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What is wine maturing?

It is the time required for wine to improve and reach optimal quality, which is called its prime. This period can take from 2 to over 20 years, depending on: the type of wine, its rate of alcohol, its acidity and vintage.
In the case of maturing, it is essential that all the requirements governing optimal wine maturing are observed. Indeed, if just one of these requirements is not observed, the wine is at risk.
N.B., it should be noted that, as is the case for a real, underground cellar, all wines mature at the same temperature.
Maturing is therefore storing wine in the long term.

What is wine storage?

It is keeping wine for a short period of time (2/3 years). In this case, the requirements governing optimal wine maturing are not all important, such as, for example, “indirect light”.
The process which degrades wine because of this factor only occurs in the long term, it does not have any harmful effects in the short term.
Storage is therefore keeping wine in the short term.

What is wine serving?

It is preparing wine so that it is at the correct serving temperature. By way of example, champagne is served at 6/7°C, sweet white wine at 7/8°C, dry white wine, rosé at 8/9°C, fruity white wine at 10/12°C, a light red at around 14°C, a Burgundy-type red at around 16°C and a tannic red wine (Bordeaux) at around 17/18°C.
A genuine wine serving cabinet must therefore be able to offer temperatures staggered from 6 - 20°C.
Serving wine is therefore preparing wine for serving.

Can you fit a wine maturing cabinet with a glass door?

For a serious wine enthusiast and insofar as wine does not tolerate light, whether direct or indirect, any wine cabinet fitted with a glass door will be dedicated to wine serving or storage but not maturing.
If this cabinet is intended for maturing, it will be necessary to take the precaution of storing the bottles intended for maturing at the back of the cabinet so that the bottles at the front prevent the light from reaching the bottles stored behind them.

What is the charcoal filter in a wine cabinet for?

The charcoal filter filters the air entering the wine cabinet, this is its only function.
The average cost of a filter, depending on the brand, is approximately €35 - 40 and it is recommended that you replace it every 6 to 12 months.
Thanks to the principle of the heat pump, a charcoal filter is not required in an ArteVino wine cabinet. This therefore represents a saving of approximately €700 - 800 over 10 years (€35 - 40 x 2 x 10).

What is the cold temperature function for?

It is a heater activated when the outside temperature falls below 10°C. In this way, the wine temperature remains stable even if the cabinet is placed in a cold environment, such as a garage in wintertime.
If using air-conditioning, when warm air is produced at the bottom and cold air produced at the top, the cold temperature function is automatically activated.

Mixing air and vibrations

Mixing air is produced thanks to a fan. This moving part produces a small amount of vibration and noise. Furthermore, since noise is a sound wave, therefore a shock wave, it is a vibration.
This vibration, added to that produced by the fan, is harmful to long-term wine maturing.
Because of their design, ArteVino cabinets do not use a fan to circulate air inside the cabinet.

The maturing temperature

By maturing temperature, we mean the temperature in which the wines develop. The ideal maturing temperature is 12°C and should always be between 10 and 14°C.
Below 10°C, wines develop little or not at all.
Above 14°C, wines could develop too quickly and begin maceration again.
It is important to remember that as is the case in a real, underground cellar, all wines, whether they are white red or rosé, are stored and mature at the same temperature.

Serving temperatures

Often confused with the maturing temperature, serving temperatures are essential for allowing wine to express its flavours and aromas. All wines must be served at different temperatures.
Indeed, a sparkling wine is served at around 6°, whereas a tannic red at around 19°. And between these two extremes fall all the others (rosé 8/9°C, dry white 9/10°C, fruity white at around 12°C, light red 13/14°C, a more full-bodied red at around 16°C).
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The adjustable temperature of a wine cabinet

By the adjustable temperature of the cabinet, we mean the possibility of modifying the recommended setting in order to obtain a temperature different from the one initially programmed.

The temperature setting range of a cabinet

By temperature setting range, we mean the extent of setting that is possible for the cabinet.
For example, a cabinet pre-set at the factory at 12°C, which the manufacturer states has a setting range of 8 - 17°C, means that it is possible to modify the setting to obtain a (single) temperature of 8°, 11° and 16°C amongst others.
This possibility is only of interest to a restauranteur who wants to turn a single-temperature maturing cabinet into a single-temperature serving cabinet which would prepare a single category of wines for serving (cabinet for red wine, for example).

The temperature range

The temperature range concerns multi-temperature wine cabinets that offer temperatures staggered from 6/7°C at the bottom to 19/20°C at the top. At each level, the cabinet offers a different temperature from 6°C at the bottom to 20°C at the top.
All these temperatures correspond to the temperatures essential for serving all wines.

Climate class

The climate class indicates the range of outside temperatures (operating ambient temperature range) defined by the manufacturer for correct operation. Below or above these values, the performance of the appliances is affected.
This class, which must be shown on the appliance’s product identification label, is for information purposes only.
For information, the classes are as follows: N (from +16 to +32°C), SN (from +10 to +32°C), ST (from +18 to +38°C), T (from +18 to +43°C), SN-T (from +10 to +38°C) SN-ST (from +10 to +43°C).
It is worth noting that some appliances operate at temperatures much lower than the most favourable class. Which is the case for all ArteVino maturing cabinets which guarantee a correct temperature inside the cabinet at outside temperatures that can drop to up to 0°C.
The most reliable information is “the operating ambient temperature range”.

The operating ambient temperature range

It is the information essential for knowing what kind of environment you can install your cabinet in.
As far as ArteVino wine cabinets are concerned, you should note that:
Maturing cabinets (single-temperature) can be installed in an environment with a temperature of 0 - 35°C.
Multifunctional cabinets (3-temperature) can be installed in an environment with a temperature of 12 - 30°C.
Wine serving cabinets (multi-temperature) can be installed in an environment with a temperature of 12 - 30°C.

What is the different between an Oxygen and a Cosy model?

The Oxygen range is a range of wine cabinets developed to optimise storage capacity. For free-standing installation. A very large range, it offers three different sizes, different cabinet body colours and the choice of functionality you are looking for.
The COSY range is a compact range developed to fit into all spaces. It can be installed flush-fitted under the worktop or stand alone and offers a stylish, understated design to accentuate your wine.

Where can I see or buy an ArteVino wine cabinet?

Our ArteVino wine cabinets are distributed in different countries worldwide.
In France, the cabinets are displayed in Darty and Boulanger stores which sell the brand. You can also buy an ArteVino cabinet from the sites of our approved stockists.
Find the list of ArteVino stockists

How to choose a wine cabinet?

Several criteria should be considered when choosing a wine cabinet. First of all, what are your requirements? What will you use it for? Do you want to mature your wine or store it at the correct serving temperature? Next, you must decide what bottle capacity you require. Then what type of installation you want. And finally, which room you want to place your wine cabinet in, in order to choose the finish. For further details, take a look at our cabinet selection guide.

What is the difference between a single-temperature, multi-temperature, 2 or 3-temperature cabinet?

The difference between these cabinets resides in their functionality.
A single-temperature cabinet by definition only has one, same temperature throughout the cabinet. This cabinet is designed to mature wine. The inside temperature of around 12°C helps wine to mature in optimal conditions.
A multi-temperature cabinet or wine serving cabinet, is a cabinet which has a temperature gradient allowing your bottles to be brought to an ideal serving temperature. The purpose of this cabinet is to store bottles for quite a short period of time.
2 or 3-temperature cabinets are cabinets fitted with different, separate compartments each having a different functionality: a cooling compartment, a maturing compartment and for 3-temperature cabinets, a compartment for bringing the wine to room temperature.
For further details, take a look at our wine cabinet guide!

Can my cabinet’s lighting damage my wine?

Our wine cabinets’ lighting is provided by LEDs. A type of lighting which does not emit heat and is not harmful to your wine.

 

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