Welcome to The Wine Safe - owned and run by wine lovers, for wine lovers.
WineSafe (as it is known) is the original wine storage company here in New Zealand. It was started by a group of wine nuts in 1991, and became a registered business in 1993. It remains one of only two facilities in New Zealand that are solely and properly dedicated to fine wine storage.
WineSafe offers a secure, private, fully climate controlled facility that is dedicated purely to fine wine. It has been owned and run by one of its founders for over 20 years.
While none of us would park a Ferrari on the street, we often don't give the same consideration to our other investments. WineSafe offers ideal long term storage conditions for your finest wine with true constant temperature and humidity control, no ultraviolet light, and no vibration.
Temperature and humidity - Our coolrooms are kept at 13 degrees Celsius, plus or minus half a degree liquid fluctuation, with 68-72% humidity. To achieve this we use 22 specially imported Wine Guardian and Cellar Pro cooling units. These more than cover our 400 sq. metre space which contains 10 individual coolrooms, each with at least two cooling units, just in case one unit should require maintenance.
The floor space containing the coolrooms is itself airconditioned to 17 degrees providing extra control. Unlike other facilities, each of our coolrooms is constructed with heavily insulated metal, polystyrene and vapour barriered panels (rather than wood...), which further slows the daily fluctuations and assists the retention of cool air.
Many facilities use just one or two motor units to control the entire facility and simply duct the air around the various wooden walled lockers. The further your space is from the cooling unit, the higher the average temperature and the greater the on-off cycle fluctuation.
There are some great side benefits to using professionally managed storage - no double handling of your wine, more available home space, a complete lack of temptations, and no struggling with awkward wine lockers.
Wine lockers are cheaper than managed storage because they are cheaper to build and much cheaper to run. Of course many people prefer a hands-on approach to their cellars and are happy to spend time rearranging their locker to accommodate any new purchases and withdrawals...but if you're not, that's where we come in.
If you value your time and prefer someone manages your cellar for you, communicates with your suppliers, provides an up to date inventory any time you need one, and has your wine ready for you when you order it, the small amount extra that we charge is money well spent. You need not even see your wine for many years. We have been doing this for over 20 years, long before times became tough for the car and furniture guys.
Security - Access to the premises is strictly limited and is monitored by a state-of-the-art security system, linked to the same national security company who patrol the building 7 days a week.
WineSafe's main purpose is to accommodate your long term cellaring wines and is intended as an addition to your home cellar, to complement and improve your current storage situation, rather than replace it. As such, our minimum rental period is two years. We have over 400 long term customers, and over 30,000 bottles in our care. We also offer an individual cellar management service for Corporates and larger private cellars.
Please note that as we are a relatively small facility in the global scheme of things, we are frequently unable to accept new clients.