How Long Does Wine Last In The Fridge?

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Written By Roseanne

Charlie's been a wine enthusiast for 20+ years. He and Roseanne have a vast amount of experience and expertise in wine refrigerators.





We’ll talk about how long opened and unopened wine bottles can be kept in the refrigerator in this article.

This is a frequently asked question, and while the answer may vary slightly depending on your wine fridge and the particular wine you’re storing, the general response to it is what we’ve covered in detail below.

How Long Does Wine Last in the Fridge

Depending on whether the wine has been opened or not, the response to this query varies. As a result, we’ve offered solutions for each situation:

Opened Bottles

When kept in a wine fridge, an opened bottle of wine (whether white, red, or sparkling) typically keeps for three to five days. However, opened wine typically starts to exhibit subtle flavor changes after 1-2 days and beyond.

Sparkling wines need to be consumed a little bit sooner because they typically lose their fizz after two to three days, as the video above explains.

Wine will deteriorate and lose flavor more quickly the longer it has been opened because of the oxidation process. So you should drink the wine before it oxidizes and turns more bitter like vinegar.

It’s also crucial to remember that how long the wine stays fresh will depend significantly on how well-maintained the cork or wine stopper is.

Unopened Bottles

When properly stored, an unopened bottle of wine can last for many months, if not years. This will depend on a number of factors, including the wine’s preferred temperature range, where it is stored, how much light and vibration it is exposed to, etc.

Red wine should be kept unopened for a reasonable amount of time between 55 and 65 degrees. By doing this, you can keep the wine’s flavors and tannins for up to a year.

White wine that has not been opened should be kept between 45 and 55 degrees. However, it’s crucial to remember that if you store wine at a very low temperature, it should be given some time to warm up before serving; otherwise, the flavor will be somewhat subdued and the aromas will be diminished.

There are rumors that if some wines are kept for an exceptionally long time in storage, such as Pinot Noir, Sauvignon, and Rose Wine, their long-term taste quality will suffer. To get storage instructions, we always advise contacting the wine brand or looking up the specific brand and type of wine you’re looking to store.


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