critical and of utmost importance.

That’s where the Singapore Wine Vault comes in. This $200m state-of-the-art urban wine vault spreading across 750,000 square feet is the largest in Southeast Asia. Aside from providing wine storage, Singapore Wine Vault offers oenophiles access to a wide range of international wines and reliable and secure shipping, making them the perfect partner from the beginning to the end of your wine journey.

This state-of-the-art urban wine vault spreading across 750,000 square feet is the largest in Southeast Asia.

The importance of proper care for your wines

Experts often say that wine is “a living and breathing thing” during its time in the bottle. Changes in the environment can open up and release complex flavours in wine. In equatorial climates like Singapore, there are many challenges when it comes to the transport and storage of wine. Environmental factors such as light, heat, and humidity can cause wines to develop an unpleasant taste and even become undrinkable.

In other words, keeping your prized bottles safe can be a tedious task. As a serious wine collector or investor, this means finding a storage solution with specific parameters. Given how expensive some rare wines are, it is wise to leave them to experts with dedicated facilities and solutions.

Founded in 2014, the Singapore Wine Vault is that dedicated expert. Offering a secure home for your liquid assets, they also act as a trusted partner for international wine shipping. Set up to respond to the growing needs of sophisticated wine investors, they understand the importance of having access to a wide range of wines from different regions. They work with international suppliers who can source and procure the best wines from around the world. Additionally, they facilitate the logistics of getting those wines to you, guaranteeing a seamless wine experience from start to end.

Equatorial climates like Singapore posits many challenges when it comes to the effective transport and storage of wine.

Unlike traditional self-storage facilities that require fixed lease agreements, Singapore Wine Vault offers a pay-per-use option. This flexible approach allows clients to merely pay for the storage space they need and the duration they require it for. Whether you’re looking for short or long-term storage, you have the freedom to adjust your storage requirements based on your changing needs.

Cutting-edge technology

Believing that your liquid assets only deserve the best, Singapore Wine Vault employs the best technology and security setting it a cut above its competitors.

To ensure ideal storage for all types of wines, the vault offers secure wine space that is separated into two main chamber areas: 12°C for storage of fine wines, and 20°C for storage of commercial wines. The combination of a temperature-controlled warehouse and industrial dehumidifiers ensures wine quality is preserved. This offers the best of both worlds to clients who may want to store and age their wine at an optimal temperature as well as wine lovers who want to have a collection of wines on hand for drinking.

Offering both bonded and non-bonded options, you’re free to suspend the payment of duty and GST until your wines are withdrawn for consumption. It is also the first in the world to receive the ISO and HACCP Certification from TUV Rheinland for the storage and handling of wines. Other services they offer include processing GST and taxes for duty-suspended goods, optional wine insurance covering fire and theft, and even wine photography.

As the creators of the first-ever Wine Vault app developed for both Android and iPhone users, anyone with a Singapore Virtual Wine Cellar account can access their wine cellar, regardless of where they are. This dedicated app offers an instant overview of your wine collection, delivers information for easy management of your wine portfolio, shows a photographic inventory of your wine collection upon request, and even arranges delivery door-to-door for wines at the mere touch of a button.

Your trusted partner in wine storage

Whether you’re someone who enjoys hosting dinners with the best bubbly at your place, an investor looking to restock your cellar with top-notch picks, or simply a wine lover who loves a good glass from time to time, the team at Singapore Wine Vault guarantees top-notch customer service so you can have peace of mind from vineyard to living room.