Underground at The Clubs at Houston Oaks
The Wine Club is one of the most unique in the country. It hosts an excellent assortment of dining venues, all of which are serviced by our extraordinary wine ‘cellar,’ Bunker 55°, which possesses remarkable features and a remarkable history. Seeing our exclusive Bunker 55° is itself worth a visit to Houston Oaks.
The history of Bunker 55° has some interesting twists. Originally the Club property was owned by oil giant and conglomerate, Tenneco (Tennessee Natural Corporation). During the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the company built an extensive underground bunker facility, not to house wine, but for maintaining and monitoring the company’s global gas operations. In 1996, El Paso Corporation bought all of Tenneco’s gas operations, which included what is now the Club property. Later (2010), the Club procured the facility, which included the underground bunker located beneath the current, Houston Oaks Hotel.
The above-ground portion of the building has been renovated to serve as a first-class hotel for members and their guests. The underground bunker, however, is being transformed into a premier Napa Valley-style wine cave hosting wine storage units, a private dining room, meeting spaces, and a lounge area.
Bunker 55° is the ultimate wine storage solution for the serious wine collector or any avid wine connoisseur. Nowhere in the city will you find a wine storage facility to match Bunker 55°. The Club’s facility is designed to maintain ideal wine storage conditions: a perfect temperature of 55 degrees farenheit, with an ideal humidity of 70 percent. Because of this, the Bunker offers perfect storage: cool and dark to allow for optimal maturation as well as security, with convenient and easy access. We manage and care for your collection, giving you the freedom to be creative and build a library that perfectly fits your palate. maturation as well as security, with convenient and easy access. We manage and care for your collection,
Members now have an opportunity to secure storage space reservations, beginning with bunks holding 450 bottles up to as many as 5,000 bottles. Also, the Bunker area redesign includes not only the wine storage facility, but also a private dining room, bar, and event meeting spaces. The unique ambiance of the Bunker 55° facility needs to be experienced to be appreciated. We believe it is worthy of being called a Napa Valley quality wine cave. Visit us to see for yourself.