Wine Walls That Wow

Restaurant-inspired wine walls are bringing collections into dining rooms and kitchens.

Contemporary Dining Room with Wine Wall

Contemporary Dining Room with Wine Wall

A contemporary dining room in Atlanta has a wine wall designed by Robert Tretsch with Atlanta’s Harrison Design and inspired by the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

Photo by: The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

Wine collections are the newest centerpieces in high-design residential dining rooms and kitchens. Restaurant-style displays and custom shelves are adding architectural oomph to wine enthusiasts’ living spaces—sommelier not required.

Wine is moving from out of sight to being seen and appreciated as part of the overall interior design, says Robert Tretsch with Atlanta’s Harrison Design. The Bellagio in Las Vegas inspired an extensive wine wall encased behind glass and steel doors in a contemporary condo’s dining room that he designed in Atlanta.

“I wanted it to be the backdrop of the dining room,” Tretsch says.

The floor-to-ceiling metal racks hold more than 600 bottles, giving another graphic element to the modern space. The freestanding racks, which have a cooling system, allow people to see the length of the bottle and the full label, compared to slipping bottles into a rack and having the tail end show. For extra drama, he used a Bianco Carrara marble behind the racks.

Contemporary Dining Room with Metal Wine Rack

Contemporary Dining Room with Metal Wine Rack

The Bellagio in Las Vegas inspired an extensive wine wall encased behind glass and steel doors designed by Robert Tretsch with Atlanta’s Harrison Design in a contemporary condo.

Photo by: The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

The wall spans 13.5 feet, taking up the width and height of the room, but Tretsch says the look could be done on a smaller scale, such as one or two racks and a glass door.

“You can liven up a particularly dead wall in a living space,” he says. “The marble could be replaced with a pop of color behind the bottles.”

Modern Wine Room with Custom Doors and Artwork

Modern Wine Room with Custom Doors and Artwork

An underused butler’s pantry now serves as an elegant wine closet and entertaining focal point. The custom glass doors with metal frames match the windows of the house. Three walls hold wine, accented by a piece of artwork commissioned by MOSAIC Group. The wood countertops are faux-finished to look like concrete countertops elsewhere in the home.

Photo by: Gregory Willett

Gregory Willett

An underused butler’s pantry now serves as an elegant wine closet and entertaining focal point. The custom glass doors with metal frames match the windows of the house. Three walls hold wine, accented by a piece of artwork commissioned by the Atlanta-based  MOSAIC Group. The wood countertops are faux-finished to look like concrete countertops elsewhere in the home. LED lights help the temperature remain cool in the room, which won a Contractor of the Year award from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry/NARI Atlanta.

Here’s how other designers have turned spaces into at-home wine tasting rooms.

Rustic Wine Cavern with Custom Mahogany Wine Racks and Chandelier

Rustic Wine Cavern with Custom Mahogany Wine Racks and Chandelier

Custom mahogany wine racks lend a warmth to a wine cavern designed by Norman Askins and built by Cruickshank Remodeling. The racks fit underneath a barrel-vault ceiling with stone accents.

Photo by: Cruickshank Remodeling

Cruickshank Remodeling

Custom mahogany wine racks lend a warmth to a wine cavern designed by Norman Askins and built by Cruickshank Remodeling. The racks fit underneath a barrel-vault ceiling with stone accents.

“One of the more unique things we did was to use printed panels off wine cases for the wall and ceiling treatment,” says remodeler Bradley B. Cruickshank.

Guests can sample and sip at a glass-topped barrel table on pegged oak floors. The hand-forged wrought iron chandeliers and sconces give the room an Old World bent.

Wine Room at Home with Industrial Stainless Steel Shelving

Wine Room at Home with Industrial Stainless Steel Shelving

The walls of stainless steel shelves organize the homeowner’s wine collection, while the bottles and Asian art bring color to the clever space.

Photo by: Druid Hills Neighborhood Association

Druid Hills Neighborhood Association

This isn’t a wine shop, but one part of a renovated 1918 home in Atlanta. The walls of stainless steel shelves organize the homeowner’s collection, while the bottles and Asian art bring color to the expansive space.

Rustic Wood Wine Bar with Clear Goblets and Tumblers on Shelves

Rustic Wood Wine Bar with Clear Goblets and Tumblers on Shelves

A trio of rustic reclaimed wood shelves fit into a gorgeous wine bar n the great room of the 2017 Design House, a fundraiser for the Historic Macon Foundation in Georgia. Designer Sally Draughon displayed glass goblets and tumblers with a bottle ready for entertaining with ease.

Photo by: Matt Odom Photography

Matt Odom Photography

A trio of rustic reclaimed wood shelves fit into a gorgeous wine niche in the great room of the 2017 Design House, a fundraiser for the Historic Macon Foundation in Georgia. Designer Sally Draughon displayed glass goblets and tumblers with a bottle ready for entertaining with ease.

Wine Room with Rich Wood Custom Shelving and Recessed Lighting

Wine Room with Rich Wood Custom Shelving and Recessed Lighting

A wine room by MOSAIC Group includes custom wood shelves and recessed lighting in the stained beadboard ceiling,

Photo by: MOSAIC Group

MOSAIC Group

This wine room by MOSAIC Group displays a collection worthy of coveting. The rich custom wood shelves continue around the room, designed to display various sized bottles. With recessed lighting in the stained beadboard ceiling, the room is another way of indulging in a passion for wine.

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