Wine coolers are the ideal way to store your wine, alongside wine cellars, wine cabinets, and wine walls. Dunavox is an award-winning wine storage and wine cooling brand, offering a variety of minimalistic and functional wine storage solution designs, with state of the art technology. Read on to learn more about the Dunavox Flow Range, including information about what wine coolers are and how they can protect your wine collection.
Wine coolers are units specifically designed for storing your wine in the best possible environment. There are several factors to consider when storing your wine - the main being temperature, sunlight, humidity, and movement. Quality wine coolers can ensure that your wine remains at the correct temperature, is protected from sunlight, has the right level of humidity, and doesn’t experience excessive vibrations.
Temperature is arguably the most important factor that you need to consider when storing your wine collection. If you’re storing your wine in the long-term, your wine cooler should be set within the temperature range of 11°C and 14°C.
However, some wine coolers offer dual or multiple temperature zones, which allows you to store your wine at two different temperatures within the same unit. This means that you can store some wine bottles in the short term for serving at one set temperature, and in the long term for ageing at another set temperature.
You can also store your reds and whites at separate temperatures, which is ideal for short-term wine storage as reds and whites have slightly different serving temperatures - red wine is best served at around 12-18°C, and white wine is best served at 8-14°C.
Wine coolers can also protect your wine from sunlight. You can find wine coolers with glass doors, or with solid doors. Solid doors keep all sunlight out, and glass doors have UV protection or are tinted to protect the contents of the wine cooler from harmful UV rays.
Sunlight can be especially harmful to wine stored in clear bottles, as clear bottles offer no UV protection. However, green and amber bottles offer some level of protection. If left unprotected from sunlight, your wine will begin to age quicker than usual and undergo unwanted chemical reactions within the body of the wine. This can leave an unpleasant taste and aroma, which can be bitter and generally unpleasant.
Most quality wine coolers also regulate the humidity levels in your wine. A little humidity is needed during wine storage to ensure the labels remain intact and the cork remains in place. Too much humidity can cause moisture to accumulate around the label and bottle, causing damage to the outside labels - which is something no collector or investor wants to occur.
However, too little humidity could dry out the cork, resulting in it slipping out of place. This can expose your wine to oxygen and the wine will begin to oxidise, which can ruin the wine quickly. The ideal humidity levels for wine storage is between 50% and 70% - so most wine coolers will regulate the humidity in this temperature range.
Some wine coolers also feature a vibration-free compressor, which not only lowers the noise output but provides a better space for your wine to be stored. Vibrations can disturb any sediment from settling in the bottle, and cause unwanted complex chemical reactions within the body of the wine.
The three designs of wine coolers are freestanding, built-in, and fully integrated. Freestanding wine coolers stand freely and aren’t suitable for built-in or integrated installation. This is because the vents are located at the rear of the unit, which means there should be a few inches of space around the rear and sides of the unit when placing it. You should also leave around 12 inches of space above the unit to ensure the air flows freely and the unit doesn’t overheat.
Built-in and integrated wine coolers are designed to be built into kitchen spaces, whether it be in kitchen cabinets, or under kitchen counters. These are usually best installed by a professional as there are specific ventilation installation requirements that should be followed - otherwise, there’s a risk of voiding the warranty.
Undercounter wine coolers are designed to be installed under kitchen counters, and often have specific installation requirements. It’s generally recommended that you measure the exact space in which you plan on installing your wine cooler before you purchase, ensuring that you leave space for ventilation.
The Dunavox Flow Range has small wine coolers that can store as little as 9 standard Bordeaux bottles, and as larger models that can store as many as 46 bottles, making this range perfect for small to medium-sized wine collections. The smallest wine coolers in this unit store just 9 bottles and don’t have a shelf, whereas the largest stores 46 bottles and is a 5-shelf model.
The standard height of the coolers in the Dunavox Flow Range is 820mm, which matches the standard door heights of kitchens. However, the width varies - for example, the DAUF-9.22SS has a width of 150mm, whereas the DAUF-46.138B has a width of 595mm. Most of the wine coolers in the Flow Range feature dual temperature zones, which is perfect when storing your wine for serving. You can store your reds in one temperature zone, and your whites in another - at their optimal storage temperatures.
Some units in this collection feature stainless steel handles that have a modern feel to them, but others feature push2open technology, which is sure to fit in with any contemporary kitchen. All you have to do is push the top corner to open the door.
The display and control panel on all of the Flow Storage Solutions is touch screen for your convenience, making it easier than ever to set the controls on your wine cooler. There are also interior LED lights so you can proudly view and display your wine collection, even in darker conditions. With each wine cooler in this collection, you receive a 3-year warranty for your peace of mind.