About Our Wine Cellar Materials
Operating as a custom wine cellar design and build firm for nearly twenty years, Genuwine Cellars has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s finest construction materials.
From exotic wood species to specialty architectural products to designer metallurgy, Genuwine Cellars has amassed a diverse library from which to design the world’s most unique and well-built wine cellars.
Premium and Exotic Wood Species
Our premium and exotic wood species have all been selected based on their aesthetic virtues as well as their capacity to withstand actual wine cellar conditions. We have discovered several optimal hardwood species, and are continually searching for new and more sustainable wood sources. Some of these wood species include:
Mahogany is an excellent hardwood, exhibiting several properties making it favorable for wine cellaring. Our directly-sourced Mahogany is a tropical hardwood, mostly reddish-brown in color with a straight grain. When lacquered, this wood takes on a decidedly handsome appearance.
Its legendary durability has made it a favorite with woodworkers and cabinetmakers for centuries, and we are proud to carry on the tradition.
Prized for its exotic and beautiful figuring and rich dark color, Cambara Mahogany has been a mainstay among upscale cabinetmakers since the 18th century. This wood species highly grained and very durable.
Genuwine Cellars directly sources its Cambara from sustainable communities intimately involved in the timber industry.
Cherry is a premium hardwood valued for its warm richness and attractive grain. It is a very dense wood, making it popular with furniture makers and collectors alike.
‘Clear Cherry’ utilizes sapwood, which results in a distinctive contrast in tones.
‘All-Heart Cherry’ uses no sapwood, and consequently exhibits a consistent reddish tone throughout.
Walnut originates from the walnut tree (that bears the fruit (nut) by the same name). It is an extremely hard wood, with a stately brown color that is accentuated by the outline of the tree’s growth rings. Walnut is heavy, resilient and very resistant to warping and shrinkage. Custom wine cellars employing this wood species are, in a word, majestic.
‘Clear Walnut’ utilizes sapwood, which results in a distinctive contrast in tones.
‘All-Heart Walnut’ uses no sapwood, and consequently exhibits a consistent brown tone throughout.
Sapele is a reddish brown hardwood that shares many of the same ideal wine cellaring properties held by our standard Mahogany. It has a highly attractive wood grain, and is the wood species of choice for many interior wood trims employed by luxury automobile makers.
Oak is a North American hardwood renowned for its strength, and in the case of White Oak, also for its attractive figuring (the wood grain exhibits a striking “ray flake” pattern). Oak is resilient, ultra-dense and a longstanding favorite among furniture makers.
Maple is extremely dense and durable, making it the wood of choice for archery bows, pool cues and butcher blocks. Maple’s decorative wood grain, coupled with its stunning whitish-yellow hues, set it apart as a luxurious wood species.
Alder is a variety of hardwood widely used in cabinetry and furniture-making. Its irregular grain and ‘rustic’ features, like its wood knots, can work well in the appropriate design.
Redwood has been the industry standard in wine cellar construction for over thirty years, with roots to California and old world Tuscan wine cellars.
While Genuwine Cellars is respectful of tradition, we are also a proponent of evolution. We recommend to all of our clients interested in Redwood to consider the use of a hardwood species in favor of this softer wood, which can quickly exhibit wear and tear under normal cellar conditions.
Wenge is an exotic hardwood, prized for its intense dark brown color and dramatic wood graining that often gives the impression that its surface has been clawed by a jungle animal. It has a very coarse texture, which not only adds depth, but also affects how the light plays on its surface.
Padouk is an exotic African hardwood, highly sought after for its vivid blood red color. Its texture is coarse and the intensity of its red tints, especially when applied with a lacquer finish, is unforgettable.
Premium Wood Finishes
When wood finishes are applied within a sealed environment—like a wine cellar—careful consideration must be paid to the composition and properties of the finishes in order to avoid sealing in unwanted and noxious odors.
Over time, Genuwine Cellars has researched and developed a number of inert stains, lacquers and custom finishes that are all wine-cellar friendly.
Lacquer (Clearcoat) Finish
Our lacquering process is subject to meticulous standards that include multiple stages of fine hand-sanding and a minimum of two coats of lacquer with gloss levels tailored to preference. Please see above wood samples for examples of lacquer finish.
Stain (and Lacquer) Finish
Genuwine Cellars offers several standard stain color options. Stains can be applied via spray stain or via hand-wiping stain.
Custom stain matching is available for clients wishing to match their wine cellar to their existing millwork.
The distressing process involves carefully sandblasting the wood species of your choice to create highly textured surfaces that emit a strong organic feel.
Beaten and Burned
An array of assorted afflictions is unleashed upon your wood species of choice. A unique, highly custom finish to elevate an Old World wine cellar.
A glossy white lacquer finish exudes modernity. Gloss levels tailored to preference.
Premium Metal Finishes
Metal Pegs / Links
The metal pegs in our PEG System are comprised of solid stainless rods polished to a #180 finish with a chamfered end. Increased polishing and powder coating options available.
Genuwine Cellars’ Label Links are machined in aluminum, and are available in a standard brushed finish with powder-coating options available.
We have access to hundreds of highly custom real wood and metal (aluminum) veneers ranging from burled wood to standard brushed steel to chemically dyed and textured patterns. We have provided a small sampling here:
Custom Glazier Work
Glass Wall and Door Systems
Genuwine Cellars specializes in glass-enclosed wine cellars, both residential and commercial.
To avoid the common pitfalls associated with these types of glass-enclosed rooms, namely condensation and temperature fluctuation, we have developed a process by which we outfit your space to its exact dimensions, employing extremely demanding tolerances that most glaziers will not work with.
Glass Shelves/Glass Countertops/Glass Panels
Any number of glass options may be integrated into a wine cellar, from floating glass shelves to glass countertops to textured glass wall panels.
Sealed (Window) Units
Our thermal-insulated sealed window units provide a better insulation option for transparency than pure (tempered) glass.
From thermo-formed artisanal glass to ultraviolet-light protection to low iron ultra-clear lites to digital painting on glass options, we have a near limitless selection of custom glazier choices for your wine cellar.
Custom Stonework and Marble
Many custom wine cellars and wine rooms integrate stone and marble into their aesthetic. Countertops, tasting displays, wall cladding, pillars and archways are available in stone or marble. Custom bottle displays carved in stonework/marble are also available.
Specialty Stone Veneers
Real stone veneers, extracted by an ingenious process developed in Europe, offer stunning design options.
Specialty, Architectural-Grade Materials
From high grade Swedish leather to alligator skin-embossed clay to highest-end resin light panels, Genuwine’s material library runs deep and is a testament to our commitment to continually push the boundaries of custom wine cellar design.
LED Accent Lighting
Genuwine only works with wine-cellar friendly, low-heat, non-U/V-emitting LEDs.
Specialty Light Fixtures
Genuwine’s designers consider every element of a wine cellar, including flooring, paint color, and of course feature lighting. Genuwine can specified and/or supply every material for your room.