Should Magnums Be Cellared Standing Up?

The Most Important Wine Cellaring Questions

As wine racking and cellar experts we get asked a lot of questions about what are the most important aspects of cellaring wine from our wine storage customers.  There are many aspects and not all are specifically about the cellar. The following series will attempt to answer some of the most asked questions in wine storage:


Magnum and Champagne bottles should be stored on their sides in a wine rack or stacked the same way as in a cellar. Fine maturing Champagne, like all great wine, run the risk of the cork drying out if kept upright for long periods. Although Screw top caps will not dry out there are currently very few Vineyards sealing their champagnes in this way. If under cork closure then yes, keep your corks wet to ensure a proper seal. If under screw cap, cellaring standing up is totally fine. That goes with all bottle sizes. Magnums are wonderful to have and even better to open and enjoy with friends.Keep in mind that they mature slower than a standard or Bordeaux size due to less air to wine ratio. Although they can take up an awkward space in the cellar, they are a beautiful addition to a collection for the purpose of drinking, displaying and enjoying.

Wine Rack for Magnums