It is a good idea to keep the bottles upright for 5 – 7 days following bottling. There may be some air or gasses trapped inside the bottle from the bottling process. This allows it to escape. Then the wine bottles should be stored on their sides. This will keep the cork moist which stops any exchange of air through the cork and prevents oxidation of your wine.
Temperature is an important part of storing your wine. The ideal temperature is in the 12 – 14 degrees Celsius range. It is also very important that the temperature does not vary and remains constant. If you are unable to store it at a cool temperature, it will be fine at room temperature as long as it is consumed within a reasonable time.
The three key things to remember when deciding where to store your wine is Cool, Dark, and Dry.
If the temperature the wine is stored at is too low, and the grape must is top quality, your wine can slowly start to form “wine diamonds”. These crystals can precipitate from the naturally occurring tartaric acid, potassium, and calcium ions found in the grapes. They have no harmful effect on your finished wine.