We all have a refrigerator in our home, it keeps all our foods and beverages cool, so surely a fridge is fine for storing your wine? If you answered yes to this question, then I am afraid you have been misled.
Whilst, a refrigerator 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 of premium vintages. Generally, refrigerator temperature is 4°C or below which is colder than recommended storage and serving temperatures of white or red wines.
This is why in the 1980s Liebherr used their knowledge of refrigeration to expand their range to include wine cellars. An appliance specifically designed for purpose and manufactured to house wine for both serving and storage.
So, what makes Liebherr wine cellars different from a fridge?
There are five principal points; Constant Temperature, Ideal Humidity, Perfect Air Quality, Vibration Free and UV Protection.
Constant Temperature 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.
Ideal Humidity 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 the 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 beechwood 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.
Vibration Free To prevent wine from being disturbed all compressors are mounted on ‘isolation blocks’ designed to absorb vibrations.
UV Protection 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.