The Latest Trend in Luxury Real Estate Is All About Wine

While I dream of one day having a house with a wine cellar for storing special bottles, those who can already afford this luxury are moving on to the next big thing: the wine-tasting room. Because after all, if you’ve got a home wine cellar, why not have a home tasting room as well? The Wall Street Journal reports on the trend that has taken the high-end real estate market by storm.

“Oenophiles are increasingly pairing their wine cellars with sizable tasting rooms. These spaces are designed for entertaining and outfitted with practical features, such as dishwashers for stemware and warming ovens for hors d’oeuvres. Here, guests have space to spread out and can sip and nosh in shirt sleeves if they’d like,” writes Cecilie Rohwedder.

The cellars are great for storing wine, but these people also want a special place to enjoy it—hence the demand for home tasting rooms. However, real estate agents are wary of the trend, saying that if the homeowners hope to sell the house at a later time, “tasting rooms should be easily transformed into more generic gathering spaces.”

Channel the grandeur of a fine tasting room by decanting your next bottle of red into this glass decanter.

If money was not an issue, would you want a house with a wine-tasting room?