Whether you’re building your wine collection or just want to keep a few bottles to hand in the kitchen, a quality wine rack will make sure your bottles are safely stored for when and where you need them.
Wine is an investment in itself. The rack you keep them in should be able to withstand the wear and wobbles of a busy kitchen, but also versatile enough to accommodate a variety of bottle shapes and sizes, from sweet sauternes to your best bottle of bubbly.
The better the build and material, the better the durability. We tested wine racks on a number of factors to bring you our favourites.
Heated floor? Why not try a wall mounted rack. Wine aficionado? Bottles stored tilting down will help stop corks drying out over time and oxidising your wine. Sometimes showcasing a bottle collection itself is just as high a priority as its practicality so we’ve taken design into account.
If building a wine collection is on your agenda, a 12-bottle rack would be a good starting point. But for those who just want a couple in the kitchen, you don’t need to break the bank. We were looking for wine racks that will last as long as your most prized burgundies. Here are some of our favourite wine racks to help find the right one for your space.
What are the best wine racks?
RTA 9 bottle stackable rack, £15.99
Best value wine rack
Pros: extendable, sturdy, lightweight
Cons: too small for wider bottles of bubbly
This British-made stackable wine rack by RTA is a classic and reliable design; solid wood screwed into galvanised steel to create a simple storage solution for bottles. You can stand this vertically on your countertop if you’re a little short on space or lie it down landscape for an even more stable base.
The wooden slats comfortably support the average 750ml wine bottle along its full length meaning wine doesn’t wobble if the rack is knocked. Swan-necked bottles are not as supported so we’d recommend these being kept on the lowest row.
Although the 9.5cm-wide sections accommodate a variety of sizes, we found that a bottle of Bollinger was best rested on top. If you’re not precious about the bottle labels you would be able to squash it in but this would likely scratch the length of the label. It’s not the ideal order for storing your most expensive bubbly on the top, but this wine rack is stable enough to trust.
Thanks to a clip system, this can be extended or connected to other racks to boost your bottle count. And it’s not that pricey to do. For the money, you get a stable, strong and trustworthy wine rack.
Nkuku Obra 12 bottle industrial wine rack, £180
Best freestanding wine rack
Pros: great combination of style and stability
Everything about the Obra wine bottle rack is solid. With a mango wood top sitting on a dark iron frame, the resulting rack is durable enough to double as a side table for your living room or an additional surface in your kitchen.
The arches cradle standard wine bottles well. Smaller bottles like Bitters will slip through the bars on their own, but because standard bottles lie close together, these can be rested easily between them. Taking this into account, the rack can hold much more than 12 bottles.
If you’re looking for a contemporary wine rack for your kitchen, this is a practical and stylish option.
Cotswold Chester Grey Oakland 24 bottle wine cabinet, £199
Best large wine rack
Pros: 24-bottle capacity, becomes an additional work surface
Cons: large footprint
The Cotswold Chester wine rack is just the right height to become an additional work surface, either as an extension to your kitchen counter or as piece of functional furniture in its own right.
It’s deceptively small in size and footprint, despite having capacity for 24 bottles. With each section being 10.5cm-wide, every bottle we tried was easily accommodated. They were also protected from all sides so you’d know everything from your best bubbly to unopened olive oil or balsamic would be safe in a busy family kitchen.
Plus, if you have underfloor heating, the wooden feet mean the cabinet sits above the floor, protecting your bottles from being warmed.
Oka Jadis 12 bottle wine rack, £155
Best statement wine rack
Pros: great for a varied collection
Cons: design isn’t for everyone
Despite the distressed antique ‘bronze’ and ‘verdigris’ design of Oka’s Jadis wine rack, its actually made of iron and is, unsurprisingly, sturdy enough to stay balanced however you stack your bottles.
Every section is 10cm in width and easily accommodated the widest champagne bottle we had. We particularly liked that each ‘pipe’ is staggered so that whatever the height of your bottle (for example, beers) it would not get lost within the rack.
The inside of each pipe is not abrasive but textured enough to offer resistance to bottle movement, supported by a rounded ridged lip. Both factors will reduce the risk of any falling out if your rack is nudged.
Kingrack stackable 5 bottle rack, £15.95
Best countertop wine rack
Pros: preassembled, extendable
Cons: only holds 5 bottles on its own
If you’re short on space and looking for a countertop wine rack that’s simple, this is a great one to consider. Bottles are pyramids stacked inside and on top of the diamond shaped sections in a 3×2 format.
Reinforced sections between the top two bottles allow for another rack or two to be safely added, creating a 10-bottle capacity rack. It’s sturdy, small in footprint and relatively cheap – leaving you with money to spend on the wine, not the storage.
There’s no backstop for the bottles so we suggest pushing this rack up against a wall in a busy kitchen.
The Oak & Rope Company solid oak wine rack, £185
Best wall mounted wine rack
Pros: can be personalised to make a great gift
Cons: needs to be fixed with strong wall fixings
If you want to show off your favourite bottles as well as mark a special occasion, this wall-mounted wine rack makes a nice novelty gift.
Ten holes have been drilled through this chunk of solid oak and feels sturdy, fixed with two brackets on the back. The bottles hang through each hole unaided so once slotted in, create a decorative fan effect up the wall.
What’s important to think about is that the wall you attach this to must be strong enough to accommodate it. Once loaded with ten of your favourite bottles, the last thing you want is the wooden rack falling off or tilting. There is an optional version for champagne bottles if you prefer bubbly.
How we tested wine racks
Bottles we tested with:
- Bollinger champagne
- Standard red and white wine bottles
We reviewed a represenative sample of wine racks and scored them against the following criteria.
Quality: we were looking for wine racks that would last as long as your most prized burgundies. The better the materials and build, the better the durability.
Capacity: you should be able to store at least six average size wine bottles in a wine rack and ideally, 12.
Functionality: a good wine rack will accommodate a variety of bottles in all shapes and sizes, from wide champagne bottles to smaller speciality wines like sauternes.
Versatility: some wine racks are tall and robust enough to act as additional side tables or work tops.
Stability: whether it’s for the countertop or freestanding, the last thing you want is a wobbly wine rack. We weighted bottles from side to side to check the rack wouldn’t topple however you stacked them.
Design: with a stylish wine rack, showcasing your bottle collection can become a decorative statement.
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