Pardon the pun, but this is probably one of the most intoxicating design and architectural inspirations you will ever come across! A wine cellar that has been built inside an old and abandoned tunnel in a Texas limestone hill does sound like a scenario from a Bond movie. Yet, this marvelous modern delight was meticulously built by Clayton Korte, and the private wine cave is undoubtedly one of the best wine cellar ideas that we have come across for a long time.
Carved into a solid limestone hillside, the entry to this cellar is probably difficult to find if not for the illuminated and curated landscape leading to it. Step inside and you will be wowed by the polished Douglas fir and white oak clad walls, stone backdrops, concrete walls and a generous layer of ambient lighting. You will quickly forget that you have stepped into a hillside tunnel, and the amazing collection of wine in here only adds to the gorgeous setting.
Apart from the vast wine cellar that can store over 4,000 bottles with ease, you will also find a relaxing bar, sitting area, tasting lounge and a restroom that embraces the same theme and material palette as the rest of the wine cave. Unique and gorgeous, the natural elements of the tunnel are carefully intertwined with polished, modern design to offer the very best of both worlds! [Photography: Casey Dunn]
The exterior opening of the cave is capped with a board-formed concrete portal, meant to weather naturally, molded to the irregular surfaces of the limestone.