How to store wine correctly
Wine bottles with natural cork should be stored horizontally. Not only does this form of storage save space but it makes the cork be wetted continually. During storage, many wines undergo a ripening process, which with cork takes place later than with a screw cap: By involving acidity and sweetness, new aromas develop, called tertiary aromas, which make the wines fuller-bodied and more harmonic.
In general, light wines ripen relatively fast, whereas high-quality growths ripen more slowly and longer – often for decades. Sweet wines usually can be stored for a long time because their sugar content has a preservative effect. The most important factors for a good storage of wine are a constant temperature (12-15°C), high humidity (about 70%), and a dimmed environment.