Wine Cellar Cooling Systems

Wine Cellar Cooling Systems

Wine Cellar Cooling Systems: Maintain the Temperature Inside Your Wine Cellar

A balance of temperature and humidity is critical for the proper storage and aging of wine. Temperature affects the rate of maturation while the right humidity keeps corks in good shape. Excess moisture can lead to mold or fungal contaminations while a room that is too dry can cause corks to shrink, leading to the oxidization of wine. You can protect your investment by providing the ideal cellar environment with a state-of-the-art Wine-Mate wine cellar refrigeration system. Select from self-contained, split or ducted cooling systems, all designed specifically for proper wine storage.

Wine-Mate cooling units are proudly designed and assembled in the USA in our Henderson, NV facility.

*On each cooling unit product page you will find a link to our installation and instruction manuals. Please review before purchasing so you know what to expect when your cooling unit is installed. 

 Split Systems   Self-Contained   Ducted Wine Cooling System 

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What is a Self-Contained Cooling System

Self-contained professional-grade cooling systems by Wine-Mate are affordable and easy to use. Their sleek design will complement any wine cellar or cabinet while maintaining an environment perfect for the long-term storage of wine. This type of cellar cooling system is engineered to function with the condenser and evaporator combined inside one appliance which allows for quick installation. Vinotemp carries over a dozen versatile self-contained units with capacities as small as 90 cubic feet up to 2000 cubic feet. Here are a few of the included features:

  • Electronic control panels with LED display
  • Subtle temperature between 50~65 °F and humidity maintenance within 50~75% RH
  • Standard rear exhaust with option to upgrade to top exhaust
  • No HVAC technician required for installation


Self Contained Cooling System

What is a Split Cooling System

Wine-Mate’s Split Cooling Units are known for their efficiency and longevity. Each unit is designed to maintain a consistent temperature and humidity in spaces where proper ventilation is not feasible. The evaporator is installed inside and the condensing unit can be placed as far as 75 feet away. Since it exhausts outside, split cooling systems operate quietly and reduce vibration inside the cellar, which is believed to negatively affect the quality of wine. Here are some of the additional features:

  • Multiple options of air-cooled or water-cooled condensing unit can suit various applications
  • Sleek design keeps the unit relatively hidden inside a wine cellar or cabinet
  • Can be ceiling mounted, rack mounted, or floor mounted
  • Maintains the ideal environment for long-term wine storage
  • Optional low ambient kit, temperature control panel with heating function, wine bottle probe, and digital controller


Wine Cellar Split System

What is a Ducted Cooling System

Powerful ducted cooling systems allow you to create the perfect environment for long-term wine storage without the eyesore of a visible cooling unit inside the cellar. Using ventilation ducts, the wine cellar cooling system is installed outside. Ducted systems also produce the least amount of vibrations making them the safest and quietest choice for your wine cellar. Here are some of the additional benefits:

  • Sleek design keeps the unit relatively hidden and allows for flexibility of installation
  • Multiple options of split or package ducted cooling systems can suit various applications
  • Select units have a coverage size up to 3300 cubic feet
  • Optional low ambient kit, temperature control panel with heating function, wine bottle probe, and digital controller


Ducted Wine Cellar Cooling System

About Cellar Cooling Unit Accessories

Our cellar cooling unit accessories allow for greater customization. Vinotemp sells digital controllers, mounting clips, replacement parts, temperature control panel with heating function, wi-fi controllers, and a wine storage temperature and humidity monitor kit. You may also add the Wine-Mate Call Feature that notifies you of any temperature changes inside your cellar. Some units are compatible with the Wine Bottle Probe which measures the temperature of the liquid inside the bottle to ensure your wine is kept at the ideal temperature.

Shop Wine Cellar Cooling Systems Today!

The wine cellar cooling system is the brain and heart of the wine cellar. Vinotemp is proud to sell wine room coolers that ensure your wine is properly cooled, allowing your collection to age gracefully while increasing in value and quality. Our Wine-Mates are easy-to-install cooling units perfect for wine cabinets, custom wine cellars, and even do-it-yourself storage systems. For additional information on ducted vs. self-contained or through-the-wall units, installation, or custom design, please feel free to email us at or call us at 1-800-777-8466 .

Wine-Mate Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about Wine-Mate cooling systems, please feel free to email us or call us.

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Q: What is the best wine cellar cooling unit?
A: The best wine cellar cooling unit is one that will keep your wine collection under the best conditions. Wine cellar cooling units may be installed in a wine cellar or wine cabinet. The wine cellar must have proper insulation, doors, and seals to ensure the room maintains the proper temperature and the cellar cooling system can run efficiently. Similarly, a wine cabinet used in conjunction with a cellar cooling system will be sufficiently insulated and sealed. There are many different types of cellar cooling systems designed for a variety of installations. No matter which unit you select, it will ideally maintain a consistent temperature of 55◦F while maintaining relative humidity between 50-75◦RH.

Q: How do you cool a wine cellar?
A: There are two main types of wine cellars: passive and active. A passive wine cellar is one that maintains the temperature and humidity naturally. To prevent temperature swings, these passive wine cellars are located inside caves or underground. An active wine cellar uses a cooling system to maintain the conditions inside the wine room. Cellar cooling systems include self-contained cooling units, split systems, and ducted cooling systems. The cooling unit type may be determined by several factors, including the amount of space to cool, the cellar location, and the ambient conditions outside the wine room.

Q: How do wine cellar cooling units work?
A: Cellar cooling units consist of two parts; the cooling system or evaporator and the condensing unit. In a self-contained system, these two units are housed together. The evaporator discharges cold air into the cellar or cabinet. The condensing unit or exterior unit exhausts any hot air captured by the cooling system and is typically located outside of the wine room.

Q: What temperature should a wine cellar be?
A: Wine is delicate and requires specific conditions to age properly. The ideal temperature for wine is 55◦F with relative humidity between 50-75◦F.

Q: How do you cool a wine cellar?
A: If your wine cellar does not naturally maintain a consistent temperature of 55℉, you will need a cellar cooling system. When installed in a properly insulated space, a cellar cooling system will maintain a steady temperature and, depending on the cooling unit, help maintain relative humidity.

Q: How do wine cellar cooling units work?
A: A wine cellar cooling unit operates similarly to a standard air conditioner. Cold air is pushed into the wine room while hot air is exhausted.

Q: Do you need to cool a wine cellar?
A: Wine ages best in a room where the temperature is a consistent 55℉. Warm temperatures cause the wine to age quickly. A passive wine cellar takes advantage of a naturally cool environment and may be located in a cave or underground environment. If your cellar does not naturally maintain a consistently cool temperature, a cellar cooling system can help to create the proper conditions for aging wine.

Q: Can you use an air conditioner in a wine cellar?
A: A standard air conditioner will not work for a wine cellar as they are not powerful enough to cool below 60℉.
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