How design-savvy homeowners are after cool ways to chill wine

KitchensFeatures Thu 20th Apr 2023 by Sally Smith

How design-savvy homeowners are after cool ways to chill wine

How design-savvy homeowners are after cool ways to chill wine

Feature by Sally Smith | Thu 20th Apr 2023

Sally is a freelance interiors journalist with over 10 years' experience, specialising in kitchens and bathrooms. She contributes to many of the national home and interiors publications, and has a background in both consumer and B2B PR. More

As home entertaining has increased in popularity, consumers are now after cool wine-chilling solutions as an integral part of their kitchen design – Sally Smith takes a look at the latest products on the market.

Wine coolers are fast becoming an essential kitchen appliance, as consumers are now preferring to enjoy a chilled glass of wine in the comfort of their own homes, and this has been reflected in retailer sales of dedicated wine fridges increasing significantly in recent years.

In fact, Rangemaster saw wine cabinet sales rise by 50% throughout the pandemic period. Robert Stein, product manager for appliances at Rangemaster, says: "The wine cabinet and cooler market is performing well – people are definitely investing more in appliances that help them entertain guests. To help secure a sale retailers should always highlight to potential customers that wine is particularly susceptible to light and heat. The UV-filtered glass door of a wine cabinet protects the wine from sunlight and also helps to maintain a steady internal temperature."

The 60cm undercounter dual-zone wine cabinet from Rangemaster has two temperature zones; a 4-12C upper zone for whites and rosés, and 12-22C for Merlots or Malbecs, with an anti-vibration system and a triple-glazed UV-filtered glass door, this is an ideal choice for a discerning wine lover

The Wi6161 Sense Premium Undercounter Wine Cooler from Caple has dual temperature zones. "Wine coolers come with additional features such as no-frost cooling technology, UV protection, and touch controls, which enhance the overall quality of wine storage. Retailers should also highlight the efficiency of wine coolers in comparison to storing wine in a regular refrigerator," says Gemma Rees, Caple’s marketing manager.

Design-conscious customers will love Caple’s Sense Premium integrated undercounter dual-zone wine cooler. It comes with a fully bespoke furniture door to match any style of kitchen cabinet and shelves can accommodate 750ml Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne bottles

Hugo Prado, regional communications brand manager for Liebherr UK, adds: "If retailers are better educated on the genuine benefits a dedicated wine fridge can provide, they will have far less problems upselling it to the customer. There has been extensive research and development around the ideal storage, temperatures, optimum air quality, ways of protecting wine from harmful UV rays and disturbances that ‘shake-up’ sediment."

Liebherr’s undercounter wine fridge with a PowerChill function that rapidly cools newly stored bottles of wine to the ideal serving temperature; an active charcoal function and SmartDevice box for remote appliance control will suit customers who enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a busy day

Jo Jackson, product manager at Fisher & Paykel, agrees that it’s vital to get across to potential customers the USPs of a wine cooler. "Explain to them the importance of temperature control when storing their wine, as significant temperature fluctuations can significantly affect the taste of wine over time. If storage temperatures are excessively high this can reduce the wine's aromatic elements, speed up maturation and if too low can prevent wines from developing to their full potential," Jackson adds.

A wine connoisseur's dream chiller, the Fisher Paykel Series 11, 61cm integrated column wine cabinet has two independently controlled variable temperature zones, and each zone has four wine modes within it to create the optimum environment to store and preserve any vintage wine

Customers who are looking to invest in these mid-to-higher range appliances prefer to see the range models on offer in the showroom. Anna Batten, product manager at Smeg says: "Whether customers are looking to store a small or large collection of wine, it’s vital retailers explain the innovative features that are available; such as UV-protected glass to prevent sun damage, vibration-free motor that does not disturb the sediment found in wines, and charcoal filters to prevent any cooking odours from tainting the cork."

Smeg SCV115A Freestanding Wine Cooler has an impressive 115 bottle capacity and is a great option for a serious wine collector who has a larger open-plan space or dedicated wine room – standing 185cm and 60cm wide it offers a UV glass door and an active carbon filter to perfectly preserve the wine

If a wine cabinet is to be an integral part of the kitchen design, ideally it needs to match other appliances. Ricky Davies, MD of Sub-Zero & Wolf UK & Europe, says: "One of the stand-out USPs of our wine coolers is they can be paired with our full-size and undercounter refrigeration range. Our undercounter wine cabinets have also been making their way out of the kitchen and into other areas of the home; pool houses, studies, dressing rooms and even bathrooms."

Sub-Zero & Wolf’s undercounter wine storage will suit a cool customer who wants to build their own cocktail-style home bar, with UV resistant glass doors and easy-glide racks that will store half bottles of wine as well as magnums, along with a dessert wine rack and independent temperature zones for reds and whites

The Dunavox Flow-17 undercounter model is a stylish and practical wine-chilling solution for a smaller wine collection with capacity for 17 bottles, dual temperature zone, humidity controlled, vibration free storage with touchscreen and UV lighted protected glass doors ideal for the smaller kitchen layout

And it’s not just about storing wine – for some customers a kitchen design needs to cater for presenting and serving chilled wine to guests. The Kaelo wine chiller creates the ultimate wow factor in a kitchen. Kaelo’s inventor and founder, Kevin Jabou explains: "The key function of our product is to maintain the original temperature of a bottle of wine when you have opened it. We’ve noticed home bars are a real trend and part of that is having a fully stocked wine fridge, and next to it a perfectly chilled bottle housed in our integrated ‘Crown’ unit within the kitchen island."

Kaelo’s Curved Design ‘Crown’ is shown here in polished stainless steel – the Kaelo Plus has a red wine and boost mode, and a new expanded lighting palette. An individual wine bottle chiller available curved, flushed or undermounted is ideal for an island unit created for entertaining; the customer will need to incorporate a 155mm hole in the worktop near a mains socket

And finally, if your customer likes to party this Accessory Trough from The 1810 Company is the perfect kitchen island accessory. 

Available in 900mm and 1,200mm and manufactured from 1.2mm-thick steel, the trough can be undermounted, flushfit or inset, and includes a waste kit, so can be plumbed in if required. It’s available in Gold Brass, Copper, Gunmetal, and Stainless Steel PVD finishes, as well as the new on-trend Matt Black

Tags: kitchens, features, wine coolers, wine storage, rangemaster

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