You don’t need to be a large fine wine collector to store your prized bottles.
You don’t need to be a large fine wine collector to store your prized bottles. Across the US, storage facilities are thriving and have tailored their storage options to suit serious collectors, winemakers, wine retailers, and small wine enthusiasts. They have also diversified their services to include wine tastings, clubhouse events, and even art galleries and co-working spaces. Here are our top picks.*
*Note: this holds true up to the onset of Covid-19.
Members – standard or premier – have access to an extensive selection of storage options, ranging from $605 (10 cases) to $2,165 (36 cases) per year.
Membership perks include CellarTracker, an online inventory and tracking system; access to a cozy tasting lounge and wine library; concierge pickup / delivery / packaging services; a la carte sommelier consulting services such as collection appraisals and disaster management; and insurance – which is hard to come by as most other storage facilities rely on their users via homeowner’s insurance policies or additional fees.
Location: Napa, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, St. Louis
Domaine Storage has impeccable logistics and runs its five storage facilities like an Amazon warehouse.
Domaine also offers pallet-refrigerated units for temporary needs, modular and collapsible wine racks, and can house and track over 2 million bottles.
Originally a fine arts storage and contemporary art gallery, the 22,000 sq. ft. Mana now offers unlimited storage options for private collectors, restaurants, wineries, wine associations, and even the NY Chapter of Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, an international food and wine club.
In the late 90s, Mana Wine rehabilitated several abandoned warehouses in Jersey City, adding expensive state-of-the-art features such as temperature & humidity sensors, a flood-free facility with three back-ups generators, and a digital inventory system to track barcodes and wine labels.
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Mana Wine is a wine & fine arts storage facility that was recently featured in the New York Times!
Their unbundled pricing model, however, caters more to industry players (i.e., $300 per month for a 5×6 locker; $810 per month for a 9×9 locker; $45 per month for collection management) and includes same-day bottle pickup and delivery service in the NY tri-state area, as well as an exclusive members-only retail wine community and marketplace partnership with San Francisco-based online retailer Vinfolio.
Vinfolio is an example of a smart vertically integrated wine distributor: an online retailer / marketplace coupled with a California storage facility. In other words, it sells, buys, assesses, packages, catalogues and ships its members’ bottles.
Vinfolio manages a pool of 650,000 bottles and charges an annual storage fee of $600 for up to 100 bottles, as well as other logistical fees (e.g., intake / inbound / pick-up /delivery).
Location: Online & American Canyon, CA
Its “white-glove logistics” include intelligent storage, a team of experts in cellar acquisition & management, and proprietary AI software- Vincellar. Not only is this inventory management tool but also a smart brokerage account that helps manage, assess, analyze, sell & buy wine collections, as well as generates preferential intelligent wine recommendations.
Located in a state-of-the-art industrial warehouse able to withstand a category 5 hurricane, Cellar Fifty-Five offers classic and premium memberships for $35 – $400 per month with a 3-month minimum commitment.
Members have access to 200 lockers with ten different size options and walk-in cellars, and enjoy concierge services such as access to CellarTracker app, management of wine club deliveries, Sunday and late-night pickups, 24/7 private storage access, and customized cellar design.
Location: Sarasota, Florida
Cellar Fifty-Five is a boutique storage / wine club that not only stores your wine but also provides lounge space for private events.
Cellar Fifty-Five is also a wine club with an extensive network of wine specialty shops, country clubs, and other wine experts.
55 Degrees offers three flexible storage memberships: “Bulk,” “Local,” and “Platinum.” Bulk is for small, no-contract collections (1-12 bottles – $10 – $25 per locker per month; month-to-month rental); Local is a self-managed storage option for local residents (10 – 12 cases per locker; $50 per month per locker; 6-month to a 1-year contract); and Platinum is for large collections and access to white-glove club services (10-12 cases per locker, $85 per locker per month; 6-month or 1-year contract).
Some perks include the possibility to proxy-bid on local auction lots, as well as access to CellarTracker, the standard online inventory tool to track and manage collections at 55 Degrees and other personal cellars.
Location: St. Helena, California
Located in an 1889 brandy storage warehouse, 55 Degrees evokes Old World wine storage with its chicken-wire lockers, thick stonewalled cellars, and an old pub tasting room.
Membership fees range between $89 and $119 per month with no annual contract, and include a beverage locker; unlimited fingerprint-entry access to the self-policing BYOB tasting lounge, bar, and dining rooms; and private events for members and their societies such as the Cork Dorks.
Birch Road Cellar
Location: Seattle, WA & Chicago, IL
Birch Road Cellar is another example of a small-scale storage and wine club with secret locations in Seattle and Chicago.
The founders, two female wine aficionados, transformed historic buildings such as their 1901 horse stable Seattle clubhouse into a nostalgic speakeasy, where members enjoy access to Arts and Crafts-style wood lockers, a BYOB social club, and even a co-working space.
Caverna 57’s features boast biometric fingerprint scanner access, back-up smart switch IOT redundancy technology for refrigeration in case of power loss, and an app tracking the real-time psychrometric data of the cellars.
In spite of their impressive features, membership rates remain competitive and flexible, starting at $49 per month for month-to-month, 6-month, or 12-month leases. Members can mix and match various combinations of lockers (from 120 bottles to 60 cases), as well as participate in on-site events managed by Eventi, a private event-planning firm.
Caverna 57 Wine Vaults
Location: Sacramento, California
Dubbed the “underground fortress,” Caverna 57 is a state-of-the-art facility.
Horse Ridge can accommodate between a 200-bottle collection and a 2,000+ case collection, and primarily works with private collectors, investors, wine retailers, or distributors between Boston and New York City.
Its pricing model is a la carte: Storage ($1.25 – $2 per box per month); Handling ($1 per box); Inventory management / special projects ($60 per hour), and shipping ($8 – $15 per box).
Members have access to a proprietary online inventory-tracking app, short-term wine storage (e.g. disaster recovery, relocation, or overflow), and collection insurance against fire, theft, breakage, water damage, or nuclear detonations / fallout.
Horse Ridge Cellars
Don’t be fooled by its idyllic appearance. Horse Ridge Cellars is literally an impenetrable vault: a 25,000 sq. ft. 1950-era nuclear bomb shelter that is so secretive that its exact location isn’t publicly disclosed. includes underground cellars reinforced with half foot-thick concrete walls, a 12-ton vault door, and a 3-stage temperature protection system.
Located in Ferndale, just 15 minutes from the border, the facility is a spotless bunker with concrete floors and thick heavily insulated double walls, energy-efficient LED lighting and motion sensors.
Clients can store up to 100 cases in three size lockers (6 cases for $23 per month, 13 cases for $35 per month, or 26 cases for $67 per month.) Border Wine can also assist its international clientele with customs duty, taxes, and trans-border transportation.
Border Wine Storage
Location: Ferndale, Washington
Border Wine Storage is an affordable and straightforward storage option allowing Canadians to purchase and store their US wines close to their home.