Signature Wine Cellars has the inside track when it comes to luxury custom wine cellars.
Custom wine cellar made of Brazilian Mahogany in Bridgehampton
After working in the wine industry for some time, Adam Soto and Stephanie Veghte decided to try their hand at offering local clients full service wine cellar design and contruction. After ten years and some 150 custom-built cellars, Signature Wine Cellars is one of the premier wine cellar companies in the area. We asked Adam a few questions about trends and the industry, here is what he had to say:
What do you like most about what you do?
Our clients are very passionate about their wine collection, it's really rewarding to build a space to properly house their investment in fine wine. I love to see the look on their faces when we present the final product since the initial concept usually starts from an idea or rough sketch.
What type of trends have you been seeing?
The trend is moving away from the traditional Old World or Tuscan looks (i.e., wine barrels/grapevines, rustic flooring, distressed racking material, etc.). We've been seeing a lot of requests for more modern wine cellars.
Our clients are younger these days, moving to Fairfield and Westchester counties from NYC and want a more contemporary feel to their wine cellar. We've been incorporating more glass into the entry way, sleeker finishes on the racking material, along with grey and dark Espresso finishes for the cabinets.
We're also incorporating more green building products into our spaces; soy based insulation, LED lighting (general task and accent lighting), sustainable lumber for the cabinets, and low VOC paints and primers.
Are there any new storage components that have recently come on the market?
We have been working with a manufacturer in South Carolina on a new contemporary racking system that can be built using steel rods and various bottle supports.
Tell us about one of your most high-end custom cellars…
One of the most spectacular wine cellars we have built was in Bridgehampton. We incorporated a 20,000 cigar walk-in humidor. The space was completely temperature and humidity controlled. We built both spaces out of Brazilian Mahogany with a dark ebony finish.
Is it possible to create a temperature controlled environment in a coastal home without a typical lower level?
We are building quite a number of wine rooms in living areas off of the dining room or kitchen. We have also built a few smaller "service" wine cellars on the main living area and a larger long-term storage cellar in the lower level.
How long does a typical project take?
The entire process takes approximately eight to ten weeks from initial consultation to final installation.
Does Signature Wine Cellars do all the work from concept through completion or do you contract some of it out?
Signature Wine Cellars handles every aspect of the project, framing the space, insulation, electrical, etc. We only install one wine cellar at a time in order to offer our clients the most personalized service.