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The Best Racks for Your Wine Collection

Three bottles of wine with blank labels in a stylish wine rack on a kitchen or bar counter alongside a sink
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A wine rack is any set of shelves or brackets or a stand or frame dedicated to the organization and storage of wine bottles. Most people don’t have a wine cellar in their home or basement space to dedicate just to wine alone, after all. You don’t want to leave them sitting on the floor or your countertops. And since full-sized wine bottles are decently large and bulky objects, they can take up a lot of extra space in the refrigerator. Wine racks offer a handy and stylish alternative to both of these problems. They also provide security and safety for your wine bottles. If your kitchen, dining room, or cellar doesn’t have a lot of extra room to spare, many models are designed to be compact and space-efficient for rooms and countertops alike. Thus if you own more than a bottle or two of wine, a wine rack is a worthwhile investment for your home. Here are a few we recommend.

What to Consider in Wine Racks

Here are a few things to think about before buying a wine rack:

  • Size: The amount of wine bottles you own is going to be the most important factor in picking a home wine rack. There are many options in terms of size, ranging from racks that hold half a dozen wine bottles to models that can support 100 or more at once. Also consider where you plan to keep your wine rack and the amount of space available. Wine racks can be small and compact enough to sit on countertops or as large as bookcases or dressers. Even if you opt for a space-saving wall-mounted option, make sure you have enough room on your walls to fit your new wine rack.
  • Type: There are quite a few different types of wine racks available on the market, each available in a range of sizes and styles. Floor-standing, tabletop, wall-mounted, and cabinet wine racks are all common options. Floor-standing models are common, sturdy, and easy to move around if you ever redecorate, and many hold a large number of bottles. They can come in the form of shelves, carts, cabinets, stands, frames, or racks. Tabletop wine racks will hold fewer bottles, but they’re extremely convenient, compact, easy to place, and great for display purposes. Wall-mounted options save you floor and counter space, come in a wide range of different styles, and are also great for displaying your collection. Some models, regardless of type, are stackable or modular so that you can add to, adjust, or expand your wine rack as your wine collection grows or changes.
  • Material: Since wine bottles can be heavy when full and you’ll have more than one on your rack at a time, sturdiness and strength are key components in your wine rack’s material. Woods and metals are most common as they’re durable, stable, and offer a range of design options. Wood is particularly workable into various shapes, carvings, and patterns, while metals may present a more modern, flowing look. If you opt for wood, look for solid hardwoods like oak, fir, pine, cherry, and mahogany. Bamboo is also a good option. If you decide to go for the extra strength of metal, try to find one that is both strong and anti-rust and anti-corrosion, like stainless steel or wrought iron.

Best Countertop: Oceanstar Bamboo Wine Rack

standing countertop wooden wine rack with four tiers and three slots on each tier

Make the most out of your available countertop space with this tabletop wine rack. The compact 15.75-by-5.75-by-11.75-inch rack will take up minimal space while still being able to hold up to 12 bottles of wine at once. Since the bottles are stored horizontally in this rack, this minimizes unwanted air contact. The solid bamboo frame can support multiple times its weight, and the dark espresso-colored finish and curved lines will complement a wide variety of interior designs and countertops. The slanted, upward panels also help prevent the rack from tipping over. Some minimal, hassle-free assembly is required.

Best Countertop

Oceanstar 12-Bottle Bamboo Wine Rack, Dark Espresso

A countertop wine rack that holds up to 12 bottles while taking up minimal space.

Best Wall Mount: Wall-Mounted Wine Rack by Trivetrunner-Anna Stay

Wall-mounted wine racks are a great way to utilize space that can’t otherwise be used for storage, and this model comes with bonus wine glass storage and wine charms for entertaining. You can even store your wine corks in the base tray if you’re someone who collects them. The rack allows you to line up a maximum of five standard-sized bottles of wine and has four slots to store your wine glasses upside down underneath the cork tray. The heavy-duty metal frame is sturdy and has a black finish for a sleeker look. You also receive six wine charms that attach to the stem, each with a different word inscribed upon it so that your guests won’t get their wine glasses mixed up during parties. This wall-mounted wine rack will look great in your kitchen, dining room, or evening living room.

Best Wall Mount

Best Floor-Standing: PAG 23 Arched Free-Standing Metal Wine Rack

You’ll love the sturdiness and convenience of this floor-standing wine rack. Made of high-quality metal, the powder-coated finish increases its durability by ensuring it is anti-oxidation for longer service life. You won’t have to worry about it wobbling, tilting, or falling over. The four footpads provide even greater stability and balance. It’s 12.6 inches wide by 7.2 inches deep by 32.68 inches high to provide the room to hold up to 23 standard-sized wine bottles stored horizontally. The handle on the top of the rack allows you to pick it up and move it at will for maximum portability, especially since it weighs under 6 pounds when empty. Its curved archway design will look great no matter which room in the house you plan to display it. To clean this rack, simply wipe it down with a dry cloth or hand wash it with warm soapy water and then dry it with a cloth. Installation only requires you to insert ten screws to fix the five connected iron rods.

Best Floor-Standing

PAG 23 Bottles Arched Freestanding Floor Metal Wine Rack Wine Bottle Holders Stands, Black

A floor-standing, high-capacity wine rack that provides easy, direct access to your bottles.

Best Extra-Large: DisplayGifts Stackable Wooden Wine Holder Shelves

If you have a large wine collection, this freestanding modular wine rack will provide you with all the space you need. It’s available in three different sizes, with slots for 72, 96, or 144 bottles of wine. They’re most effective for Cabernet or Merlot bottles; to fit Pinot Noir, make sure you separate each with one of the former bottles. This rack is comprised of stackable shelves interlocked with dowel pins (included with your purchase) for extra safety and sturdiness. The shelves are made of thick pinewood, which is completely natural, so it has minimal knots for a more attractive look. Assembly should be quick. Choose between the natural pinewood color or sleek black.

Best Extra-Large

Stackable Modular Wine Rack Freestanding Storage Stand Display Shelves, Thick Wood Thick Wood Natural 12 X 6 Rows 72 Slots

A sturdy wooden wine holder with slots for 72, 96, or 144 bottles of wine, depending on the model size you pick.

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