What Is The Capacity Of A Large Wine Refrigerator
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What Is The Capacity Of A Large Wine Cooler?

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In this article, we’re going to be discussing the approximate capacity of a large wine refrigerator.

Now before we talk further about bottle capacities, let’s make sure that everyone here is on the same page:

What is a large wine fridge?

As we talk about in this article, it’s simply a wine refrigerator that has a large wine bottle capacity. It’s specifically designed and built to store wine bottles, from your collection of red wine and white wine.

They’re almost always powered by a compressor-based cooling system, as they’re too large for thermoelectric cooling units to handle, and therefore they can maintain a consistently cool temperature.

Who are large wine refrigerators often used by?

There are generally two use cases for purchasing a large-capacity wine fridge, the first is that it’s ideal to be placed in a commercial setting, such as in a bar, hotel or restaurant, where they need to store large quantities of wine.

Additionally, these types of units are also often used by wine collectors who simply want to store their wine collection. Usually, these are ultra-expensive wines as these wine lovers often store collectible wines which are rare and appreciate in value. Therefore, it’s so important that they find a reliable wine storage solution.

What is the bottle capacity of a large wine fridge?

Although there’s no set number here to define a large wine fridge from a mid-sized unit, it’s generally accepted that a unit with a bottle capacity above 50 bottles is considered to be a large capacity wine refrigerator.

Popular large bottle wine cooler capacities

Where are these units stored?

For the wine enthusiast that has such a unit, they will usually keep it in a wine cabinet, so that the fridge can be hidden from immediate sight, this also protects the wine from direct light, as long-term UV ray exposure can damage the tannins in wine. Often these units will have darkened and tempered glass but it’s still not recommended to rely entirely on this for UV protection.

A wine collector will likely have a wine cellar, and thus they will store their wine refrigerator in the cellar itself.

Commercial wine coolers are normally stored behind the bar (in a bar, hotel or nightclub).

What wines can be stored in a large wine fridge?

Traditionally, a wine fridge will be used to store both red wine (including Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Cabinet Sauvignon, etc) and white wine (including Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, etc). However, they may or may not have the ability to store both types simultaneously, not unless there are separate cooling zones in the unit. Each cooling zone can be set to a different temperature, making it useful for storing different varieties of wine in a single physical unit.

With that being said, large-capacity wine fridges are usually either single-zone, dual-zone, tri-zone or quad-zone.

The more zones it has, the more types of wine it can store at any one time.


In conclusion, a large capacity wine cooler can hold anything from 50 bottles through to 500+ bottles of wine. This makes it the perfect option for wine collectors who have a large collection of wine or who entertain often, or for commercial settings.

If you are in the market for a large wine cooler, be sure to consider all of your options, look at features, and compare prices. They tend to vary in price quite substantially, so you’ll certainly be able to find a model that meets your needs and fits within your budget.

David J Sharp is a wine equipment expert, having previously worked with some of the best wine cooler manufacturers within the USA. Today he works as a full-time wine cooler and wine cellar consultant for small and large clients alike. You can find out more about LoveCraftWines here.

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