Nicola Holden Designs – Contemporary Interior Designer, London.

Being a part of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) means that we are required to accrue a certain number of CPD (Continuing Professional Points) each year. Some of the topics are very important, but quite dry, like Client Contracts. Other subjects are somewhat more fun.

I recently attended a CPD by Spiral Cellars, learning about the ins and outs of their spiral wine cellars. And, I have to say that I am now wondering how I could incorporate a spiral cellar into my home renovation plans! I am sold!

Spiral Cellars 1

The Spiral Cellar was originally invented by Georges Harnois in 1977, following a visit to the Pont du Gard. Georges first built a test cellar in timber and then developed the concrete system which is still in use today.

Spiral Cellars 2

Due to the thermal properties of concrete, this spiral cellar offers the ideal conditions for storing and aging wine. Unlike other wine storage options, a Spiral Cellar requires no mechanical cooling and is maintenance free. And, more importantly in our small London homes, it adds space, and therefore value, to your property. And don’t forget about the added ‘wow’ factor.

Spiral Cellars 3

With some clever thinking on positioning and ventilation pipe routing, a Spiral Cellar can be located in any ground floor room of a property. It is up to 2.5m in diameter, between 1.35m and 3m deep, and costs between £12k to £45k. The largest Spiral Cellar can store up to 1900 bottles of wine.

Spiral Cellars 4

Wine is currently a good investment compared to other investment vehicles – and free of CGT. And, given that people are tending to entertain at home much more these days, it means that your wine collection will be close at hand. Now do you understand why I’m hooked?

The CPD ended with a spot of wine tasting too! All in all, an excellent afternoon.

Wine tasting

So, can you see the benefit of a spiral cellar in your home?

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Image credits from Spiral Cellars. Final image © Nicola Holden.

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