Custom Refrigeration Systems For Wine Storage Units With Chateau 55

A professionally engineered wine storage facility, the Chateau 55 wine storage facility is equipped with high-performing, reliable, and fault-tolerant refrigeration systems. With such a construction, Chateau 55 wine storage units are able to function even when a component fails. The units are also constantly monitored to ensure that temperature and humidity levels are kept at the optimum level. Alerts are also sent out immediately should the climate change.


Wine Storage Lockers

Chateau 55 offers wine storage lockers in different sizes. There are units that can accommodate as little as 12 cases, as well as units large enough for commercial distributors or those who desire walk-in rooms.


Although there are different choices when it comes to wine storage, clients can benefit from our custom Chateau 55 wine storage units to fit their needs. The same level of quality seen in original units will be bestowed upon any customized units.


Temperature Controlled

Clients can expect the same high-performing machines with uniform air and temperature distribution. Units will still be safe and secure while being able to cater to customized needs. The same amount of reliability is expected, with custom refrigeration systems continuing to function in the event of system failures.


Control systems will function just the same: it will start the backup system when it detects a slight change in the climate. Users can also monitor temperature and alarm data through text or a web-enabled device.


Wine needs to be stored at just the right temperatures and our custom refrigeration systems for our Chateau 55 wine storage units allow for a tailored system according to your specific needs.


Continue reading for a special write-up from John Grettenberger, a refrigeration contractor who worked on our wine storage units:


Chateau 55 Refrigeration System

By John Grettenberger

Cascade Thermal Solutions


“As a backyard vintner and winemaker, I took a special interest in this project. I have tended a small vineyard and made ‘garage wine’ for 10 years. I am well acquainted with the importance of consistent storage temperature for wines. I have lost some good vintages due to poor storage!


As a refrigeration contractor primarily serving the life science and scientific community, I was delighted to apply my experience to this project. I approached it from the standpoint of ‘critical storage’ as I would any life science application. We were tasked with providing a refrigeration system that was high-performance, reliable, fault-tolerant, and within budget. No small task!


High performance was achieved by sizing the equipment with generous safety margin. Moreover, careful placement of the fan coils was key for achieving uniform air and temperature distribution. We paid special attention to achieve required airflows while maximizing storage space. We conducted thermal mapping with 25 sensors throughout the space to assure uniformity.


Reliability came with the use of heavy duty scroll compressors and best-of-class components. However, even high-quality equipment can fail. Therefore, we augmented this reliability with fault-tolerance. This is achieved by installing fully-redundant refrigeration systems, each of which can independently deliver the required cooling in the event of a system failure. The control system detects any temperature excursion and immediately starts the backup system. A separate temperature monitor relays real-time temperature and alarm data to users via text and any web-enabled device.


The resulting product is a system that treats the contents of the facility for what it is; precious.”



Chateau 55 is centrally located and proud to serve San Diego County, including but not limited to the cities of: Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, San Marcos, and Escondido

Reasons Why Wine Storage Is Necessary

Are you fond of drinking wine? Are you planning to build your passion into a collection in the future? If that is the case, you should know the importance of commercial wine storage.


No, this doesn’t mean storing your bottles in some place in your home that isn’t hit by direct sunlight. Wine storage in this sense means either building a wine cellar, or having a proper facility that  is aimed at preserving wines to ensure they age well and therefore taste well once finally uncorked.


The art of storing wine isn’t a practice that was brought about recently. In fact, we still adhere to some concepts created by the ancient Greeks. They may not have had the technology we enjoy today, but they sure did find the perfect spot to hide their wine for future use: underground caves.


Caves located underground offer the best storage conditions for ensuring wine ages well. And there are many reasons why it is necessary to make sure your collection of bottles is put in a similar environment:


  • Wine needs to be stored in a cool and humid environment.

Two conditions need to be met for wine storage: cool and humid. It’s best for wine to remain at temperatures between 55 to 58 degrees with about 55 to 75% relative humidity. And it’s really important for these conditions to be met, otherwise the liquid inside the bottle won’t be as good as it should.


  • Wine should be allowed to breathe properly.

You already know that wine tastes better when it has aged. What brings about this aging process is the liquid being able to breathe in the proper manner. You see, wine breathes through the cork and unfavorable storage conditions will result in equally unfavorable results.


Oxidation is a process that should be regulated carefully to ensure that “breathing” will be carried out at a proper pace. As a result, wine will age gracefully, so to speak. This concept can be explained better in this manner: when you leave an uncorked bottle of wine overnight in a room and drink it the very next day, you’ll find that its taste won’t be as pleasant as the first pour.


So what exactly ensures that “breathing” is done at the proper pace? Wine breathes slower when temperatures are low. While you can invest in a vapor barrier and wine refrigeration cooling unit, you can also go for commercial wine storage.


  • Wine should be kept in an environment where fluctuations in temperature and environment are easily controlled.

There are different factors that regulate the fluctuation of commercial wine storage temperature: the location of the storage, a quality refrigeration or cooling system, and the material the wine rack is made of. These are lots of things to consider, and thus opting for commercial wine storage will allow you to enjoy collecting wine without having to think about whether the controls are set right.



The right wine storage is important in ensuring that bottles don’t degrade due to fluctuating temperatures or any other failure. So if you want to serve the perfect wine and don’t have the right conditions for it, look into high quality, full service, temperature-controlled wine storage facilities like Chateau 55.


Chateau 55 is centrally located and proud to serve San Diego County, including but not limited to the cities of: Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Carlsbad, San Marcos, and Escondido