Wine storage

Introducing our new, bonded storage with rates from just £7.20/year for a case of six 75cl bottles.

When you order in-bond, your wine will be landed, free of charge, in your own Club Member Reserve at LCB's state-of-the-art facilities, providing optimal conditions to preserve its quality.

Our standard storage rates for a case of six 75cl bottles is just £10 and Club Members with a Cellar Plan enjoy a discount of up to 28%.

Each quarter, we'll calculate your bill for the the wines you have stored with us, so there are no surprising annual bills - and you can save even more money on storage fees by starting a Cellar Plan and/or paying by Direct Debit.

Of course, you can request delivery to another bonded storage provider whenever you wish, but we think you'll find our offer hard to resist.

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  • 1. You order your wine En Primeur or in-bond

    • Your purchases are landed, free of charge, in our state-of-the-art warehouse facilities, ensuring optimal storage conditions for your wine
    • Your Club Member Reserves is recorded in our top-notch IT systems, designed to handle the complexities of the wine business
    • We allocate your wine to a sub-account of our parent account - you benefit from our volume discounts and save money compared to setting up your own
  • 2. We invoice you quarterly for your stored wines

    • Your stored wines will appear on your statement, so you can see what we hold and when your purchases are available for delivery
    • We calculate your bill based on the wines you have stored with us ay highly competitive rates, from as low as £7.20 per case of six 75cl bottels
    • If you have a Cellar Plan, and/or have signed up to pay by Direct Debit receive an automatic discount on your fees
    • Settle your bills easily and securely by direct debit, bank transfer or credit/debit card
  • 3. Have our wines delivered when you're ready to enjoy them

    • Let us know you want to have your wine delivered and we'll arrange it
    • We'll email you an invoice for the duty and VAT
    • Settle your bills easily and securely by direct debit, bank transfer or credit/debit card
    • We arrange delivery with online tracking for your convenience

Why store your wine with Honest Grapes?

We're delighted to offer some of the UK's most competitive storage rates, especially for Club Members on a Cellar Plan - and storing, transferring or delivering your wines is easy and convenient.

In the UK we're spoiled for choice with bonded storage, which is why collectors all over the world choose to keep their wine here, though we really think we've found the very best with LCB Drakelow.

Once a top secret nuclear bunker during the Cold War, the tunnels have been lavishly refurbished by London City Bond, creating the ideal conditions for storing your wine.

LCB Drakelow Tunnels

Naturally temperature controlled, with state-of-the-art dehumidification, LCB Drakelow is the perfect fine wine cellar

Insurance at market value

Every case you buy or store with us is insured to market value as part of your storage fee

Perfect provenance

Every case of wine has a label with rotation number, ID of wine, name and membership number

Competitive storage rates

We charge £10 per case of 6x75cl as standard, whilst Cellar Plan Members can enjoy up to 28% off

Free delivery

When you're ready to drink your wine, Cellar Plan Members enjoy free delivery to any UK mainland address

Storage rates

Your bill is calculated each quarter on a pro rata basis from a 9 litre base rate, so you only pay for what you have stored with us.

Standard Rates

Six 75cl bottles = £10

Twelve 75cl bottles or six magnums = £20

Premier Crew Cellar Plan / Direct Debit Rates

  • Six 75cl bottles = £8
  • Twelve 75cl bottles = £16

Grand Crew Classé Cellar Plan Rates

  • Six 75cl bottles = £7.20
  • Twelve 75cl bottles = £14.40

Considering storing your wine at home?

We often get asked by Club Members how they should best store their wines at home. So here's the low-down.

Why store wines?

Wines are released from the winemakers in their infancy and many will become more enjoyable to drink with a few years under their belt.

What happens in the ageing process is that the tough tannins (think of an over-brewed cup of tea) and high acidity in a young wine, along with the slightly overpowering young fruit flavours all calm down in the bottle and mellow, maturing into a smooth delicious and melded wine...just the way it should be.

How long do wines need to mature?
Unless you are spending over £50 a bottle many of the wines will be happy with a few years of ageing before they start to come into their own and you can start pulling the corks. You will often find they keep giving drinking pleasure for several more years, as long as they are stored correctly and provided you have the willpower and patience…I can put my hand up to honestly say that I don’t have much of either when it comes to my wines! If you are a keen collector with deeper pockets then you will need to be looking at professional cellaring options as the wines will take many years to reach their peak. Do contact us for more assistance on this.

So what makes a good storage space?

There are three factors that influence wines in storage: Temperature, Light and Humidity.

Of these the most critical is temperature. Many guides recommend the ideal wine storage temperature is between 10 and 15 °C.

The general reality, especially for wines that only need a few years of ageing, is that no great harm will come to wine stored between 15 and 20 °C, but there is a BIG caveat here. The temperature mustn’t fluctuate too drastically causing the wine to expand and contract rapidly. This is probably the most important note to make for wine storage, do not store in an area where the temperature fluctuates more than a few degrees daily, so in the airing cupboard, conservatory, garden shed, and kitchen….all no go areas. If you’re not sure you can invest in a maximum and minimum thermometer to monitor potential places to store wine.

Once you have the temperature secured we can review Light and Humidity. Wine isn’t a fan of strong light, which can affect the taste of wine, particularly sparkling wine, and especially if the bottles are made from clear or pale glass. So somewhere dark is ideal. Humidity is the final important factor. If wine is stored somewhere too dry, the corks can dry out and stop being an effective seal. Therefore keeping the wines lying down on their side ensures the cork stays in contact with the wine which helps prevent this.

Once again this means the airing cupboard isn’t the place for your wines!

I live in an apartment … am I going to store my wine?

Having discussed what makes a good cellar the ideal place would be a dark, dank room, images of a cobwebbed cold and damp cellar are a little outdated if nonetheless romantic. The reality is that our living arrangements have changed and as such so have our cellaring arrangements.

As discussed above finding a place with a stable and low temperature is key with light and humidity playing second fiddle. In a standard home, space is at a premium so we need to be creative finding space to store a few cases of wine, this could be kept in an attic, basement or corner of a spare room that is always colder than the rest of the room, or even in an old fireplace or possibly under the stairs.

I really don’t have anywhere that works at home what can I do?

To keep it brief and If you are serious about wine two options exist. If you wanted the wines accessible at home, you will need to invest in an 'artificial cellar', a temperature- and humidity-controlled cabinet like a fridge which keeps the wines in perfect cellar conditions, these range in all sizes and styles for all budgets, have a look here for our recommended suppliers.

If you do not need direct access to the wines and can plan ahead on when you would like to drink your wines ( I would not be in that camp!) then there are many professional storage companies that offer safe secure storage for a reasonable charge of around £10-£15 a case per year. Once again do ask if you would like advice on this.