How to clean and care for your ceramic wineware

Someone gently pours red wine from a ceramic carafe into a ceramic wine cup in a kitchen

Ceramic wineware is a fun and beautiful addition to any wine lover's collection. It adds a touch of elegance and intrigue to your drinking experience and even improves with age – making it perfect for dinner parties, picnics, or even quiet nights in. However, like any other wine accessory, ceramic wineware does require a little care and maintenance to ensure you can enjoy it for years to come. So here are some simple tips on how to clean and care for your ceramic wineware:

  1. Hand Washing: One of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to ceramic wineware is that it should always be hand washed. Avoid using a dishwasher or abrasive cleaning materials, as these can cause damage to the ceramic surface.
  2. Don’t use detergents: When washing your ceramic wineware, it is recommended that you only use warm water. Definitely avoid using harsh chemicals or bleach, as these can cause discolouration or even crack the ceramic. However, if you must, then a mild soap in small quantities should be okay. The risk is having the ceramic surface absorb the soap’s scent or fragrance, therefore ruining the taste of your precious wine. 
  3. Avoid Staining: To prevent staining, try to rinse your ceramic wineware soon after use. Red wine, in particular, can leave behind stubborn stains if left to sit for too long, for example, overnight. If you do notice any discolouration, try soaking your wineware in warm water overnight.
  4. Dry Thoroughly: After washing, be sure to dry your ceramic wineware thoroughly. This can be done by hand with a soft cloth or by air drying. Avoid using a dishwasher or other heating methods to dry your wineware, as this can cause cracking. 
  5. Store Properly: When storing your ceramic wineware, make sure to keep it in a cool, dry place. Avoid stacking your wineware, as this can cause scratching or chipping. 

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your ceramic wineware stays looking beautiful and will develop a wonderful patina that can be enjoyed for years to come. So whether you are a serious collector, or just looking to jazz up your dining table, try buying some high-quality ceramic wineware.