In order for a wine to remain fresh and age well, it must be protected from humidity, sunlight, vibrations and kept at a good temperature.
The recommended storage temperature for wines is between 11°C and 14°C, but this can vary depending on the type of wine and the age of the wine.
Most wine storage solutions such as wine cooler fridges will have their preset temperature in this range. Wine cooler appliances can come in all shapes and sizes, so it won’t be too difficult to find the perfect cooler for you and your home.
You can find wine coolers that store as little as 15 bottles, whilst other wine cooler fridges, such as duel temperature zones can stock over 50.
The majority of wine coolers will accommodate 75cl bottles, but many wine coolers will enable you to remove or rearrange the shelves to accommodate larger bottles.
What Are The Benefits Of Owning A Wine Cooler?
Wine coolers are a must-have for all wine lovers - whether you enjoy a bottle over the weekend, or have a glass after work, you’re sure to find a wine cooler that can fit your needs.
A wine cooler will keep your wine at the perfect temperature, ensuring that it stays fresh and drinkable for longer, and retains the natural flavours, textures, and aromas of the wine.
Owning a wine cooler also makes a statement that you care about the quality of your wine. A wine cooler can be the focal point of any kitchen and shows that you know your stuff when it comes to wine.
Wine coolers can also display your wine collection, which is ideal if you have expensive or well-aged bottles of wine.
How Personalised Can Your Wine Cooler Fridges Be?
You can find a design that matches the interior of your home and blends in, or a wine cooler that stands alone and grabs the attention of guests. Allowing you to find a suitable home for your fine wines collection whilst not sacrificing the look of your home.
Your wine collection deserves to be proudly displayed instead of hidden away at the back of a cupboard - and the right wine cooler can do just that.
How To Choose The Best Wine Fridge For You?
Wine fridges/coolers can come in all designs, and offer different features. Whether you want a glass door, a touch-to-open door, removable shelves, display shelves, multiple temperature zones, or simply a cooler that you can integrate into your kitchen, you’re certain to find what you’re looking for with Elite Wine Refrigeration.
However, as there are so many choices out there, you must know what you want before purchasing a cooler.
Many people enjoy a wide selection of wines whereas others have a favourite wine of choice and decide to completely stick with those. Therefore browsing the various selection that we have is important. You also need to keep in mind the amount of dedicated space that is available.
The Different Types Of Wine Coolers Available
There are three main designs of wine fridges - the freestanding wine fridge, the integrated wine fridge, and the built-in wine fridge. All of which offer fantastic space for your fridge whilst allowing you to refine the humidity control.
Freestanding Wine Coolers
We have found that the freestanding wine coolers are probably the most popular type of wine cooler and are one of the more flexible options.
As they are free-standing, you can place them pretty much anywhere in your home or business and aren’t restricted by the counter or cabinet spaces.
This type of wine cooler is a perfect choice if you don’t have any spare cabinet space, or don’t have space under your countertops.
You can place a wine cooler on top of a counter or table, next to a fridge or freezer, or even in your utility room, basement, or place it under the stairs.
Because freestanding wine coolers are restricted by cabinet or counter space, they can vary in size, accommodating as little as 10 bottles to over 100 bottles.
The vents are usually located at the rear of the cooler, so you’ll need to leave a couple of inches around the unit to ensure the air flows freely and the unit doesn’t overheat.
Built-In Wine Coolers
More and more people are opting for built-in units, as they can be built into storage spaces around your home or business.
They are designed to fit under countertops and cabinet spaces and serve as a great addition to any kitchen. Built-in wine coolers can vary in size, but often you will find that most of them will accommodate around 50 bottles.
The vents are located near the front of this type of wine cooler, and the fans are found underneath. This means you should leave half a centimetre of space around the rear and sides of the unit - to prevent overheating.
Fully Integrated Wine Coolers
If you are a wine connoisseur, the fully integrated wine coolers are a great choice. They are very similar to built-in wine coolers. The main difference is that built-in wine coolers have visible doors, but fully integrated units are completely enclosed by cabinet space and hidden by a cupboard door.
This offers a sleek and seamless appearance, allowing your wine cooler to blend in with the interior of your home.
Due to the design of fully integrated wine coolers, you don’t need to worry about leaving space for ventilation. However, if the fans are at the rear of the unit, leave around half a centimetre of space.
Choosing The Right Wine Cooler Brand
The brand of wine cooler you choose is important - before purchasing a wine cooler, ensure that you check the quality of the brand, and review the warranty details.
One of the more popular brands we sell at Elite Wine Refrigeration is Dunavox, which always has excellent reviews. Another brand that always gets great feedback is Swisscave - but rest assured, all of the brands we sell are quality and reputable.
Identifying The Right Size Wine Fridges
Before purchasing a wine cooler, consider how many bottles you’ll need to store. If you only want to store a few bottles, there’s no point in purchasing a cooler that stores hundreds.
It’s also important to consider whether you have the space for a wine cooler. If you don’t have any spare cabinet or under-counter space, then you probably shouldn’t opt for a built-in or fully integrated cooler.
Different Temperature Zones For Wine Coolers
Some wine coolers will offer multiple or most often dual temperature zones, meaning you can store different wines at a different temperature range.
It also means that you can have wine ready to be served while you have bottles stored in the long-term left uninterrupted. If you have a larger collection or plan on ageing your wine, it’s always best to choose a cooler that has multiple temperature zones.