Are you looking to find a wine cooler that suits your needs? At Wineandbarrels, we offer a wide range of different fridges and coolers to store your wine bottles at just the right temperature. And we will guide you around some of the aspects you should take into consideration when purchasing a wine cooler. That way, you can come to store your wine in the best possible way.
What is a wine fridge?
A wine cooler will allow you to have a stock of bottles ready to open whenever you feel like it. This type of fridge can recreate the optimal conditions required for storing wine, as it will keep the temperature steady and take care of your most precious bottles. That way, you can keep a few extra bottles of red, white, rosé, sparkling, or dessert wine ready for an unplanned or spontaneous situation.
A wine cooler that meets this function best is a cooler with two or more temperature zones. This way, you can keep various wines for immediate serving in one zone at a temperature around 7-8°C. In the other zone, you have the red wines prepared for service at about 17-18°C. In other words, you are looking for a dual-zone wine cooler.
Another way of using a wine refrigerator is for the purpose of long-term storage. In this case, quiet, stability, and a stable temperature are key. The ideal conditions are a temperature around 10 to 15°C, a relative humidity around 75 percent, and protection from light. This is easily obtained with a single-temperature wine cooler.
Why buy a wine cooler?
If you are a true wine connoisseur, a wine cooler is the best thing you can do for your wine. Especially, if you wish to store your wines at the correct temperature for a longer period of time and do not have space for an entire wine cellar.
Unlike a standard refrigerator, a wine cooler is designed to keep a steady temperature with a tolerance of one degree Celsius. Also, a wine cooler can usually keep a steady level from 5°C to 20°C, so the temperature range is significantly larger and more stable than a regular fridge. Additionally, the cooling compressor of a wine cooler is mounted on a silicone base that absorbs vibrations, which is essential as wine requires calm and quiet.
Things to consider before buying a wine cooler
There are many things to consider before you buy a wine cooler, and it all depends on your needs. First and foremost, you should contemplate how much storage space you need and where you wish to install your new wine cooler.
Our wine coolers come in many sizes, which means that you can easily find just the right size to install in your kitchen. For example, you can install the wine fridge under the counter or in a cabinet so that it becomes an integrated part of your kitchen. This allows you to have a wine bottle ready for service anytime.
If you need even more space for your favourite wines, you can choose one of our wine coolers that hold more than a hundred bottles. These are great if you are one of those wine lovers who tend to buy larger volumes of wine.
You should also consider whether you are looking for long-term storage or if you want to have a bottle ready for service anytime. Roughly and generally speaking, there are two kinds of wine fridges, each specifically designed for its purpose: A wine fridge with just one temperature zone and a variant with dual temperature zones.
The single-zone wine fridges are meant to keep your wines at a stable temperature replicating the conditions of an ideal wine cellar. Meanwhile, the dual-zone wine coolers are made for wine serving.
You can also get variants that allow you to keep an eye on the humidity inside the fridge. Some wine coolers have a hygrometer that helps you monitor the level, which should be around 50-80%. If you want the wine cooler to keep the humidity at a pre-set level, it is possible with a few models.
How much electricity does a wine cooler consume?
It varies how much electricity the different wine coolers use. The power consumption depends on several factors, such as the number of temperature zones and insulation. However, all wine cabinets are labelled with an energy label to make it easier for you to navigate.
Most wine refrigerators use between 150–250 kW/year. But if you are interested in a low-energy wine cabinet, you can take a look at our cabinets from Vestfrost, as they have a low electricity consumption.
Built-in, freestanding, or integrated wine coolers?
We offer wine coolers that are built-in, freestanding, or integrated, which allows you to organise your wine storage almost wherever and however you wish. You can have a built-in wine fridge under the kitchen counter or an integrated cooler in a cabinet. Wine coolers with front ventilation are specially designed for installation under the kitchen countertop. This design permits the hot air to escape from integrated wine coolers.
We also have freestanding variants that can be placed anywhere you like. You can even get wine fridges for cold environments that can be placed in your garage. If you wish to do this, the room must be protected against frost.
Most wine coolers of today come with retractable shelves that can be disassembled from the cabinet itself. This way, you can design the interior of your wine fridge as it pleases you.
What else can you store in a wine cooler?
A wine cooler is ideal for storing your favourite wine. However, you can also keep sodas, beer, and mineral water in the wine cooler if you do not wish to take up space in your regular refrigerator. Actually, the ageing and storing of beer are very similar to that of wine, so the fridge is great for this beverage as well.
Although, we do not recommend storing foods such as chocolate and especially cheese in a wine fridge since the emission of vapours and CO2 is damaging to the mechanical elements in the wine fridge.
Great brands that offer wine fridges
To fulfil your every wine-related desire, Wineandbarrels present to you a large variety of brands that offer some of the best wine coolers. For example, you can choose brands such as:
These brands are ideal choices when you think about buying a wine cooler. PeVino has stylish and beautiful designs to store your precious bottles of wine, and Cavecool makes wine fridges that look cool at an incredibly sharp price. Vestfrost offers Danish stability and quality as they produce wine coolers that will please wine enthusiasts everywhere.
If you want long-term storage, you should consider Wincave. Their reliable wine coolers are great for maturing of wine, and they are built to last many years. IP-Industries produce unique handmade wine fridges that look both elegant and exclusive. Finally, Artevino offers solid and affordable alternatives to EuroCave wine coolers. It is a separate base brand produced by EuroCave using other materials.
Installing and organising your new wine cooler
If you pick up your wine cooler yourself, it is important that it stands upright during transport. The compressor and cooling system can be damaged if the fridge lies down during transport. For that reason, you may want to consider getting your new wine cooler delivered by professionals.
When your wine cooler has been placed where it should be, you should wait 24-48 hours before you connect power to the cabinet. It is important that the wine cooler stands still after it has been transported. It also needs to be in a perfectly levelled position.
Once the fridge is ready to be filled, you should make sure that there is room for air to circulate inside the wine cooler, so you get a constant temperature throughout the cooling zone.
When you connect your wine cooler, it is important to use an earth connection plug. This is for your own safety, as some wine coolers risk breaking down otherwise. In the beginning, the wine fridge will use a lot of energy to cool down all the bottles. The cooling system runs for the first time, which means that you may experience a louder sound than normal. The fridge will also stop and start more times than normal.
Overall, a wine cooler is noisier than a conventional refrigerator. This is due to fans inside the cabinet that distributes cold air to achieve a constant temperature throughout the cooling zone.
We can guide you to the right choice
If you are unsure what variant to choose, you should read our wine cooler guide. This can help you come one step closer to finding just the right wine fridge for your requirements.
You are also more than welcome to call us or send an e-mail. We will provide you with our best advice and guidance about which wine cooler will fulfil your needs in the best way possible. Additionally, if you would like to see and experience our products first-hand, you can visit us in our showroom in Denmark.