The Entrepreneurship of Building the Best Wine Cellar

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Wine cellar, created for "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, by Joseph and Curtis Custom Wine Cellars

Once strictly for the rich and famous, wine cellars are popping up in homes across all income levels.

Thanks to America’s love of wine and the web, the ease of acquiring wines — and as a result, showing them off — has made wine cellars an integral part of the home. Heck, in some circles, the size of the cellar has even become competitive.

As a result, building those cellars has created long-time work for some skillful entrepreneurs.

Take Joseph Kline and Curtis Dahl. They actually traded together at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange back in the 90’s.  As a way to unwind after work, Kline would tinker in his garage and build things. One day, he built a small wine cellar in his home.

Dahl was so impressed when he saw it, they decided to launch a website and take a shot

Flash forward, they are building cellars that start at $30,000. And while the guys are from the tri-state area, Miami now is their second-biggest market. They have built as far as Costa Rica and have worked with celebrities like Buddy Valastro, a.k.a. the Cake Boss, and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

Below are Joe and Curt and two of their cellars.

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But cellars aren’t only for the uber wealthy. Chris Giantamidis’ cellars start at $10,000. Giantamidis was a remodeler when, back in 2005, a client asked him to build a wine cellar. Then he, too, started getting multiple requests for other cellars. So he dove in fulltime and founded Cava Wine Cellars.

Check out a few of his cellars below.

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Read more here to find out how the cellar business is booming.

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