We all have a fridge in our home which keeps our food and drinks cold. So surely a fridge is fine for storing wine? If you answered yes to the question, I’m afraid you have been misled.
Whilst a fridge might be a temporary solution for chilling a sparkling wine or champagne for a dinner party, a fridge is not the right place to store your wine for serving, even more so when it comes to long term storage and premium vintages. Generally fridge temperature is 4°C or below which is actually colder than recommended storage and serving temperatures of white or red wine.
This is why in the 1980s Liebherr used their knowledge of refrigeration to expand their range to include wine cellars. An appliance specifically designed and manufactured to house wine for both serving and storage. So what makes a wine cellar different from a fridge? There are five principal points; Constant Temperature, Ideal Humidity, Perfect Air Quality, Vibration Free and UV Protection.
Liebherr wine cellars maintain precise temperatures between 5°C to 20°C. Minimising temperature variance is vital when it comes to long term storage to ensure wine is aged correctly.
Liebherr wine cellars guarantee ideal conditions for the suppleness of the cork and the prevention of oxidization, with ideal humidity between 50% – 80% depending on ambient humidity.
Perfect Air Quality
Every zone within a Liebherr wine cellar has an activated charcoal filter to assist in maintaining perfect air quality which is decisive for preserving and maturing wine. Natural untreated beech wood shelves are also important as there are no chemical aromas introduced into the environment which can influence the wines flavour. Perfect air quality also reduces the instance of mould on corks and labels stored long term.
To prevent wine from being disturbed all compressors are mounted on ‘isolation blocks’ designed to absorb vibrations.
Whilst selected models feature solid doors, all Liebherr glass door wine cellars are tinted and double glazed to prevent harmful ultraviolet rays causing discolouration to labels and unwanted reactions to your wine.
Recommended Storage and Serving Temperatures
5°C to 7°C – Champagne and Sparkling Wine
8°C to 10°C – White Wine
11°C – Storage of all Wine Varieties
11°C to 13°C – Rose and Dessert Wine
14°C to 18°C – Red Wine
If you consider yourself a wine connoisseur and do not already have a wine cellar perhaps it’s time you asked yourself why not? If you are not storing your wine correctly, you might be disappointed when you open that next precious drop. We can guarantee you will not be disappointed if it’s been stored in a Liebherr wine cellar.