How To Pest Control Your Wine Cellar

Wine cellars are specially designed rooms for keeping the wine at a perfect temperature and position. In wine companies, it is where the wine is left to age, and in private houses, this rooms stores the wines that are ready to be drunk and in their respective bottles.

The quality and materials chose for the wine cellars influences directly in the final quality of the wine. Ventilation and moister control are also extremely important. But nothing is more important than controlling the eventual pests that can be present.

Since temperature control is one the most important feature, most of these wine cellars are built underground. This facilitates the work mostly for rats and mice that are mostly in underground environments.

Most common pests on wine cellars

Cockroaches: They carry diseases with them plus they can defecate near or on the wine bottles. Should this happen, bottles should be disinfected before drinking and still it may not be enough and throwing them away may be the only option.

Flies and Moths: Since they like the room temperature of wine cellars they can also be harmful to the environment.

Rats and mice: By far the biggest enemies as they love the wood design of wine cellars and they carry very dangerous diseases. Major loss has been documented on even the best wine cellars in the world. The main problem is that anything that enters into contact with rats or mice should be thrown away as they can transmit very dangerous disease for humans.

Pest control

For mice and rats, there is a big problem when trying to control them. A pest control based on chemical fluids is not an option for two reasons. First, they can be harmful and toxic for the winds, and second, they can lure and kill the rats and mice leaving their dead bodies around the wine cellar which is even worst.

That is why wine cellars use mostly adhesive lures that will leave the rat or mice glue to them when they enter into contact with them. This way they do not die when caught and they reduce the possibility of breeding of these species.

The new technology on repelling mice and rats is the ultrasound repeller. This device produces a sound that is extremely annoying for rats, and it is not hearable by the human ear. Thus it keeps the pests away. It is very efficient, even in large spaces and it has no harms for humans or other pets. However, it does not kill the mice and rats it only keeps them away.

How to Organize Wine Tasting Events

Many people like attending wine tasting parties. A proper wine tasting is a type of cultural celebration in which individual meet and discussions about the different makes and colour of wines which are available. This kind of wine tasting is not about getting drunk; it is essentially a skill which does take a long time to master.

While wine tasting there is usually a speaker who talks you through every wine, once the wine is filled with your glass you should only just look at it first, and watch the colour and texture. Effectively putting the wine against a white light background will let you carefully evaluate the colour of the wine in its purity.

Next, comes the most important part of actually tasting the wine, but before you even let a drop touch your mouth, you should take in the smell through the nose. So carefully feel the top of the glass to get your senses used to the flavour, and then take a small mouthful, you will notice the taste explode in your mouth so therefore you need to swish it around, so the taste covers every area. Once you have done this you will then be able to experience the full taste of the wine, so you can carefully leave your review and move onto the next. But make sure you have a sip of water between each to remove the taste of the previous.

I Don’t Understand, Why Would I Want to Wine Taste?

Well, there are a lot of reasons as to why you will want to take part in the tasting ceremony. The first could be that you want to socialise and meet new people and make friends. Wine tasting is a great event where you can get out and about and meet people that have the same things in common as you.

The second could be that you love to taste new wines by differentiating them with colour or just as people like to taste different types of food, you may have an admiration and dedication to experience exotic wines from all over the world.

Someone may have a genuine reason as to why he or she would like to taste wine. People like having an amazing time to relax and enjoy with friends. Try not to spoil it though by going over the top and getting yourself too drunk as then you would have ruined the experience. If you would rather get drunk, then other events can accommodate that it.

A Quick History of Wine Making

If you are going to get into home wine making, you may want to know some of the histories of wine making. You will then feel a part of this rich history as you make your wines. The wine has been made for many centuries and throughout the world. It even is referenced to in the Bible. So let’s look into this history and see what it says about wine making.

The wine has a history the spreads across the centuries and is also involved in the history of countries, a whole civilization, agriculture, humanity, and the world’s cuisine. Evidence has been found by archaeologists that point to Iran and Georgia being the areas for the earliest wine making happening in about 6000 to 5000 BC. There has also been evidence found that insinuates that the grapevine could have been domesticated during the Bronze Age. This occurred in Egypt and Summer and the Near East about the third millennium B.C.

There is evidence that the wine production in Europe dates back to 6,500 years ago. At these particular archaeological sites, the earliest recorded incidence of crushed grapes for the world has been found. Then in Egypt wine was part of the ceremonies. There is evidence of wine being in China in the second and the first millennium B.C.

Remember that most of this wine making was home wine making or making it for the royalty of the time. There may have been some commercial wine making going on, but the commoners of the time would make their wine.

Many of the Western Europe wine producing regions began with the Phoenicians and then, of course, the plantations run by the Romans. The development of the wine press and other wine making advancements are known to have happened during the days of the Roman Empire. Around this time different varieties of grapes were cultivated along with an improvement in techniques too as far as cultivation. Barrels also were introduced for shipping and storing the wines.

Then in the medieval times in Europe, the Christian Church started to back the use of wine for communion in the Catholic Mass. Other cultures such as Islam did not condone such use of wine. The Muslim chemists among others paved the way in distilling the wine for purposes that were medicinal. The consuming wine became highly popular in the 15th century where it survived the Phylloxera louse that caused quite a bit of devastation in the 1870s. All this led to major growing areas for the grapes throughout our modern world.

Wine making has improved greatly over the past century because of improvements in sanitation. This has helped to keep the wine for longer periods of time and ensures that almost every batch will turn out the way it is supposed to and not turn into vinegar due to bacterial contamination.

Wine and the wine making process has had a history that has lasted nearly eight thousand years. During its lifetime it has been vastly improved, honored and even worshiped. There is no way of knowing what the future of wine entails, but whatever that might be, this drink is here to stay.


Today the Napa Valley in California is one area in the United States that turns out a large amount of quality wine each year. They have long added their touch to this history of wine making. Sonoma is another region in California where a lot of vineyards and wineries are.

The history of wine making is very complex and at times can be incomplete because for hundreds of years it was not documented how it was made or how exactly the process spread throughout the world. It is always interesting to know the history of a drink that has had so much influence on the lives of thousands of personalities all over the globe.

So see when you start home wine making you are stepping into a lot of interesting history. You have a chance of adding to this rich history of wine with your creations. No telling what unique color pallet of wines or blends you will come up with in your own home. So look into this fascinating hobby that could turn into your winery! You never know it could happen.