Wine Cellar Humidity

If you find the humidity in your cellar is too low the simplest and cheapest solution is to add a bowl of water. You can add a towel to the bowl to act as a “wick” to increase the humidity level even further. For a more glamorous (although not better) solution there are many artistic table-top humidifiers available. Simple and affordable, they can dress up your wine cellar, and add the functionality of humidity to the environment at the same time. Conventional wine refrigerating systems do not offer a humidity factor, when in actuality it is a very crucial step in preserving your wine collection. A split air system may have a humidification module available. If you have a humidifier in your cellar you will periodically need to manually add distilled water to the unit. Do not use tap water as is can encourage fungal growth.

This is just a sample of the information available in “How To Build A Wine Cellar

4 Responses to Wine Cellar Humidity

  1. Chris Miley January 20, 2008 at 8:47 pm #

    If the cellar is closed for much of the time then perhaps it is just a stale air smell.

    The slow fan my work. It is certainly the cheapest and easiest option and I’d like to hear about your results in due course.

  2. Timmay January 20, 2008 at 8:17 pm #

    Thanks Chris,

    I have polished concrete surface and there is no sign of water seepage etc and teh corks seem ok so far, so i believe hopefully it is only the smell. I have also been told to have a low speed fan running in the cellar should help.

  3. Chris Miley January 20, 2008 at 10:28 am #


    The temperature and humidity of your cellar sounds close to perfect for storing wine.

    Check bottles for mouldy labels or corks, check if there is any water seepage through the floor or walls. Do you have any floor covering that might be holding moisture? You’d be better off without any floor covering in your cellar.

    A misting fogger like “Forceout” might help to eliminate the musty odor. I haven’t used this product but as described at the website it might do the job.


  4. Timmay January 19, 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    I have an underground cellar and have noticed after a couple of years a musty smell. I do not have any conditioners in their Humidity stays around the 70%+ mark and temp 15-20 depending upon time of year. Is my problem too much humidity and hence the smell if so should i go to the trouble of a dehumidifier or something else ?