Keeping apples fresh all winter is easier than you might think. While most store best at around 34 degrees, a cool basement is sufficient to get nearly the same results without the effort of refrigeration or building a separate root cellar.
Simply wrap each apple individually in newspaper and place into boxes, with space between each apple. Check in on them periodically for discolored paper, indicating that an apple is spoiling. Every once in a while, unwrap a few to see how they’re doing.
I’ve successfully stored Newton Pippin Apples, one of the very best keepers, for 14 months using this method. Just a box, some newspaper and a basement. No special tools necessary.
Many varieties don’t really come into their own taste wise until they’ve been stored for at least a few months, but once they do they’re well worth the wait.