How to store and enjoy fine wines
From when the first young vine shoots appear, right through to bottling, vintners employ great expertise, devotion and diligence to ensure that only the very best drops fill the bottles. White wines are aged in barrels or special tanks for several months, at least, before they are ready for bottling. Red wines, on the other hand, can often take several years to age and, but after that, many will still not have developed their full flavour. When kept under optimum storage conditions, wines can age and further improve in the bottle.
Consistently cool – a dream climate for your wine
Whether it's winter or summer, wine needs a consistent temperature. Your precious bottles must be protected from UV light and all kinds of fragrances and odours. Even dry air and vibration can impair the quality of the wine. In Liebherr wine cabinets, fine wines are safe in the ideal storage conditions – to guarantee pure enjoyment.
Wine expertise from Liebherr
Let it rest and mature
A hint of apple, floral notes of lilac, or a spicy bouquet reminiscent of cinnamon – wine connoisseurs use figurative descriptions to characterise the flavours and aromas found in the bouquet of a good wine. The grape variety, soil conditions and time of harvest all have a significant bearing on the wine's flavour, as does the extent and nature of the ageing processes. Delicate microbiological processes are responsible for the development of the flavour, many of which continue even after the filling stage. Wine connoisseurs refer to this as bottle ageing, and it is this process that often gives an outstanding taste to many fine wines.
During the bottle ageing stage several substances in the wine, notably acids, tannins and colorants, interact with one another, which breaks down any intensive woody notes and enables fruity flavours to further develop. Depending on the type of wine, its full flavour can take several years to develop. During this time, ambient influences such as airborne odours can distort the flavour of the wine, especially if it is stored on an open shelf in the kitchen. It is also important to realise that not every cellar makes an ideal wine cellar.
The secret to successful bottle ageing
- Wine best develops its flavour in bottles that are stored at a constantly cool temperature of between 10°C and 12°C. Heat impairs the bottle ageing process and destroys fine flavour notes.
- Oxygen, which usually penetrates bottles through dried-out corks, also impairs the ageing process.
- A humidity level of over 50% keeps corks intact – and thus the bottles remain fully sealed, so that the wine is protected.
Liebherr wine cabinets create constant storage conditions, and therefore offer the optimum environment for wine that is being aged in the bottle.
Creating the best possible storage conditions
A high-quality wine must have tranquil storage and controlled conditions as, only under such circumstances can complex aromas and flavour nuances develop in the bottle. Vibrations, odours and UV light all interfere with this development process. For example, UV light can trigger biochemical processes in the wine, which cause its taste and colour to deteriorate. Vibrations caused by footfall can also damage this sensitive product - if the wine molecules are disturbed in this way, the natural ageing process will be affected.
High-end technology for wine aficionados
The latest climate technology The perfect temperature
Stored in Liebherr wine cabinets, your wine is protected against harmful storage conditions. To facilitate flexible use, many of the wine cabinets can be set to between +5°C and +20°C. Innovative technology ensures that the bottles are stored at a constant temperature. Quality wine develops its full depth of flavour within an optimum temperature range of +10°C to +12°C.
Activated charcoal filter Safe from odours
If odours penetrate the bottle, they are absorbed into the wine and impair its flavour. The activated charcoal filter that is fitted in our wine cabinets ensures that your precious wine bottles are surrounded by air that is untainted by odours.
Protection against UV light Protected against radiation
UV light can spoil wine. The UV resistant insulated glass doors on our wine cabinets prevent UV rays from entering the appliances. In the interior, LED lights bathe the bottles in gentle light to beautifully present your wine.
Vibration damping Low-vibration storage
Even slight vibration, such as that caused by footfall, can disturb the ageing process of wine. Our wine cabinets are equipped with low-vibration compressors, vibration-damping components and, in the case of our top models, a SoftSystem closing mechanism. With this sort of tranquility, wine can be safely stored for a long time – until the right opportunity comes along to raise a glass.
Wooden shelves Clearly arranged, sophisticated and untreated
To have the perfect wine for every occasion, wine connoisseurs keep a selection of bottles at the ready. The presentation shelves make it easy to find the wine that you're looking for and, in our Vinidor models, the shelves are mounted on telescopic rails, making access to the back rows extremely easy.
Enjoy every sip
The moment of truth has arrived: your fine wine has been uncorked. Correctly stored, it will have developed its full flavour and, to be enjoyed at its best now, it will have been brought to just the right serving temperature before opening.
What is the optimum serving temperature?
Red wine is served at a temperature of between 14°C and 18°C, and generally, the older the wine, the higher the temperature. Dry, crisp white wine should be chilled to 8°C. More mature and heavier bodied white wines develop their flavour up to 12°C, while sweet wines should be served at a slightly cooler temperature of between 6°C and 8°C. And to enjoy the fizz of champagne or sparkling wine on the palate, it should be chilled at least to 8°C. However, at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal taste, so why not experiment with different serving temperatures and find out what you enjoy the most?
Decant or aerate?
Not all wines benefit from lively pouring into a carafe. Red wines that have been stored for a long time should be carefully poured into a narrow decanter to separate the sediment from the wine. Contact with oxygen, which can oxidise and spoil older wines, should be minimised by using containers with as small a surface area as possible.
On the other hand, young red wines should be poured into a carafe, and enjoyed while still youthful and at their best. The contact with oxygen, which occurs by pouring them into a bulbous carafe, enables them to develop their flavour and become more harmonious.
Which shaped glass for which wine?
The shape of the glass also has a huge impact on the enjoyment of the wine. Mature red wines unfurl their bouquet in large, bulbous glasses. Curvaceous glasses emphasise the fruity notes of young white wines. Champagne fizzes and sparkles most impressively in slender flutes. The fluted shape prevents the carbon dioxide from dissipating too quickly and enables the champagne to effervesce.
From optimum serving temperature to the choice of the right glass: wine is one of the oldest cultural commodities and drinking it should provide real pleasure. Liebherr wine cabinets ensure that wine can be both optimally stored and served at the perfect temperature – so you can have the right bottle ready for every occasion, and can truly enjoy your wine.
Vinidor appliances feature two or three wine safes, each of which can be independently set to between +5°C and +20°C. This offers you optimum flexibility with how you use them. For example, it's possible to simultaneously store red wine, white wine and champagne, all at their perfect serving temperatures. In addition, Vinidor wine cabinets also offer the ideal climate conditions for long-term wine storage and, with the varied sizes of the wine safes and adjustable temperature controls, these appliances are suitable for housing any wine collection.Vinidor wine cabinet range
Wine storage cabinets
Wine storage cabinets create similar storage conditions to a wine cellar. A constant, electronically controlled temperature exists throughout the interior. This makes our wine storage cabinets ideal for long-term storage and wine ageing. Additionally, because their temperature can be adjusted between +5°C and +20°C, they can also be used to store a larger stock of wine bottles at the perfect serving temperature. The Liebherr GrandCru and Vinothek ranges offer wine storage cabinets in a variety of sizes and designs.Wine storage cabinet range