Hand-built Wine Cave In Wilcox Mansion

Hand-built wine cave in historic mansion

Sommi Wine Cellars have built a wine cellar to a historic property in Portland, Oregon. The underground hand-built wine cave has been installed with great respect for the existing building and with natural cooling.

Hand-built wine cave in historic mansion

Hand-built wine cave by Sommi Wine Cellars

The Oregon-based company Sommi Wine Cellars specializes in exclusive wine storage solutions and combines modern technology on the inside with handcrafted wood on the exterior. When starting the project in Portland, the brick and stone basement already provided the perfect location for wine storage as no additional refrigeration was needed. Sommi added a custom bar top made of one of the property’s original doors, lower shelves custom made from reclaimed barn wood, top wine racks by STACT and dramatic lighting.

Hand-built wine cave in historic mansion

Finest bottles stored safely

Working in a Historic Property

The Southwest Portland home was built in 1893 by the famous Whidden & Lewis architecture firm and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The 12,000+ square feet home was ordered by banker and self-made tycoon Theodore Wilcox who spared no expense.

Eleven bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, mahogany paneled walls and seven fireplaces surrounded by onyx and marble create a sense of grandeur that sets in the second you step inside. The property has stood the test of time with a minimum of modifications, but an important element was missing when new owners moved in a year ago: there was no wine cellar.

Finest bottles stored safely


Completed: Winter, 2018
Location: Portland, Oregon
Style: Traditional
Storage Capacity: 450 bottles
Cooling: geothermal, natural
Special features: LED lighting
Materials: reclaimed barnwood & door, STACT shelving system

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