I just started another post where I mentioned 2 of my Old Spinster aunts in Germany who lived in an old 200 yr old apartment in the middle of a village in Germany. I have a lot of fond childhood memories of them and them drinking,buying and storing wine. They had a cellar a few stories down form their apt. I remember it was always a hike down a few flights of steep wooden stairs to this cellar. We had a few keys to get in and they kinda looked like old fashioned black iron keys, antique like. In this cellar, they had wine...and lots of it!!! The cellar was always a little cold and damp and smelled a little musty., although immaculately clean. This was a celler that went through wars and I believe was used for hiding and such for protection. It seemed to be below street level on a busy street, so you could hear the cars wisking by and footsteps of pedestrians as well.
So when one of my friends recently told me she had a wine cellar, I immediately thought of something underground like this...but now I know it's those refigerated cellars of modern age, of which I am sure I will own one soon, as my interest in wine is soring by leaps and bounds.
Does anyone else have any experience with these Original Type of Cellars...underground in villages of Europe?