Defined elegance: how to choose the best wine refrigerator

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French-born wine merchant André Simon said wine makes every meal an occasion. He said it makes every table more elegant, and every day more civilized.

He was right.

That said, a fine bottle of wine is only as good as the wine cooler fridge it is stored in.

Because of this, experts recommend investing in a high-end wine fridge cabinet. This will not only protect your wine and maximise enjoyment, it will also increase the value of your home.

But with so many options on the market, choosing the best wine fridge can be like trekking through a minefield.

We made things simple by curating an essential guide to selecting the best wine coolers on sale for you.

As Ernest Hemingway said: “A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine”.

Secure your investment

Bar counter with a letter standee that spells out the word "wine."
Wine is one of the few items you can buy that can increase in value with proper storage.

Like gold bullion and fine art, investment wine can improve over time. In fact, it is seen as an alternative investment to stocks, bonds, and property.

One reason is the wine market can provide consistent returns in the double-digit range. This makes it ideal for everyday investors looking to diversify their portfolios.

According to Cult Wines, the top 10 investment wines from 2009 to 2019 outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 35%.

However, fine wine can only improve under very specific storage conditions.

This includes making sure that light and temperature are controlled with pinpoint accuracy. The same goes for humidity and vibration

Only a purpose-built wine refrigerator can mimic these wine cellar conditions.

Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000 Bordeaux
Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000 Bordeaux

Take the Chateau Mouton Rothschild 2000 Pauillac Bordeaux for example. This investment wine currently trades at an average price of R39 000 per bottle.

At that price, investing in a high-end wine refrigerator is worth every penny.

Chart showing the top 10 investment wines outperforming the S&P 500 by more than 35%.
In the decade 2009 to 2019, the top 10 investment wines outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 35%.

Add to that the forecasted growth in your wine investment. Suddenly, investing R13 999 in a SnoMaster 46 bottle dual zone wine fridge becomes easy.

Wine storage technology

A pair of wine glasses amidst festive decorations.
Different kinds of wine should be kept at different temperatures to bring out the best in them. Only a dual-zone wine cooler can achieve this.

Correct storage and wine ageing enhances its taste. It also brings the rich aromas of your wine to the fore.

Conversely, vibration disturbs the sediment in the wine and affects the natural ageing process.

The SnoMaster range of wine refrigerators is expertly designed to cool, preserve, and age wine on both home and commercial scales.

They offer ultra-quiet, low vibration cooling paired with luxury finishes and tinted tempered glass doors.

Designed to perform in the hot Sough African climate, the SnoMaster range of wine refrigerators can maintain the internal temperature up to 43 degrees Celsius.

Thanks to this, you can enjoy your favourite wine and Champagne at the perfect temperature.

Furthermore, they come with a five-year warranty on the compressors and a three-year warranty on the units.

Simply put, the SnoMaster wine refrigerators tick all the boxes.

Pro Series

SnoMaster’s flagship range of luxury wine cooler fridges consists of five models. Each one is the culmination of years spent perfecting wine storage and ageing technology.

1. SnoMaster 94 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler (R19, 999). SKU: VT-94PRO

SnoMaster VT-94PRO 94 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Features:

  • Adjustable beechwood sliding shelves
  • Auto air fan function
  • Auto defrost
  • Automatic control panel lock
  • Circulation fan cooling
  • Compressor cooled
  • Digital touch control
  • Dual-zone
  • Front louvre design for discharging
  • Internal LED light
  • Low vibration
  • Reverse door swing
  • Tempered glass
  • Storage Volume: 270 litres
  • Capacity: 94 Bottle Storage
  • Upper Temp Zone Range: 2⁰C to 12⁰C
  • Lower Temp Zone Range: 12⁰C to 20⁰C

2. SnoMaster 176 Litre Double Door Beverage/Wine Cooler (R18, 499). SKU: VT19 Pro

SnoMaster VT19 Pro 176 Litre Double Door Wine and Beverage Cooler

Features:

  • Adjustable beechwood sliding shelves
  • Auto defrost
  • Both sides lockable
  • Digital thermostat
  • Internal display light
  • Auto Internal fan for air circulation
  • Stainless steel beverage door
  • Temp range setting
  • Tempered glass door
  • Storage Volume: 176 litres
  • Capacity Left: 34 Bottle Storage
  • Capacity Right: 95L Beverage Cooler
  • Temp Range Left: 5⁰C to 10⁰C
  • Temp Range Right: 2⁰C to 10⁰C

3. SnoMaster 46 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Chiller (R13, 999). SKU: VT 46 Pro

SnoMaster VT 46 Pro 46 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Features:

  • Adjustable beechwood sliding shelves
  • Auto defrost
  • Black cabinet
  • Blue interior LED lights
  • Brother/sister combination with the VT-41PRO
  • Dual-zone
  • Auto Internal fan for air circulation
  • Temp range setting 2⁰C to 20⁰
  • Tempered glass with digital temperature

4. SnoMaster 181 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Chiller (R34, 999). SKU: VT181 Pro

SnoMaster VT181 Pro 181 Bottle High quality Dual Zone Wine Cooler

Features:

  • Adjustable beechwood sliding shelves
  • Auto defrost
  • Automatic control panel lock
  • Circulating fan
  • Compressor cooled
  • Digital touch control
  • Dual-zone
  • Front louver design for discharging
  • Internal LED light
  • Low vibration
  • Storage Volume: 490 litres
  • Capacity: 181 Bottle Storage
  • Temp Range Top: 2⁰C to 10⁰
  • Temp Range Bottom: 12⁰C to 22⁰

5. SnoMaster 145 Litre Under Counter Beverage Cooler (R13, 499). SKU: VT41 Pro

SnoMaster VT41Pro 145 Litre Undercounter Beverage Cooler

Features:

  • Beverage/Wine Chiller
  • Black Cabinet
  • Tempered Glass with Digital Temperature Display
  • Temp Range Setting
  • Auto Defrost
  • Auto Internal Fan for Air Circulation
  • 3 Metal Shelves with Wooden Trim
  • Store up to 180 cans
  • Blue Interior LED Lights
  • Brother Sister Combination with VT-46PRO
  • Storage Volume: 145 litres
  • Temp Range: 2⁰C to 20⁰
  • Capacity: 46 Bottle Storage

Single Zone Wine Coolers

Simplicity at its best.

These single zone wine coolers carry the SnoMaster Pedigree of efficient and reliable cooling, storage, and ageing of wines

1. SnoMaster 140 Bottle SingleZone Wine Cooler (R34, 999). SKU: VT 181(1)

SnoMaster VT 181(1) 140 Bottle Single Zone Wine Cooler

Features

  • Adjustable shelves
  • Auto defrost
  • Automatic control panel lock
  • Compressor cooled
  • Digital touch control
  • Front-facing wine label display
  • Front louvre design for discharging
  • Internal LED light
  • Low vibration
  • Tempered glass
  • StorageVolume: 490 litres
  • Capacity: +-140 Bottle Storage
  • Temp Range: 2⁰C to 20⁰

Dual Zone Wine Coolers

If you are going to store red, white, or Rosé wines, then a dual-zone wine cooler is the way to go. It works for Champagnes too.

1. SnoMaster 46 Bottle Dual Zone Wine Cooler (R11, 999). SKU: VT 46

SnoMaster VT46 46 Bottle Dual Zone Undercounter Wine Cooler

Features

  • Adjustable beechwood sliding shelves
  • Auto air fan function
  • Auto defrost
  • Automatic control panel lock
  • Brother/sister combination with the VT-41H
  • Circulating fan cooling
  • Compressor cooled
  • Digital touch control
  • Dual-zone
  • Front louver design for discharging
  • Internal LED light
  • Low vibration
  • Reverse door swing
  • Tempered glass
  • Storage Volume: 145 litres
  • Capacity: 46 Bottle Storage
  • Upper Temp Zone Range: 2⁰C to 12⁰C
  • Lower Temp Zone Range: 12⁰C to 20⁰C

2. SnoMaster Triple Door Wine Cooler (R55, 000) SKU: SMCTB-200

SnoMaster SMCTB-200 415 Litre Dual Zone Wine refrigerator

All-in-one versatility.

This 2 in 1 beverage fridge and dual-zone wine cooler features 3 separate compartments. These give you every option you need for storing, cooling, and displaying your collection.

Features

  • Adjustable beechwood sliding shelves
  • Auto air fan function
  • Auto defrost
  • Automatic control panel lock
  • Circulating fan cooling
  • Compressor cooled
  • Digital touch control
  • Front louvre design for discharging
  • Internal LED light
  • Low vibration
  • Reverse door swing
  • Tempered glass

SMCTB-200

  • Storage Volume: 415 litres
  • Upper Storage unit Temp Range: 5⁰C to 18⁰C
  • Lower Storage unit Temp Range: 2⁰C to 10⁰C

SMCTB-200(1)

  • Storage Volume: 395 litres or 116 Bottle
  • Temp Range: 5⁰C to 10⁰C
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