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The 14 Best Wine Racks

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If you’re new to wine collecting, you’ll soon come to understand the importance of storing your bottles correctly.

The temperature should be controlled and consistent, with both red wines and white wines requiring slightly different temperatures for drinking, but for long-term storage, store both wines at 50F.

You’ll also need to ensure that no harsh light penetrates your wine bottles.

Why can’t you store wine in the fridge, though?

Well, your kitchen refrigerator does not make a serviceable wine storage solution. The temperature and humidity levels are not appropriate for storing wine, and there’s too much light and vibration, too. Throw in the problems when you store wine vertically, and you need an alternative to a kitchen fridge.

If you’re not interested in investing in a wine cooler, the best wine racks are the obvious solution.

While you may initially imagine buying a rack is one of the simplest possible decisions, you might be surprised at the number of things you need to consider when comparing the best racks.

Focus on these pointers, though, and you can’t go wrong:

  • Type of rack: By far the most popular style are freestanding wine racks. You can leave this on the floor or pop it on the countertop. Stacking or modular racks optimize storage capacity and reduce the amount of space you need.
  • Materials: You need to look for wine racks that are robustly constructed and deliver a stable storage solution for your bottles. Steel or natural wood make the best options. While they are both equally strong choices, wood may call for more ongoing maintenance.
  • Access: Open wine racks allow you to access your wine bottles more easily. Think about whether you want to store your wine long-term or to regularly drink it. Make sure you choose a rack with appropriate access for your needs.
  • Capacity: Capacity is crucial when you’re comparing wine racks. Think not only about your wine collection as it is today, but also how you plan it developing over time. Make sure you don’t sell yourself short here.
  • Rack design: Make sure the racks are positioned sideways. The racks should also be slightly tilted.
  • Stability: Ensure that all the wine racks on your shortlist are stable when installed.
  • Installation: Not every wine rack you’ll find is easy to install. We understand that not everyone has access to tools, and not everyone is equipped to tackle DIY. We draw your attention to the ease of installation or otherwise with all the wine racks on our shortlist.
  • Accessory storage: If you want to store accessories or glassware, you can find plenty of wine racks that make this possible. We review several of these right below.

And thinking of reviews, it’s time to launch right in now with our curated collection of all the best wine racks at a variety of price points, styles, and capacities. If you keep the pointers above in mind when you’re on the buying trail, you should easily pick the right rack for your needs.

Dive in!


The 14 Best Wine Racks 

1. Our Pick: JK Adams Wine Rack

J.K-Adams-Ash-Wood-40-Bottle-Wine-Rack

Features

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Capacity: 40 bottles
  • Dimensions: 16 x 11.5 x 7.25 inches

If you have a growing wine collection you’d like stored correctly, you need to decide whether to opt for a wine rack or a cooler. If you don’t have the space or the inclination to chill your wine, this rack has the capacity for up to 40 bottles.

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly wine storage solution that’s also easy on the eye, you’ll appreciate the sustainable ash wood and driftwood this rack is made from. Fortunately, it’s not a case of form over function, though.

You’ll get plenty of freedom when you’re assembling this rack. The modular build can be configured in a variety of ways to suit your storage needs. Crisp and clear instructions make this simple and you won’t need hardcore DIY skills to put this unit together.

Easy to use, the rack is just as forgiving when it comes to maintenance. Just wipe the shelves down with a damp cloth and that’s all that’s required.

For anyone still unsure whether to invest in this wine rack, there’s a no-quibbles satisfaction guarantee in place. If you’re unhappy with the rack or it lets you down in any way, just call in for a no-questions refund. You can’t really ask for more than that.

Things We Like

  • Ash wood and driftwood
  • Easy to care for
  • 100% satisfaction guarantee

Things We Dislike

  • Inconsistent build

2. GWH Store Wine Rack

GWH-Industrial-Wine-Rack-Wall-Mounted

Features

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Capacity: 16 bottles
  • Dimensions: 39.4 x 15.7 x 34 inches

Next up comes a much more compact wine rack ideal for those looking to keep a few bottles of red or white close at hand in the kitchen.

The rack is designed to be mounted to the wall, saving space in the kitchen. The only drawback comes in the form of the mounting brackets. These feel weak and fragile.

The split-level rack is made from 100% pine, one of the most effective woods used for making wine racks. The main level gives you the space for between four and six wine bottles. The upper level provides space for ornaments or wine accessories. Beneath the rack, several hooks let you keep a selection of wine glasses close at hand.

Galvanized steel makes a nice visual contrast with the pale pine, and you benefit from a solid and robust rack that should give you years of faithful service – just keep an eye on those brackets.

If you are not especially DIY-savvy, you’ll appreciate the ease of installation with this rack. It should only take around 20 minutes to get this thing up on the wall and then you’ll have all your wine needs right at hand in the kitchen.

Things We Like

  • Multipurpose storage solution
  • Made from pine and steel
  • Super-simple to install

Things We Dislike

  • Brackets feel slightly flimsy

3. O&K Furniture Wine Rack

O&K-Furniture-Industrial-Wine-Rack-Table-for-Liquor-and-Glasses

Features

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Capacity: 16 bottles
  • Dimensions: 39.4 x 15.7 x 34 inches

Next in our quest for the best wine racks is a freestanding solution from the mighty O&K Furniture that deserves a mention.

Anyone who wants their wine collection on open display in a living area will appreciate this unit that’s made over to wine storage while also allowing you to stash ornaments, accessories, and glasses onboard.

Measuring 40 inches in diameter, this is a wide unit so make sure you have space for it.

The build is solid considering it’s not real wood, but manufactured MDF boards. It’s treated to look like a striking contemporary piece of furniture instead of a tediously functional wine rack.

The MDF is complemented by some robust metal racks and struts to keep all your wine securely stored and completely protected.

You get all the hardware you need for assembly thrown in.

While the vast bulk of user feedback concerning this model is positive, we came across a few gripes about the feel of the laminated tabletop. Overall, though, you’re getting great value here and a tabletop wine rack that gives you great flexibility.

Things We Like

  • Open storage solution
  • Tabletop and shelving
  • MDF and metal

Things We Dislike

  • Laminate top is a let-down

4. HB Design Co. Countertop Wine Rack

HB-Design-Co-Countertop-Wine-Rack

Features

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Capacity: 16 bottles
  • Dimensions: 39.4 x 15.7 x 34 inches

If you are looking for a design-driven wine rack that doesn’t sacrifice function to achieve form, this countertop offering from HB Design Co. is well worth popping on your shortlist.

There are seven hexagonal slots in this rack and the space for a couple of bottles on top of the rack, giving you a nine-bottle capacity, and a seven-bottle racked capacity. While this will not accommodate a large collection of wine, it enables you to keep a few of your preferred bottles within easy reach for immediate consumption.

The only notable drawback of these hexagonal slots is that larger bottles of wine don’t always fit in. We suggest laying any larger bottles on top of the rack instead.

The iron construction is finished with a powder-coated treatment. This improves overall resistance and also imparts a sleek look. This rack would work well in both traditional and modern kitchens.

While this wine rack is not the most substantial on our list today, you benefit from an extremely compact footprint. Anyone living in an apartment or somewhere with a cramped kitchen will appreciate the space-saving nature of this rack.

If you want to keep a handful of wine bottles nearby for regular consumption, this rack enables you to do so without eating up too much space. Keep the corks of your wine bottles moist with this horizontal storage system and enjoy your wine at its very best.

Things We Like

  • Innovative hexagonal storage space
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Impressive durability

Things We Dislike

  • Storage slots will not accommodate all wine bottles

5. mDesign Stackable Wine Rack

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Features

  • Style: Freestanding stackable
  • Capacity: 3 bottles
  • Dimensions: 11.5 x 8.1 x 4 inches

mDesign has something for anyone looking for makeshift wine bottle storage on a budget. If you want some decorative racks and shelves that also double as storage space, this is not for you. For anyone requiring the ability to stash a few wine bottles horizontally, however, this rack might be worthwhile.

The plastic build is certainly not to everyone’s liking. That said, functionality is beyond reproach. As you’ll know even if you’re new to wine collecting, you should avoid storing wine bottles vertically. With the liquid no longer contacting the cork, this can dry out and debris from the cork can make its way into your wine. Sidestep this fate by laying up to 4 bottles of vino on their sides.

Each stackable rack holds 2 bottles of wine, and you’ll get a pair of these racks included here. While it’s not the best way to build out storage for a large collection, you could easily bundle a few racks together for a more modest selection of bottles.

The plastic is free of BPA and also completely shatterproof.

Although you won’t be able to slide the racks into the dishwasher, all you need to do is wipe them down with some warm soapy water.

As with all countertop racks, you need to compromise on capacity to achieve a compact and space-saving form factor. This rack from mDesign is one of the most effective countertop models in a crowded market segment.

Things We Like

  • Shatterproof BPA plastic
  • Compact rack
  • Stackable for more storage

Things We Dislike

  • Not the best-looking rack

6. Mango Steam Wine Bottle Rack

Mango-Steam-32-Bottle-Wine-Rack-with-Glass-Table-Top

Features

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Capacity: 32 bottles
  • Dimensions: 21 x 9 x 27 inches

Mango Steam has a deep bench of storage solutions combining practicality, elegance, and affordability in one attractive package. Not only is this rack very reasonably priced, but if you act quickly, you’ll benefit from an aggressive discount.

The steel rack is a freestanding unit that won’t eat up too much interior real estate despite the generous capacity. Slide in up to 32 bottles of your favorite vino and keep it stored horizontally as it should be.

All wine racks need to provide a strong and stable home for your bottles. This rack is equipped with floor levelers, allowing you to make sure everything is wobble-free before you start loading it up with your precious wine collection.

The tempered glass top is the perfect spot for a corkscrew, glass, or opened bottle of wine.

The exterior of the rack is smoothly finished with no visible screws to mar the clean lines.

If you don’t like the idea of a wine cooler and you’re looking for robust storage for a small collection of wine, this rack is a smart alternative.

Things We Like

  • Rugged steel construction
  • Tempered glass top
  • Floor levelers

Things We Dislike

  • Manufacturing could be improved

7. Hombazaar Industrial Wine Rack

Hombazaar-Industrial-Wine-Rack-Table

Features

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Capacity: 20 bottles
  • Dimensions: 43.5 x 19.8 x 9.7 inches

If you like the idea of an all-purpose storage solution that enables you to keep a small wine collection, some glasses, and all your accessories close at hand, consider this industrial rack and table from Hombazaar.

This table offers much more space for storage than a regular rack. You can easily keep your decanter, aerator, corkscrew, and all the glasses you need on this set-up.

Total capacity is twenty bottles, allowing you to keep a nice selection of your favorite vino for ready consumption.

The construction is wood, machined wood, and metal. While this is perhaps not the most striking or attractive overall finish, you benefit when it comes to longevity.

If you don’t like DIY and have few practical skills, you shouldn’t have any trouble setting this rack and table up. Everything you need is included, too, so you won’t be reaching for a toolkit.

In spite of the impressive and versatile storage offered, overall dimensions are reasonably compact. If space is too tight to mention, you could easily position this table and rack in the corner of the room.

Beneath the table, some efficient anti-slip pads ensure that stability is uppermost. You won’t spill your wine when you’re pouring it on this table, and the legs won’t end up scratching your flooring either.

Aside from a few scattered complaints concerning customer service, this is one of the most effective and affordable wine racks you can find, so what are you waiting for?

Things We Like

  • Generous total capacity
  • Flexible storage solution
  • Easy assembly with all hardware bundled

Things We Dislike

  • Customer service issues raised

8. Stackable Modular Wine Rack

DisplayGifts-Stackable-Modular-Wine-Rack

Features

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Capacity: 72 bottles
  • Dimensions: 46 x 12 x 30 inches

For wine lovers with a growing collection looking to store 72 bottles horizontally, this stackable modular rack.

DisplayGifts Store delivers a highly effective series of racks in a number of sizes and configurations. This stackable rack is a superb example suitable for freestanding installation.

The twelve rows of six shelves make a snug home for up to 72 regular 750ml bottles of wine. This gives you similar capacity to many wine coolers without requiring anywhere near the space to accommodate. If this sizing doesn’t sound like a good fit, there are many other racks in the range to suit.

The thick pine used gives you exceptional stability in the shelving and no headaches about an expensive bottle of vintage crashing to the floor and the bottle smashing.

The manufacturer notes that Merlot and Cabernet bottles will fit in all spots. When you’re placing Pinot Noir or other larger bottles in the rack, though, you won’t be able to achieve full capacity.

You should find you can install this rack in no more than ten minutes without needing any special DIY skills or tools.

For snug and secure accommodation for a growing wine collection, check out this pine gem from the DisplayGifts Store.

Things We Like

  • Outstanding total capacity
  • Made from pine
  • Assemble in less than 10 minutes

Things We Dislike

  • Not as large as it appears in listing image

9. Sorbus Wall Mounted Wine Rack

Sorbus-Wall-Mount-Wine/Towel-Rack

Features

  • Style: Wall-mounted
  • Capacity: 6 bottles
  • Dimensions: 16.6 x 2.6 x 2.1 inches

Sorbus is a dominant force in this vertical, and once you try their storage and shelving solutions, you’ll discover why.

This is a dual-purpose rack that holds both wine and towels. This makes it a wise bet for any home where space is at a premium.

Now, this is a much smaller rack that will only accommodate a half-dozen bottles. If you only drink the occasional well-selected bottle and you don’t need a large integrated wine cooler, this dinky rack is a good workaround.

The rack is wall-mounted, so you’ll keep all those wine bottles and towels out of the way, perfect in an apartment or anywhere else with limited interior real estate.

If you need more storage, the modular design of this rack lets you easily build in some more.

Although it’s intended for either wine bottles or towels, we found some negative reviews from users reporting about problems with towel storage. When it comes to wine storage, testimony is positive.

As an added kicker, the installation shouldn’t be too taxing either as long as you have some rudimentary DIY skills.

Things We Like

  • Unbeatable brand heritage
  • Space-saving solution
  • Modular set-up

Things We Dislike

  • Not so effective with towels

10. Wallniture Dijon Wine Rack

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Features

  • Style: Wall-mounted or under cabinet
  • Capacity: 5 bottles
  • Dimensions: 23.5 x 4.1 x 5.5 inches

As we near the end of our wine rack reviews, we have another option for those looking to keep several bottles nearby.

You can mount this rack on the wall or pop it under a cabinet, allowing you to store your wine correctly, even if you have limited space in the kitchen.

The construction of alloy steel gives you a lengthy lifespan and a rack that looks great in both traditional and modern kitchens.

Installation is straightforward and you’ll get all the hardware you need thrown in, as well as crisp and clear instructions.

The rack has space for five regular wine bottles. Alternatively, you could use this rack for storing towels, making it one of the most versatile, affordable, and effective wine storage solutions.

If you require slightly more storage capacity, you could use more than one of these racks in combination. Alternatively, use this small rack for wine you plan to drink soon, and choose a larger rack to house the majority of your collection.

Things We Like

  • Made from rugged alloy steel
  • Flexible storage solution
  • Easy assembly with all hardware bundled

Things We Dislike

  • Only for small wine collections

11. Sorbus Freestanding Wine Rack

Sorbus-Wine-Rack-Free-Standing-Floor-Stand

Features

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Capacity: 100 bottles
  • Dimensions: 37.75 x 7.75 x 39.5 inches

If you have a swelling wine collection that you want neatly organized with all bottles stored horizontally, this freestanding unit from industry heavyweight Sorbus is a must.

This is one of the most spacious racks you can find with room for up to 100 bottles of vino. As with all capacities quoted, this reflects standard-sized 750ml bottles of Bordeaux. With larger bottles, you’ll obviously fit far fewer in. There are smaller and larger racks available if this isn’t suitable meaning you’re spoiled for choice by Sorbus.

Despite the sprawling size, you won’t need much time or trouble to put this rack together. Instructions are precise and you’ll get all the hardware you need in the package.

The sturdy metal shelves are scalloped and keep your wine bottles securely in place for however long you choose to lay them up. You’ll get 10 tiers of these shelves.

As you would expect from such a towering wine rack, this eats up quite a lot of space so make sure you have the room before committing to purchase.

Things We Like

  • Enormous capacity
  • Easy to put together
  • 10-tier shelving

Things We Dislike

  • Large footprint

12. DECOMIL Wine Rack

DECOMIL-72-Bottle-Stackable-Modular-Wine-Rack

Features

  • Style: Modular stackable
  • Capacity: 72 bottles
  • Dimensions: 41 x 33.5 x 10 inches

Next in our curated list of the best wine racks comes another modular and stackable solution, this time from DECOMIL.

The line includes racks in many shapes and sizes suitable for a range of different wine collections. This version has enough space on the bamboo shelves for up to 72 bottles of vino.

The bamboo is not marred by any knots. The slotted, notched shelving provides a strong and stable home for your wine collection. You could, of course, use this rack for storing other bottled beverages, too.

Unlike many wine racks, you won’t need to be a DIY-lover to put this unit together. All hardware comes in the package, and you won’t need any tools either.

Unlike many wine rack manufacturers, DECOMIL put their money where their mouth is and warranty this rack for 1 year allowing you to buy with total confidence.

For generous storage capacity in a fairly compact wine rack, this bamboo gem is worth exploring.

Things We Like

  • Notched bamboo shelves
  • Quick and easy assembly
  • 1-year limited warranty

Things We Dislike

  • Not good for bigger bottles

13. Rustic State Wine Rack

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Features

  • Style: Freestanding
  • Capacity: 4 bottles
  • Dimensions: 9 x 15.25 x 9 inches

Not everyone wants or needs a sprawling wine rack capable of accommodating a large collection. If you have been looking for an attractive and hardwearing storage solution for a few bottles of wine and a handful of glasses, read on.

The walnut hue of this rack comes from the paulownia wood it is made from. This lightweight yet durable wood might not be the best-known type, but it works especially well for wine racks. Additionally, the wood is also very easy on the eye.

You’ll get everything you need bundled to install this rack in minutes flat.

The rack gives you space for just four bottles, so make sure this minimal capacity is suitable before committing to purchase. You also have space to hang some wine glasses below the rack.

Whether you want to put the rack on a bar cart, in a nook, or on a countertop, the freestanding installation gives you complete flexibility.

You might find that this rack comes in handy as a secondary rack if you have a larger wine collection. Consider using one of the much larger racks we review to house the bulk of your collection and then rotate a few bottles into the smaller rack so they are close by when you fancy a glass of wine.

Not only does this rack look attractive, but it’s also built to stay the distance. And, for those looking for a larger option, we have another outstanding Sorbus up next, so read on.

 Things We Like

  • Made from real wood
  • Perfect aesthetic for rustic kitchens
  • Installation is straightforward

Things We Dislike

  • Very minimal capacity

14. Sorbus Wall Mounted Wine Rack

Sorbus®-Wall-Mount-Wine-Rack

Features

  • Style: Wall-mounted
  • Capacity: 9 bottles
  • Dimensions: 3 x 10 x 28 inches

To round out today’s collection of the best wine racks comes another entry from the might Sorbus stable. Sorbus is a dominant force in this vertical, and once you try their storage and shelving solutions, you’ll discover why.

This is wall-mounted wine rack makes a wise bet for any home where space is at a premium. As with all smaller racks, though, you’ll need to take a hit when it comes to storage capacity.

This mini rack will only accommodate nine wine bottles. If you only drink the occasional well-selected bottle and you don’t need a large built-in wine cooler, this dinky rack is a good workaround.

The rack is wall-mounted, so you’ll keep all those wine bottles out of the way, perfect in an apartment or anywhere else with limited interior real estate.

If you need more storage, the modular design of this rack lets you easily build in some more.

As an added kicker, the installation shouldn’t be too taxing either as long as you have some rudimentary DIY skills.

If you like the look of this rack but it doesn’t suit in terms of capacity, we recommend exploring the rest of the deep Sorbus bench to find the wine rack of your dreams.

Things We Like

  • Unbeatable brand heritage
  • Space-saving solution
  • Modular set-up

Things We Dislike

  • Quality control concerns reported

FAQs

1) What are the main types of wine rack?

You can find wine racks in all shapes and sizes, as well as in many different styles. Some people just want a few bottles within easy reach on the kitchen counter, while others are looking for a storage solution for a large collection of hundreds or even thousands of bottles. Countertop wine racks are ideal if you want a compact and attractive method of keeping your wine within grasp. Some of these racks can hold a full case of wine, although others only have space for a bottle or two. A modular wine rack operates on the same principle, but you can stack these racks to increase the total overall storage capacity. Wall-mounted wine racks are ideal if space is at a premium. Keep your floors clear without compromising your wine storage.

2) Why do I need to store wine bottles on their sides?

While roughly 90% of the wine produced globally is intended for immediate consumption, the remainder benefits from aging in a climate-controlled environment. Regardless of whether you are storing your wine long-term or you plan to drink it in the immediate future, you should always store wine bottles horizontally rather than vertically. The primary reason for this is to make sure the cork remains moist. This prevents oxidation, a process that can impair wine. Additionally, when the wine label is facing up, this enables you to determine whether any sediment is accumulating. This will streamline the decanting process and minimize the chance of any debris ended up in your wine glass.

3) What are the best woods for wine racks?

Redwood and mahogany are two of the most popular premium woods used to make wine racks. All Heart redwood from California is highly resistant to mildew, rot, and insects. This gives you everything you need in a wine rack. The dense hardwood mahogany is also a great option due to the way it resists warping and shrinking, as well as inhibiting decay, rotting, and infestation. You won’t get any odor coming from these woods either, so you won’t end up contaminating your wine. Pine is another option, but this wood is not as dense as redwood or mahogany. Resultantly, pine wine racks are not typically as long-lasting or rugged. The drawback of pine is the accompanying odor. Finally, oak – especially when taken from reclaimed oak barrels – is another attractive and effective wood for wine racks.

4) What is the difference between bottle capacity and racked bottle capacity?

The terms bottle capacity and racked bottle capacity are similar but not interchangeable. The racked bottle capacity expresses the total number of bottles that rest directly on the racks. Bottle capacity, by contrast, tends to be greater, assuming that some bottles may need to rest on top of each other. This will make accessing your wine collection more problematic and can also end up scuffing and scratching the labels.

5) What are the most important factors when you are storing wine?

The quality of the wine in your glass will depend on how you have stored the wine. Temperature, humidity, and light are the most critical factors for wine storage. If you store wine at temperatures above 70F, this will spoil the taste. Instead, store wine for long-term storage at between 45F and 65F. Ensure that humidity levels in the room are between 50% and 70%. Position the wine rack away from direct sunlight and UV lights.


Conclusion

Perhaps you arrived here at Slow Wine Magazine today unsure whether you wanted a wine cooler or a wine rack. Now you’ve had the opportunity of browsing all the best wine racks at a variety of price points, you should hopefully be clearer on which type of wine storage makes the best fit for you.

If you choose any of the racks above, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting for your money. If you come across some wine racks we didn’t review today, we hope you find our buying guide comes in handy when you’re shopping.

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