If you have more than a passing interest in wine, you probably already know that it needs to be stored properly to preserve its flavor.
That’s what wine racks are for.
Designed to hold your precious vino in a horizontal position to keep the corks damp so they won’t dry out, wine racks come in a wide variety of sizes, configurations, and materials.
Most households only need a rack that holds from six to about 24 bottles, depending upon how much you imbibe and like to keep on hand. More serious collectors will also have more serious storage solutions: think wine cellars and built-in coolers.
A small, freestanding wine cooler is also a nice alternative to a storage rack, although it costs more, and you need to be sure you have the right space for it.
In this roundup, we’ll look at the three most common types of wine racks – countertop racks, wall-mounted racks, and freestanding racks – and recommend a couple of good choices in each category.
We’ll also keep in mind that these storage options are usually positioned right out where everyone can see them, so trust us, these choices will be as pleasing to the eye as the wine is to the palate.
Here’s what we’ll be covering in this review:
The Best Wine Rack Storage Solutions
- Types of Wine Racks
- The Best Countertop Versions
- The Best Wall-Mounted Options
- The Best Freestanding Models
- Storage Tips
Keep reading to find the perfect storage and display option for your home.
Types of Wine Racks
There are three basic types of wine racks: countertop, wall-mounted, and freestanding.
Within these categories, there’s a nearly infinite variety available made from a variety of different materials, although wood and metal are the most common.
No one particular material is preferred over another; what’s most important is that the rack will accommodate the quantity that you want to store, and that it fits your available space.
One caveat: most wine racks will only hold standard, 750-milliliter bottles. They will not hold anything larger, or accommodate most champagne bottles, though there are some exceptions. We’ve included a few below.
Here are our recommendations for the best wine racks in each category:
The Best Countertop Versions
Let’s start with the smallest models first. These are a nice addition to any kitchen, even if you only drink the occasional glass of wine at dinner.
iDesign Stackable Tabletop 3-Bottle
If you just want to keep a few bottles handy, or would like to store some vino in your pantry or fridge horizontally without it rolling around, the iDesign stackable 3-bottle rack is a good choice.
Made of clear plastic, it’s designed to hold three side by side. At 4.63 by 12.5 by 8.63 inches, it does so without taking up a lot of space.
iDesign Stackable Tabletop 3-Bottle Holder, available on Wayfair
Aesthetically, it’s pretty simple: it’s not a work of art by any means, but it also won’t detract negatively from most decorating schemes. It’s just an unassuming plastic cradle.
Users say it feels sturdy and they like it as an organizational solution for storing wine, soda, or even water.
Buy extra units and you can stack them to hold even more.
Mercer41 Everaldo 6-Bottle Tabletop
A six-pack seems like a good amount to keep around for all but the most occasional wine drinker, and this rack from Mercer41 offers an attractive way to display it.
Mercer41 Everaldo 6-Bottle Tabletop Holder, available on Wayfair
It’s made of wrought iron with a gold finish, and its space-saving design resembles a honeycomb. Each six-sided section offers geometric interest, and the pyramid shape of the arrangement is sure to be a welcome addition to your decor.
It measures 9.6 by 9.6 by 7.5 inches, and holds both standard 750-milliliter and larger 1.5-liter bottles.
Sorbus 3-Tier Stackable
Sorbus makes a wide variety of wine racks, and this stackable rack, which holds up to 12 bottles, is one of their most popular. It holds four per tier, and you can add or remove the tiers as needed.
It’s made from metal and comes in three finishes – silver, gold, and copper. The inserts are circular and hold everything securely.
Sorbus 3-Tier Stackable Rack, available on Amazon
Users say it’s a great value for the price, and looks elegant on a bar or table.
It measures 15.5 by 6.5 by 2.75 inches.
J. K. Adams Ash Wood 12-Bottle
I have to be honest: to me, this wine rack from J. K. Adams looks a bit like it’s made from a set of Lincoln Logs. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that…
However, it’s also one of the most versatile, sturdy countertop options around.
J. K. Adams Ash Wood 12-Bottle, available on Amazon
You can start with the smaller rack and add on, or just start with the larger set and add on by buying additional building sets as necessary.
What’s really unique about this wooden rack is that you can build it in almost any configuration. If you have a narrow space, build up rather than out. Want to put it in a corner, a closet, or under a stacked cupboard? It can be built with “steps” to fit under uneven surfaces.
Each of the square storage slots is four inches in diameter, so in addition to the standard 750-milliliter option, it can hold larger bottles as well. The total dimensions of the unit will depend upon your selected configuration.
Assembly is required, and you’ll need a soft rubber hammer to put it together, but most say it’s very easy and results in a sturdy, stable unit.
J. K. Adams racks come in natural ash, gray ash with black pins, and oak with black pins. The natural ash can be stained or left as is.
The Best Wall-Mounted Options
The great thing about wall-mounted wine racks is that they take up absolutely zero counter or floor space. That makes them a good option if you’re space-challenged.
They can also function as wall art.
Like countertop versions, these are meant to hold smaller quantities of wine – trying to pack too many bottles on would simply make them too heavy for safe mounting. However, we saw several comments from people who bought multiples of these racks to create “wine walls.”
One other thing we noticed: Many people use these as towel racks too, and some are even sold as combination wine/towel racks. Keep that in mind if you’re seeking a unique way to hold your clean towels for display in addition to your bottled beverages.
Brashears 4-Bottle Wall Mounted
This attractive hanging wine rack is made of metal with a distressed brown finish. Each arch for holding the bottles (or towels) features a pretty cut-out shape.
Brashears 4-Bottle Wall Mounted Rack, available from Wayfair
Owners say this wall mounted four-bottle option from Brashears is perfect for a smaller space, or to complete the decor of a bar area. Some say they bought two, so they could mount one on either side of a larger, central decorative piece for a symmetrical look that doubles their storage space.
Its total dimensions are 28 by 8 by 5 inches, and it does not include mounting hardware.
Mango Steam Wall-Mounted with Shelf and Stemware Glass Holder
There are a few wall-mounted models that will also hold stemware or other types of glasses, but most of these also require upright storage, which can dry out the corks.
However, this black metal wine rack from Mango Steam holds five bottles horizontally, as well as six stemmed glasses underneath. A shelf tops it off, so you can store stemless glasses or other barware as well.
Mango Steam Wall-Mounted with Shelf and Stemware Glass Holder, available on Amazon
Owners describe it as “classy looking” and say it’s easy to install. It includes mounting hardware and an installation template.
Its total dimensions are 17 by 10 by 9 inches, but you’ll need to allow enough clearance at the bottom for your stemware to hang down.
Sorbus Wall-Mounted Wine/Towel
I mentioned earlier that a lot of people use these hanging racks for storing towels – this one even has that suggested usage in its name.
This Sorbus wine rack holds six bottles horizontally (or rolled towels, of course) in a sturdy, attractive wrought iron holder.
It’s supposed to include mounting hardware, but we saw a couple of comments that it was not included, or that the customer got only one screw instead of three. Be sure to check the packaging for all necessary parts upon receipt.
Sorbus Wall-Mounted Wine/Towel Rack, available on Amazon
It’s longer rather than wide: 43 by 6 by 7 inches. A few owners say it was longer than they expected, so be sure to measure your available space before you place your order if you think this is the best pick for you.
True 9-Bottle Wall Mounted
This nine-bottle wine holder from True has a unique design. Instead of a curved cradle to hold the bottles, it has a flat, open, rectangular base for each one.
This gives it a modern, minimalist appearance that reviewers really appreciate.
True 9-Bottle Wall Mounted, available on Amazon
Owners say it holds their vino securely and is easy to hang. It’s made from black wrought iron and includes mounting hardware. And it measures 4 by 10 by 38 inches.
The Best Freestanding Models
The advantage of a freestanding rack is that you can generally store more in it than you can with other types because the floor supports the unit.
These also have small tabletops that you can use to display a few attractive glasses, store your corkscrews or aerators, or use as a serving area.
Some even offer storage for your glassware.
Like the other types we’ve looked at, freestanding floor models come in a variety of styles, colors and finishes, so it’s easy to find the right fit for your decor.
Winsome Wood Vinny Storage Unit
This Winsome Vinny storage unit is an attractive, versatile way to store up to 24 bottles of wine.
It also has slots above the storage area for up to 24 stemmed glasses, however, Winsome notes that those must be “slim” glasses.
If you plan to store something wider, say for red wine, holding 12 is probably more realistic.
The Winsome Vinny is made from solid wood, and owners say it feels very sturdy and stable. Two finishes are available, and you may select espresso or natural.
Winsome Wood Vinny Storage Unit, available on Amazon
The unit is designed with larger slots in the back slats to support the bottom of each bottle, and smaller notches in the front to securely hold the necks. This keeps them from slipping out if the unit is bumped.
Its minimalist design is unobtrusive, leaving the focus on the contents, not the cabinet. That’s a plus if you don’t want it to clash with your current decor.
Its dimensions are 31.5 by 16.2 by 35.6 inches.
If you’d prefer even more storage, the Winsome Wood Napa Wine Rack is a similar option that holds 28 bottles.
With a natural finish, it’s designed vertically so it doesn’t take up a lot of floor space, and its total dimensions are 18.5 by 10 by 37 inches.
Both of these racks require some assembly, but even owners who admit they’re not particularly handy say that it’s simple and straightforward to put together.
Mango Steam 32-Bottle with Glass Table Top
If you love the look of your favorite bistro, you’ll appreciate this freestanding rack from Mango Steam. It features 32 storage slots, with a style that you might find in an upscale French or Italian restaurant.
It’s constructed of steel, with a black tempered glass top. The individual slots are diamond shaped and slightly forward-slanted to ensure that the corks don’t dry out.
Mango Steam 32-Bottle with Glass Table Top Rack, available on Amazon
The glass top is a nice touch for decorative items, barware, or for setting out an open bottle or two at a party for people to serve themselves.
It comes in black and pewter and measures 26.75 by 21 by 9 inches. Assembly is required but owners say it’s easy to do. Each foot can be leveled individually for stability.
This also comes in a 23-bottle version that measures 26.75 by 16 by 9 inches.
Union Rustic Orion Bar Cabinet
For a storage option that looks more like a piece of furniture, the Union Rustic Orion Bar Cabinet is a good choice.
Doubling as a cabinet to store your stemware and glasses, it holds up to eight bottles in an open storage area on the right of the cabinet, in square slots.
On the left, two doors open to reveal a cupboard with two shelves and hanging racks to store your barware. The top can also be used as a place to display decorative items or serve your guests.
Union Rustic Orion Bar Cabinet, available on Wayfair
This storage unit is made from high-grade MDF manufactured wood and laminate, and the legs are powder-coated steel. It is available in four finishes: teak, dark walnut, slate gray, and reclaimed barnwood. Its dimensions are 34 by 16 by 36 inches.
The cabinet does need to be assembled, and this will require a wrench and a screwdriver. Working with a helper to put it together is recommended.
Unlike most beverages, wine doesn’t keep well unless it’s stored properly.
To begin with, your bottles should always be stored horizontally so the corks stay wet. That keeps them from drying out and potentially ruining the wine, or resulting in a shredded cork. Of course, that’s not a consideration if you primarily buy screw-top bottles, which are becoming more common.
Light and temperature are important too. Keeping wine in a room that’s too cold or hot, or – the horror! – leaving it where it can be hit by direct sunlight is a sure way to ruin the flavor.
The best location for storage is a cool – not cold – and dim area of your home. Experts say that temperatures between 45 and 65 degrees are ideal.
That doesn’t mean you have to hide your vino in the basement or a dark closet though. Before shopping for your storage rack, just take a look around your living area to find the best spot.
A wall or corner of your kitchen or dining room, or a spot on your counter that doesn’t get direct sun, are good choices for any type of rack. Do be careful if you cook a lot, though. If your kitchen regularly heats up above 70 degrees, that can affect the flavor of the wine.
Keep in mind that most of these guidelines are for long-term storage – think weeks to years. If you’re buying a crisp white on Wednesday to drink with dinner on Friday, it doesn’t really matter where it’s kept for that short period of time. But do keep it out of the direct sun, regardless.
Properly Storing Your Wine Will Keep It Fine
As you can see, the options for storing your wine are as endless as the varieties of vino available. It doesn’t matter if it’s red, white, or bubbly, keeping it properly stowed will prolong its life and preserve its flavor.
A storage rack also can transform your stored reds, whites, and rosés into art, enhancing your enjoyment before you even take that first sip.
Did you find your perfect pick on our list? What features do you look for when it comes to the best storage options? Leave us a comment below!
Next up, read more about enjoying wine at home, starting with these articles:
- How to Pick the Best Merlot for Any Budget
- Your Seven-Step Guide to Finding the Best Wine
- Tips for Planning a Wine Party
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About Kelly Burgess
Kelly Burgess is a product review specialist who loves food, kitchen gadgets, gardening, and writing. She was born and raised in Southern California, raised her kids in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Spokane, Washington with her husband and three cats. When she’s not cooking, eating or writing, Kelly likes to read, hang out with friends, hike, and explore the great Northwest.