Virginia is known for its many wineries where you can go to purchase your favorite wines, taste a few new ones and possibly find some new favorites in the process. Wine lovers often have special wines to serve with certain foods. They love to drink the wine but may also be into collecting wines and having the wine on-hand in their homes for special occasions.
If you're a wine enthusiast who stores great wines in your home - or would like to - you may want to consider having your own wine cellar. When shopping for a beautiful Smith Mountain Lake home, be sure you tell your real estate agent you want to see houses with wine cellars.
Fine wines have special needs that a wine cellar can take care of. Optimally, wine needs to be stored in temperatures between 52 degrees and 58 degrees F. to keep it from aging prematurely or inhibiting its natural development..
Long-term exposure to light can also cause your wine to age prematurely, and the proper humidity level (above 50%) is essential to keep the corks from losing their sealing capabilities, thus causing the possibility of oxidation. Vibration can also be harmful to maturing wines by interfering with the necessary biochemical process.
A wine cellar in your home will enable you to house your fine wines at the proper temperature, light, humidity, and stability levels to let them age naturally and always keep them at their best. After finding and purchasing great wines, you don't want to run the risk of losing them due to improper storage.
To learn more about some of the beautiful homes for sale in the Smith Mountain Lake area, and especially those with wine cellars, please contact me, Jane Sullivan Horne, or visit my website. My staff and I can also be reached at 540-493-1690 and are ready to help you find your perfect spot at Smith Mountain Lake, whether for year-round living, a seasonal vacation home, or the retirement home of your dreams.