What Is Considered A Large Wine Refrigerator?

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Written By Charlie Henney

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





A wine fridge is a particularly good and reliable solution for storing and cooling your wine collection, so that it remains in perfect condition. As a wine lover, you might be interested in purchasing a large wine fridge, but maybe you’re unsure about what is considered to be large, medium or small sized.

Well, that is why we have written this article, to assist you in understanding what a large wine cooler is and whether it is appropriate for you and your needs/requirements.

With that said, let us delve deeper into what can be considered a large wine cooler.


What is considered to be a large wine fridge?

Despite the lack of a clear definition, a large wine cooler is one with a large bottle storage capacity, ranging from about 50 bottles (Bordeaux wine bottles) to more than 300 bottles. These units are always powered by a compressor cooling system, with thermoelectric systems not being suitable for powering such a vast internal space, potentially with multiple temperature zones.

Who is a large wine cooler ideal for?

A large wine fridge frequently comes with either a single or multiple cooling zones, making it ideal for wine collectors, wine sommeliers, and wine connoisseurs who have extensive wine collections, including expensive (and potentially rare) wines, so that they can store everything in one physical unit.

This is not only convenient, but because manufacturers recognize that these units are used to store expensive wines, they are built with the highest quality components to ensure a long life span.

Large wine fridges are also ideal for commercial establishments due to their size and bottle storage capacity. These refrigerators can hold a lot of wine and have temperature controls that allow you to store different types of wines at different temperatures. As a result, if you own a restaurant or a bar, these units are extremely useful for keeping your inventory stocked and ensuring that your customers can find the wine they’re looking for.


What are the benefits of a large wine refrigerator?

There are numerous advantages and benefits of owning a large wine cooler, and we’ll go over some of them right now.

1) Durable and very reliable

As briefly mentioned above, these types of units are frequently expensive, and as a result, manufacturers are able to build them with the highest-quality parts and components, ensuring that they are reliable in their cooling capability (maintaining a consistent temperature throughout) and overall lifespan.

2) Exceptionally convenient for storing an entire wine collection

With such a large bottle capacity, a large wine fridge simply allows one to store their entire collection of red wine and white wine in one physical unit… How so? Most large wine refrigerators have multiple cooling zones (also known as dual zone wine coolers), which means you can chill different types/varieties of wine at different temperatures, best suited to that particular type of wine. For example, your pinot grigio and pinot noir require different cooling temperatures.

3) Very vertatile

Given their wine bottle capacity, large wine fridges can be used not only in your home, but also in commercial settings such as bars, restaurants, and even nightclubs, making them extremely versatile in application.

4) Adds flair to any bar/kitchen

Because of the high cost of these units, manufacturers will include all the bells and whistles, such as extremely sleek-looking designs, beautifully lit LED lighting, high-quality shelving, and some even come with display shelving.

Overall, these wine storage units can add some flair to a home kitchen or bar area. You could also easily store such a unit in a wine cellar.



We hope this article has clarified what a large wine fridge is, as well as who it is best suited for and the advantages of owning one. If you’re a wine enthusiast and enjoy wine as much as we do, please connect with us on social media, send us an email, and provide feedback on our blog/blog post.

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