Cellaring essentials

Dreaming of adding a walk-in wine cellar to your home? We talk to architects and designers to uncover the answers to your cellar-building questions.

  • How to build a home cellar

    Dreaming of adding a walk-in wine cellar to your home? We talk to architects to uncover the answers to your cellar-building questions.

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  • Cellaring basics

    Cellaring wine can be incredibly rewarding or utterly disappointing. Here’s how to nail it – or cheat if you simply want aged wines right now.

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  • From cork to screwcap: James Halliday finds closure

    James has long been vocal as a supporter of screwcap. Here he reflects on the evolution of cork and shares his thoughts on closures.

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  • Five reds worth the wait

    The best Aussie reds are built to last the distance. To kick off our cellaring focus, we’ve chosen five top drops worth putting down.

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  • Top cellaring options from near and far

    Jane Parkinson provides international options for the cellar, while we share comparable local styles from the latest tasting notes online.

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  • Wine investment

    Wine investment is a funny beast, as it tends to inflame passions. It can make your ears prick up at the thought of diversifying your current investment portfolio with a sneaky few glasses of top-shelf wine along the way. Or if you are a purist, the very thought that wine can be considered in such a way may repulse you. Whatever the path, the best piece of advice is simple: research is the key to any success.

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  • How to buy wine at auction

    Buying wine at auction can be a lot of fun and the source of great drinking experiences. Before you dip your toe in the waters, here are some things you should know.

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  • How to choose a birth-year wine

    Tyson Stelzer is often asked for advice on buying birth-year wines, either for a newborn to crack on a milestone birthday in the distant future or, more importantly, for you to drink to celebrate their coming of age. It’s a great gesture when you get it right, but could prove a costly error if you get it wrong. Here are 10 tips to improve your chances.

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  • 21 keys to cellaring

    Cellaring is a maze in which a lot of money can be lost – unnecessarily. Here are 21 essential things that wine writer Campbell Mattinson has learned about cellaring.

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  • Cool, calm & collected

    Campbell Mattinson opens the door to his home cellar and reveals a space of gradual, graceful development.

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  • Industry insights

    Four industry heavyweights reveal the most treasured bottles in their collections and share the names and wine styles to start stockpiling now.

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  • Why cellar wine?

    Cellaring is an incredibly personal thing that is about so much more than wine. Here, several committed wine collectors share their thoughts on this consuming pursuit.

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  • James Halliday's top 10 Grange

    "The 10 vintages of Penfolds Grange that follow are my personal favourites," says James. "In reading my notes, it is vital to remember the old English wine trade saying, “There are no great old wines, only great old bottles.” 

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  • Collectible cabernet

    Cabernet is a cellaring classic with excellent ageing ability. Inspired by our latest issue of Halliday magazine, these 12 cabernets and blends all come with a score of 95 points or more, and will be well worth the wait if you want to put them down.

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  • How to use the Virtual Cellar

    You've followed the tips, you're acquiring some great wines and your collection is stacking up. How do you keep it in order? Read on to learn about the benefits of the Wine Companion Virtual Cellar. 

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  • Sell your wine at auction

    You have a stack of wine and you’re wondering, should I sell some? Are my wines worth anything? How should I go about it? Never fear, because we have the answers here.

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  • My Cellar: The Foodies

    Read about the favourite food and wine matches and most memorable meals of top chefs and restaurateurs, including Heston Blumenthal, Alla Wolf-Tasker and Lyndey Milan.

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  • My Cellar: The Sports Stars

    Australian sports stars and leading commentators, including cricketing greats Glenn McGrath and Mark Taylor, Collingwood president Eddie McGuire, and rugby captain Stephen Moore, share their favourite wine memories. 

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  • My Cellar: The Arts

    Actors Sam Neill and Dan Aykroyd, along with film director Fred Schepisi, talk all things wine, from favourite varietals to the synergy between winemaking and the arts.

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  • My Cellar Wine Enthusiasts

    Passionate wine enthusiasts and avid collectors reveal their favourite varietals and most memorable moments.

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  • Cellaring beer: worth the wait

    Cellaring isn’t just for wine lovers anymore. With certain beer styles, careful ageing can improve what’s in the bottle, or at least change its character and nuances in pleasant and interesting ways.

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