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Guide to wine refrigerators

How can wine be optimally cooled without quality degradation? This question is posed by both private wine lovers and commercial restaurateurs alike. The answer is a wine refrigerator, which not only displays the wine appealingly, but also takes into account the individual storage and cooling requirements of different wine varieties. Klarstein has a wide selection of wine refrigerators and has the right model for every connoisseur.

- Mixed climate zones -

Vinsider 24D

This gem among wine refrigerators allows wine lovers to store up to 24 bottles of different types of wine in parallel, as it is a 2-zone refrigerator. White wine and red wine have different storage temperatures and can be perfectly tempered with this model. The annual electricity costs with this model are in the middle range and are therefore good for both the environment and the pocketbook at the same time.

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Vinsider 24D Wine Refrigerator

699.99 €

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Vinamour 40D

Due to its two individually adjustable temperature zones, the Vinamour 40D offers the great advantage of optimally cooling different types of wine simultaneously. A total of 41 bottles can be stored in the refrigerator. The upper zone is reserved for white wine with 7 - 12 ° C and the other zone for red wine with 12 - 18 ° C.

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Vinamour 40D wine refrigerator 2 zones 135 L

489.99 €

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- Good things come in small packages - space-saving refrigerators -

Reserva Piccola Wine Refrigerator - 8 bottles

This low-cost refrigerator is ideal for private wine enjoyment. Compact and elegant, this stylish refrigerator provides space for 8 wine bottles. In addition to the design, this refrigerator is particularly impressive thanks to the touch control with intuitive operation, which allows a temperature adjustment between 8 and 18 ° C. The removable shelf insert enables easy cleaning, and with a volume level of 30 decibels, this refrigerator is relatively quiet in operation. A special feature of this wine refrigerator is the double-insulated glass door. As a result, UV rays are weakened and have no effect on the wine aroma.

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Reserva Picola Wine Fridge 25L 8 Bottles Black

109.99 €

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Wine Refrigerator Reserva Picola Class B

This wine refrigerator is very space saving and can be integrated wonderfully into every living space. Up to eight wine bottles can be stored in the refrigerator. The wine bottles are distributed over the three shelves of the refrigerator and are highlighted by the modern interior lighting. The simple touch operation ensures optimal temperature control. With 41 decibels, this wine refrigerator is one of the quieter devices. Within only four hours, it cools down to a temperature between 8 and 18 ° C.

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Reserve Picola Class B Wine Refrigerator 8 Bottles

145.99 €

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- Good for the environment and the pocket -

Barolo Wine Refrigerator Class A

Thanks to energy efficiency class A, this model protects the environment and the pocketbook in equal measure. The small dimensions of the refrigerator allow for easy integration into the domestic environment and still provide plenty of space for a total of 16 bottles of wine. Modern interior lighting and intuitive touch operation to regulate the temperature between 8 and 18 ° C are also on board. This model has a double-insulated glass door as UV protection and adjustable stand feet, which prevent vibrations.

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Barolo Wine Refrigerator 48 Litre 16 Bottles Class A

149.99 €

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Vinovista Wine Refrigerator

This model scores with energy efficiency class A and offers space for 12 wine bottles on four floors. The internal temperature may be adjusted between 10 and 18 ° C via touch operation and is kept stable by the insulating materials and the rear hidden fan. With only 25 decibels, this device is one of the very quiet models and therefore may be perfectly integrated into your home.

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Vinovista Wine CoolerWine Fridge 12 Bottles 33l Black

198.99 €

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- Whisper quiet -

Vinamora Wine Refrigerator 35 Litres 12 Bottles LED Touch

This wine refrigerator delights with its slim dimensions and fits up to 12 wine bottles perfectly. Thanks to the low operating volume of 30 decibels, this wine refrigerator is also suitable for placement in the living room. Furthermore, the five rack inserts can be easily removed and cleaned. With a cooling temperature between 11 and 18 ° C and energy efficiency class B, this wine refrigerator is one of the most environmentally friendly models.

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Vinamora Wine Cooler 35 Liter 12 Bottles LED Touch Black

149.99 €

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Reserva Saloon

This special model is characterised by an individual design and its two glass doors, which feature double insulation to protect the wine bottles from light effects. Particularly noteworthy is the very low operating volume of 30 decibels, which makes it very easy to integrate the refrigerator into your home environment. Thanks to the elegant interior lighting, beloved wines are beautifully presented so that you can always keep them in the best view.

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Reserva Saloon Beer Wine Refrigerator 12 Bottles 40 Litre Stainless Steel LED

242.99 €

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- Maximum wine enjoyment -

Vinsider 35D

The Vinsider 35D is ideal for wine lovers and wine collectors. With space for up to 41 wine bottles, this model guarantees maximum wine enjoyment! The two different temperature zones do not have to be restricted, since white and red wines can each be stored in a temperature zone which varies between 5 and 22 ° C. This wine refrigerator is a visual highlight which easily fits into every apartment or wine shop.

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Vinsider 35D Built-in Wine Refrigerator 128 Litres 41 Bottles of Wine 2 Zones

871.99 €

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Gran Reserva

This unit is the giant among wine refrigerators - a total of 166 bottles of wine can be stored in the Gran Reserva! Thus, this model is perfect for restaurateurs and passionate wine collectors. White and red wines are optimally cooled in the various temperature zones between 5 to 12 ° C and 14 to 20 ° C. The stylish design, built-in interior lighting and touch control make this model an absolute eye-catcher.

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Gran Reserva Wine Cooler 379 Liter 166 Wine Bottles 2 Zones

1199.99 €

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Guide

Whoever loves wine attaches importance not only to the quality of the wine itself, but to the correct storage and presentation of the wines. To create the right environment for your precious bottles, it is important to combine style with technical precision. With a wine refrigerator, you can achieve both wonderfully! Klarstein wine refrigerators are not only an optical highlight for the home or restaurant, but also offer a wide range of different functions to ensure the perfect storage and the perfect enjoyment. Here is what needs to be taken into account when storage is important and a wine refrigerator is the right solution:

1. Technical alternatives to wine cellars

Many wine connoisseurs are confronted with the problem of how to provide the best storage solution for their liquid treasures. Especially those who invest in good quality will want to ensure proper storage. But how is a wine optimally stored? Four points are important for storage: Temperature, humidity, shocks and UV exposure..

Why should these storage points be taken into account? The correct storage not only slows the aging process of the wine, but also ensures that it can maintain its flavour for a long time, even after it has matured. A constant temperature and optimum humidity are the two most important factors. The wine should also be protected from shocks and UV rays. An old vaulted cellar would create the optimal and natural environment for fine wines - but unfortunately only a few houses or apartments offer a suitable cellar which could really fulfill these requirements. From temperature fluctuations to low humidity or UV radiation due to a cellar window, there are enough reasons to seek out a technical alternative - a wine refrigerator can help! Next to an old vaulted cellar, it is a very good alternative for offering wines a good home over long periods of time. Thanks to changing technology, wine refrigerators have been given the finishing technical touch in recent years to create the ideal conditions for protection and temperature.

2. Types

All wine refrigerators aren’t the same - here, too, there are different types of appliances with different models and functions. If you are considering buying a wine refrigerator as storage location, you should first get an idea of the types of appliances to choose from. On the one hand, there are the wine refrigerators or wine storage units with a controllable climate zone, which creates the ideal conditions for long-term wine storage. In addition to fresh air supply and high humidity, vibrations can be prevented with these devices. Since only one temperature zone is available, the technology is not as complex and these models are correspondingly less expensive. If you want to store different types of wine with different temperatures in the long term, you should opt for a wine refrigerator with at least two different available temperature zones. This allows you to store both white wines as well as red wines perfectly. The disadvantage of a wine refrigerator is that this appliance type is designed for short-term storage, which means that the wine should be drunk in the near future and no long-term storage is provided. The great advantage is that in addition to the different temperature zones, the perfect drinking temperature can also be achieved. The wine can be enjoyed immediately, without having to bring it to the optimal temperature before drinking.

3. Purchasing criteria

The sweet fruit has many admirers - whether enjoying it during a cosy meal with friends or a romantic dinner with your partner, wine is an integral part of everyday life. Those who are willing to spend more money on finer wines also know it is important to pay attention to the correct storage or the right wine refrigerator. Important criteria which should be considered are temperature zones, energy consumption and humidity. Here you can find a nice overview of criteria which must be considered when buying a wine refrigerator:

3.1. Size

If you want to enrich yourself with a wine refrigerator, you should consider the size as the first criterion before looking for a specific model. Where will the refrigerator be placed and how much space is there? How many bottles on average should be housed? Is there more space for a narrow and tall refrigerator or a small cube? Once you have determined this, you can choose between a built-in or a freestanding model. For example, if you want to place the refrigerator in a kitchen counter, the more cost-effective former version would be more suitable. The advantage is that the wines are in the immediate vicinity and that these devices take up little space. The obvious disadvantage is that the space is accordingly limited, and only a maximum of 20 bottles can be accommodated. It is also important to consider before purchasing whether the door stop needs to be on the left or right, or if it can be flexibly placed. Built-in refrigerators are a great thing, as even small flats can accommodate a wine fridge. A freestanding wine refrigerator can, of course, hold a large number of bottles of wine, and not only integrate flexibly into the home but also set an optical highlight. Those who have the necessary space can therefore benefit from the advantages of a freestanding model. Especially in gastronomy or in the homes of very passionate wine lovers, it may be the case that more than 200 wine bottles need to be stored. Whether narrow or wide, depending on the space available, there are now many different models to meet every need. Whether for 20 or 99 bottles - there is a right model for everyone.

3.2. Design / interior / layout

Once you have an idea of the desired size (length and width) and quantity of bottles, the next step is, of course, the design. A wine refrigerator must be able to guarantee important conditions such as temperature and low energy consumption. A wine fridge is also often a visual highlight, making not just the wines but also the home shine with presentation lighting and interior illumination. The first impression is made by the outer housing, which can be either simple, elegant or robust. Wine refrigerators which are housed in a cellar or storage room have another requirement entirely and can benefit from a simpler design. In addition to the outer housing, the interior also has to score points. The housing can be made of plastic or of stainless steel, for example. It is important to use materials which are easy to clean. Straight black cabinets with glass doors and a beautiful interior lighting make a very good impression. Another criterion is the shelves. How many levels are available, and can they be easily removed for cleaning? Are the bottles stored lying or standing? Depending on your requirements, you should think carefully about the design, both exterior and interior, as well as layout before specifically searching for the right model.

3.3. Temperature

In order to achieve optimum wine enjoyment, it is not only important to buy a good wine: the wine develops in the bottle, matures and only comes to the right state at the right time when at the right temperature. Wine collectors, hoteliers and private winemakers - all are faced with the challenge of doing just that. Before you buy, you have to ask yourself whether the wine should be at the perfect drinking temperature at all times, or whether you are looking for the possibility of storing the wine permanently so that it will continue to mature for years. In the first instance, the optimal drinking temperature varies according to wine type. A good white wine can be especially enjoyed in the summer with a meal which lighter than more substantial dishes. In the case of a white wine, the drier the wine is, the higher the drinking temperature should be, ideally between 11 ° C and 14 ° C. If you want to ripen your white wines over a long time, you should ideally simulate the changing of the seasons: slightly elevated temperatures in summer (about 8 ° C) and lower temperatures in winter (about 6 ° C). Storage in the wine cellar is taken as an example. The air humidity must also be high in order to guarantee a higher quality. Rosé wines are not suitable for long-term storage. This wine is sold shortly after bottling and should not be stored for longer than two years. The quality cannot be further improved after a maturity year. Once a bottle has been opened, it should be consumed the same day. The temperature during storage is similar to the white wine, ideally even colder between 7 ° C and 12 ° C. It is also important to note that the wine should be kept at 5 to 8 ° C before opening. Red wine enjoys a different storage temperature, which should be between 15 ° C and 18 ° C. The right drinking temperature is even as high as 20 ° C: considerably warmer than the other two wines, otherwise the full aroma will not develop. However, as with the white wine, temperature changes should be taken into account so that the full aroma can be developed. If you have stored the wine colder, you should be careful to slowly bring the wine to a warmer temperature so that the quality does not suffer. Accordingly, some wine refrigerators offer a function which allows for slow warming. If you want to have the right red wine for dinner, you should store it unopened at room temperature (just under half an hour). In general, red wines can be stored longer in the long term, since white wines mature after a maximum of a few years. If you only want to store red wines in the long term OR always want to have white wines at the optimum drinking temperature at home, you would be best suited by refrigerator with one temperature zone. If you want to store red wines in the long term but also want to have white wines always appropriately chilled in the fridge, then a wine refrigerator with two temperature zones is ideal. If you work in the catering industry, you should consider whether even more than 2 zones are necessary to offer sparkling wine or champagne at the right drinking temperature. In any case, care should always be taken to maintain a constant temperature, which is adjusted only with the seasons. If the temperature fluctuates daily, this can have a negative effect on the quality of the wine.

3.4. Humidity

The optimal humidity, which can be found in a wine cellar for the longer storage of wine bottles, can also be ensured by a wine fridge. If you want to mature your wines, you should take care to achieve a humidity between 75 and 85%. This is particularly important for wine bottles with real corks, which can shrink when the humidity is too low, thereby letting air into the wine and spoiling it. Since many people turn their backs on the natural cork these days, this point should only be taken into consideration. Fresh air supply also plays a part, which is often optimised by an activated carbon filter. Odours are thus filtered out of the air and the taste of the wine is not impaired.

3.5. Vibration

A wine not only needs to be well tempered but needs rest! Anyone who buys a wine refrigerator should consider adjustable feet, which ensure a safe stance and avoid movement of the appliance. The reason for this is that any vibrations have a negative effect on the maturing process. Also, the cooling unit running in combination with the compressor unit should run smoothly to cause as few vibrations as possible.

3.6. Light

When buying a wine refrigerator, attention must also be paid to the effects of light. If a wine is permanently exposed to beams of light, the drinking quality cannot be guaranteed over a longer period of time. Sun rays (UV light) can be harmful, as it negatively affect the wine aroma. UV protection is now provided by well-insulated glass doors with UV protection filters. The furnishing of the wine refrigerators with interior light is now harmless, since LED light does not emit UV radiation. If you really want to store wine bottles for years, you should completely avoid the use of light, even if it is artificial. Otherwise, there is no reason to avoid a design with pleasant lighting.

3.7. Noise

The airborne acoustic noise emitted by the refrigerators is given in decibels, with a compression technique being used. Continuous cooling causes noises which cannot be avoided. If you would like to place the wine refrigerator in a room where you can enjoy it more quietly, such as the living room or the kitchen, you should look for a model with a low decibel value, which should be a maximum of 40 dB. If you want to place the refrigerator in the basement or in a storage room, the noise emission does not need to factor into your decision.

3.8. Energy

Of course the price factor in terms of energy also plays an important role in the search for the right model. This applies not only to the acquisition costs, but also to the running costs incurred by a refrigerator. The two main points here are electricity consumption and energy efficiency. In order to provide consumers with a better idea of how efficiently the different models work, there is a clear indication of the energy consumption to be expected. The classification is divided into 10 classes. The highest efficiency is given to devices with the designation A +++ and the lowest efficiency is with the marking G. The lower the efficiency, the lower the designation. In addition to the exact marking on the black arrow, the label also tells you how much energy consumption in kWh per year is, how many bottles fit into the refrigerator and how high the noise is. But how much will the annual costs be? This can easily be calculated by multiplying the current electricity price of the supplier by the indicated kWh on the label. This must always be set in relation to the functions and the size of the refrigerator. The larger it is, the more costs are incurred, even if the model has a good classification. The storage location must also be considered, since a cooler environment like a cellar will have a positive effect on the performance of the wine refrigerator. If you spend more money by purchasing an energy-saving model, this saves more in the long run in terms of annual operation.

3.9. Special functions

Depending on the model, there are different functions which are very practical for one reason or another. For example, families may benefit from a child safety lock in order to prevent the child from inadvertently having access to alcohol or to protect expensive models. This can, for example, be in the form of a lock button. Another interesting feature is the temperature alarm, which is appealing to wine drinkers who enjoy drinking both red and white wines. This works, in principle, when the wine refrigerator has two temperature zones and the optimal temperature for red and white wine can be set separately. If the temperature display is still digital, there are no problems with operation.

4. Conclusion

Wine has character - that much is known. If you care about quality, storage must also be essential. In summary, there are many criteria when choosing the right wine refrigerator. Everyone should answer the following questions before going on the search for the right model:

4.1. Placement & size:

- Where will the refrigerator be placed, and how many bottles must be housed on average?
- Should it be a built-in or freestanding model?

4.2. Storage period:

- Should long-term storage be possible, or is consumption in the near future with optimal drinking temperature more important?

4.3. Model selection:

- Is a wine refrigerator with one temperature zone or two needed? This depends on whether you want to store several different types of wine.
- Does the model allow proper storage so that no UV radiation or vibrations harm the wine? Are the temperature and humidity properly adjustable?
- Which additional functions must be available, such as an anti-vibration system, child safety or interior lighting?
- Does the design have to adapt to the environment?

4.4. Costs:

- What is the maximum cost of the wine refrigerator, and what is the maximum annual cost based on energy classification?

Once well informed, you can start the search for the right wine refrigerator for you!

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