Five Over-the-Top Wine Cellars You Have to See to Believe
From restaurants to residences, these fabulous vaults keep wine stored safe and sound—and look pretty cool, too!
Published Jan 17, 2017 6:00 AM
Business tycoon Fred Drasner and his pianist wife Lora wanted to replicate one of their favorite bottles of wine on the floor of their wine cellar in downtown Miami. The couple tasked surfaces master David Meitus of NYC showroom Studium to create something special. Meitus took the inspiration from the label of a Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 bottle of red Bordeaux and fabricated the 75” x 25” mosaic floor out of many different stones—both mosaics and water jet. “The utmost care was paid to reproducing the label down to the finest detail,” says Meitus of the painstaking job. “We created the bottle shape in the middle of the room and surrounded it with an Absolute Black granite border.”
The octagonal glass wine tower at David Burke Prime at Connecticut’s Foxwoods Casino and Resort is three stories tall and holds thousands of bottles of the restaurant’s red wine selections. The top of the tower rises above the restaurant, allowing the vibrant, sun-like Dale Chihuly glass sculpture hanging from the ceiling to be viewed from outside.
Interior designer Brian Gluckstein created a chic wine cellar for a Toronto client, which features custom leather-clad wood shelving, cowhide flooring and vintage Baccarat accessories. The wine cellar is off the master hallway and showcases a Baccarat desk with vintage decanters, John Saladino stools and a wet bar for cocktails.
Stepping into NoHo mainstay il Buco’s 200-year-old basement wine cellar, adorned floor to ceiling with more than 500 labels, will transport you to an early European tavern lost in town. The dark wood private room is even rumored to have been the inspiration for Edgar Alan Poe’s Cask of Amontillado.
After helming the kitchen at Michelin-starred Café Boulud in New York City for years, Chef Gavin Kaysen moved to Minneapolis to open Spoon and Stable in November 2014. The restaurant has been heralded by Food & Wine and Bon Appetit, and its wine cellar is a focal point of the restaurant. In the center of the dining room, the room pays homage to the original purpose of the space: a horse stable.