Construction Terms

Wine Cellar Construction Terms


Following is a list of wine cellar construction terms we’ll use when talking to you about the construction of your custom wine cellar. Many are standard construction terms, but several are wine cellar specific. 

15° Display Level

A single row of display bottles tilted 15° on individual racking

Base Moulding

Base moulding is designed to be applied to the bottom of racking without interfering with bottle storage

Beam Support

Solid wood beam that adds structure to support racking above

Built-up Crown

Multiple part crown moulding


Computer Aided Design – computer program we use to create your cellar design


Trim surrounding wine cellar doors and windows

Crown Moulding

A sculpted style top moulding

Curved Corners

True radius curve option for (90°) corner storage of individual bottles

Diamond Bin

Bulk storage option with “diamond” shaped pattern

Diamond Bin Face Trim

Trim applied to the face of a diamond bin to cover the intersect pieces and add more stability

Diamond Cube

Bulk storage option that is modular, stackable, square

Double Deep

Depth of a wine rack that equals two bottles

Filler Strip

Solid wood strips most often used to join or fill in between racks and for a seamless look and custom fit

High Reveal Display Level

Custom racking to display bottles at 15° angle; this is typically a 4 bottle high reveal but can also be a three bottle high reveal

Individual Rack

The main (and most common) building block of any wine cellar where each bottle has its own slot

Kit Racking

Pre-designed modular racking in fixed sizes with minimal on site assembly

Low Reveal Display Level

Custom racking to display bottles at 15° angle; this is a 2 bottle high reveal

Magnum Rack

Individual rack with openings large enough to accommodate magnum sized bottles


A naturally rot-resistant tropical hard wood species found along the equator in South America, Africa and South East Asia

Quarter Round Display

Fixed (non-adjustable) shelves used to provide a custom end cap to racking

Radius Arch

Built-in wood arch over a counter top

Rectangular Bin

Adjustable shelves for bin storage, typically one case per shelf

Redwood Heartwood

Historically the wood used in cellars because of its resistance to moisture in typical high humidity environments

Single Deep

The depth of a wine rack equal to one bottle

Stemware Rack

Racking accessory that hangs wine glasses by their stems

Table Top

Finished solid wood top

Through-wall Cooling Unit

Cooling unit that is installed as an air conditioner

Toe Kick

Quarter-round moulding placed in front of base moulding

Vertical Display Rack

Fixed shelves for individual bottles oriented to a side view

Water-based Stain

A non-solvent based stain or top coat


Individual bottle racking with graduated change in height

Wood Case

Adjustable shelves used for wood case storage

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