Winkworth explores the UK property market to discover what it truly costs to own a wine cellar
Wine is now the preferred tipple of UK adults, and we’re even the sixth largest market in the world for all types of wine – and increasingly a producer too. White wine is the most popular and on average each of us drinks just over a bottle of vino a month whether it’s rosé, red, white, desert or bubbly.
But if you’re serious about the drink of the gods then temperature control is a must. To enjoy the full flavour and aromas of a wine it should be served at its optimum temperature, which varies between five and 18 degrees centigrade depending on which kind. Temperature controlled wine cellars aren’t that common, though. Of the five thousand or so properties Winkworth currently has for sale in the UK, only a handful – less than 1% - have a wine cellar.
Prices range from £675,000 for a one-bedroom maisonette near The Angel to £6.75 million for a seven-bedroom detached Victorian villa in Barnes – and our average is £2.66 million.
One alternative to buying a home with a wine cellar is to build your own. At the most basic you can buy a stand-alone cooled wine rack for between £400 and £1,000, while a bespoke glass cabinet in your cellar or a spare room with a cooling unit inside and the latest wine rack system for around 1,200 bottles will cost up to £15,000.
And if you really want something special then a spiral underground wine cellar that holds a similar number of bottles and that has a glass roof-cum-entrance can cost up to £40,000 – or approximately £30 a bottle.
“Wine cellars are not the only luxury feature we are asked about often,” says Dominic Agace, CEO of Winkworth. “There are plenty that are must-haves these days for many vendors with big budgets including second kitchens, spas, gyms, swimming pools, integrated lighting and sound controls, and even panic rooms.
“Not having such sought-after features can mean a property will sell for less than similar-size properties in the local area which do have them.”
Interested in a property with a wine cellar? Find our selection we currently have for sale here:
Great Percy Street, London, WC1X
£675,000 Share of freehold
Located on the quiet and picturesque Great Percy Street, this one-bedroom flat comes with two under-street vaults that double as a wine cellar. One of which has been plumbed for use of a washer/dryer.
Contact Winkworth Clerkenwell & City on 020 7405 1288 for more information.
Burney Street, Greenwich, SE10
A unique four-bedroom period house in Greenwich, south London, with a wine cellar built into a cupboard within its main reception room. Other amenities include a terrace view of the garden, family bathroom on the top floor and a WC cloakroom on the ground floor.
Contact Winkworth Greenwich on 020 3053 3033 for more information.
Roedean Way, Roedean, Brighton, BN2
A five-bedroom house, built by a Hollywood film director during the 1950s, has a state-of-the-art underground wine cellar for 1,500 bottles. Other amenities include a heated swimming pool, 360 degree viewing tower and a self contained annexe.
Contact Winkworth Brighton & Hove on 01273 772175 for more information.
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