The Many Benefits of Automating Your Wine Cellar
Smart home technology often invokes thoughts of temperature control, automated lighting and shades, voice-control entertainment and security. What you might not realize is that this technology extends beyond practicality and into your wine collection.
Gone are the days of having to chill your wine in the fridge at the wrong temperature or worry about a power outage during your next vacation. There are numerous options fit for any level of connoisseur and any size collection. New technology from a standard wine cooler to a decked-out cellar, complete with the accessibility and organization at your fingertips thanks to state-of-the-art smart home technology and apps, make this investment an excellent one for your home.
These systems have many benefits, the most important being their ability to connect with your already-existing or planned home automation technology. Motorized shades, lighting and audio aren’t just for your living areas anymore – you can utilize your smart home tech to adjust the lighting, control the temperature, play your favorite music and protect your cellar from unwanted guests. For those with serious collections, many systems offer round-the-clock monitoring of your inventory, so you know what bottle has been accessed, by whom and when. Check out how this Star Trek fan integrated his home automation into his themed wine cellar. Need more inspiration? These five luxury homes took wine cellars to the next level with their designs and smart home control.
Want more apps to connect? High-tech options like the Elertus Wine Protection System or the IWG Cellar Cerveau offer your collection protection from humidity, incorrect temperature, open doors and power outages. Systems like the Cellar Cerveau and eSommelier come equipped with barcode scanners, label recognition software and RFID label technology to help you track your inventory – down to where the bottle is in your cellar and what your collection is worth. What’s more, some systems come pre-configured with a wide listing of data like wine types, grape varieties and tasting notes, while others also offer suggestions to add to your collection.
Whether you’re just starting your collection or have been an oenophile for decades, consider the value of automating your wine cellar.