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Wine Serving and Wine Cellar Temperatures


The following chart provides temperature guidelines for cellaring and serving wine.
While your taste should determine your prefered serving temperature, it is important to store wines within the temperature range shown.

A thermometer is essential for accurate measurement.


    
C F  
100 212 Boiling Water
39 100 Warm bath
25 77 Maximum temperature to subject wine to
21 70  
20 68  
19 66 Serve Vintage Port
18 64 Serve Bordeaux, Shiraz
17 63 Serve Red Burgandy, Cabernet
16 61 Serve Pinot Noir
15 59 Maximum cellar temperature. Serve Chianti, Zinfandel
14 57 Serve Tawny Port, Madeira
13 55 Ideal wine storage temperature
12 54 Serve Beaujolais, Rose
11 52 Serve Viognier, Sauterne
10 50 Minimum cellar temperature
9 48 Serve Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
8 47 Serve Riesling
7 45 Serve Champange
6 43 Serve Ice Wines
5 41 Serve Asti Spumanti
4 39  
3 37  
2 36 Refrigerator temperature
1 34  
0 32 Freezing
     

Room Temperature
Slightly Chilled
Chilled
Cold
Cellar temparture range

* Adapted with permission from James Wilson



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