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A wine cellar can be any dedicated space that stores wine. It could be a separate room in the basement, under a stairway, even a back hall closet. When used with a wine cooling system and the appropriate racking, a wine cellar can safely store your wine, in optimal conditions, for long-term aging and investment protection.

About me

"I come from a line of master craftsmen. I enjoyed watching the transformation from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. I am always curious – looking for new design ideas, materials and applications."

I come from a line of master craftsmen. As an avid follower of “This Old House”, I enjoyed watching the transformation from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan. I am always curious – looking for new design ideas, materials and applications. I still follow many home improvement shows today.

Throughout the years I have never been afraid to tackle any home improvement project around the house; from a kitchen backsplash, a complete basement remodel, building decks, and even new bathroom showers.

My love of fine wine, great food and entertainment led me to remodel the basement of my house with a family room, wine storage area, bar and game room. The project was such a success that a friend of mine asked me to build him a “real wine cellar”. Smithling Cellars was born and the Mora Wine Cellar was designed and built.

Through the years my own wine collection has continued to grow - larger than my storage capability, I decided after finishing our second project, the Worden Cellar, to design and build my own cellar. One that reflected my love of wine, great craftsmanship and a show piece for my prospective clients. In 2017 I converted my game room into the Smithing Wine cellar where we entertain friends, and show prospective clients the possibilities.

Why choose Smithling Cellars?

I have an engineering background, a craftsman's attention to detail and experience that gives me the ability to visualize the end-product from start to finish. I can conceptualize in 3D and design very quickly and use the latest 3D software so you can “see” the cellar during the design phase – to get everything just right – before we build. The use of 3D technology really helps you visualize your dream wine cellar.

Why to build a wine cellar?

  • Temperature

    Heat is wine’s #1 enemy. An ideal temperature for wine storage is 55°F to 57°F.

  • Humidity

    Maintaining a relative humidity helps keep the cork intact. Without ideal humidity, wine quality may be very affected.

  • Light

    Direct sunlight and incandescent lights can adversely react with phenolic compounds in wine and create potential wine problems.

  • Vibration

    Vibrations of different frequencies have been shown to have their own distinct effect on the chemistry of the wine.

  • Aging wines

    Aging means that you store wine in a cool, dark place for several years, allowing the wine to improve as it sits in the bottle.

  • Organization

    Organizing wines is knowing exactly what wines you own, where they are stored, when to drink the wines and the value of your collection.

  • Pleasure

    Wine cellars easily become a showcase for dinner parties, where everyone can join in selecting wines and opening the first bottle of the night.


Smithling Cellars

Eastwood Plaza

3513 James Street

Syracuse, NY 13206

Contact Us

Alan Smithling

(315) 436-0474