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Wine storage heritage of Vinotemp

Company Facts

At A Glance

Vinotemp International, a leader in the wine storage industry, has been building premium wine cabinets for over 30 years. Vinotemp is a full-service manufacturer of custom wood wine cabinets and racking, Wine-Mate cooling systems, and a distributor of quality metal wine cellars. We specialize in all aspects of the wine storage industry with an emphasis on customization. Since 1985, we have sold over a million wine cellars in the U.S. and overseas.Vinotemp's Designer Series Wine Coolers


Francis Ravel, the innovator and creator of Vinotemp, was a man ahead of his time. He began his venture by selling and making his own wine. This is where he was first introduced to the idea of placing a cooling unit into a sealed wine cabinet. In the beginning, he had one factory making the wine cabinets and another making the cooling systems. Ravel then began manufacturing the wine cabinets himself. In the '90s, he decided to ameliorate the problems with the current wine cooling system. With better components, he created the Wine-Mate cooling unit; the only UL approved wine cooling system of the time. His daughter worked with him for 15 years and is now the CEO of Vinotemp International.

Our Business PhilosophyVinotemp Custom Work at The Strand House in Manhattan Beach, CA
Our goal is to provide the three most important aspects of a successful business; Speciality, Quality, and Service. We are known in this industry to manufacture high quality custom built products,made right here in Southern California. We offer a wide array of Color,Size and Design options. For more affordable options we provide an entire line of products which produce the perfect environment for a wine collector. Vinotemp is a full service company that provides products for every single aspect of your wine experience.The turn around time for our custom cabinets is very fast, and our metal wine coolers can be shipped out the following day. No other manufacturer has the flexibility we have since we make almost everything here in our factory. For those who do not require the flexibility in size and color, our imported products provide customer choices at a value as well.

Our Product Strategy

At Vinotemp, our product strategy is to provide our valued customers with choices, options, or preset designs. We want to satisfy both the wine lover who wants to be creative with their design and those who want us to be creative for them. Our catalog includes everything from inexpensive countertop coolers to exotic commercial wood cabinets found at popular hotels and restaurants such as the Ritz Carlton, House of Blues, and Hard Rock Cafes. We want our customers to have no reason to go elsewhere for their wine storage needs.

Company Milestones

1970s: Vinotemp founder Francis Ravel entered the wine market with his own vintageVinotemp Mirrored Series Wine and Beverage Coolers
1985: Started producing wine cabinets
1985: Vinotemp was founded in Los Angeles, CA
1993: Wine-Mate brand launched
1993: Cigar-Mate brand launched
2000: Vinotemp's Wine-Mate models became first UL-listed wine cooling units
2004: Cigar-Mate brand merged into Vinotemp
2007: Becomes certified member of the Women's Business Enterprise by WBENC (View Certificate)
2009: Launch exclusive distribution partnership with Fuego for the Element by Fuego Grills
2009: Launch a new wine cabinet line, the VinoCellier Series, with precision European manufacturing 
2010: Vinotemp acquires Apex Wine Cellars and Saunas
2011: Vinotemp opens new corporate office in Irvine, CA
2012: Vinotemp introduces the WM-4510 HZD, the industry's first fully-customizable cellar cooling system
2013: Vinotemp launches its patented line of Mirrored Wine and Beverage Coolers, four of which receieve the Platinum Adex Award for Design Excellence.
2014: Vinotemp and world renowned brand Cavanova introduce Il Romanzo, a sophisticated collection of wine coolers
2014: Vinotemp acquires Wine Hardware of Sonoma, a one stop shop for wine lovers located in Sonoma, CA.
2016: Launch Toast.World the new hub for all Vinotemp has to offer.
2017: Vinotemp launches New patent-pending backlit 300-Bottle Commercial Wine Cooler

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Vinotemp Advantage

Vinotemp Custom Understairs Wine CabinetWhen you purchase a Vinotemp wood wine storage product, you are receiving a handmade, built-to-order furniture piece. 

Vinotemp Wood Products and Wine Cellar Cooling Systems are:
  • Completely customizable
  • Built to order
  • Handmade
  • American-Made (Most manufactured right here in our Southern California facility)

    Unlike the competition, Vinotemp doesn't import all of our wine cabinets, nor do we ship you an impersonal, stock unit. You can rest assured knowing that we have the advantage of make a custom piece and the presence to look after our quality because we are locally manufacturing just for you.

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