When researching wine refrigerators, two brands seem to dominate the market; Vinotemp and Eurocave.

Both brands have over thirty years of wine storage experience and have set the highest standards for wine storage. Today we will explore wine refrigerators made by both Eurocave and Vinotemp to see how the two brands compare.

What is a Eurocave?

Eurocave is a wine storage manufacturer sold exclusively in the United States by Wine Enthusiast. Made in France, Eurocave makes wine cabinets (wine refrigerators), cigar humidors, and cellar conditioners (wine cellar cooling systems).

What is a Vinotemp?

Vinotemp has been a leader in the wine storage industry since 1985. Based locally in the USA, Vinotemp specializes in wine refrigerators, cabinets, cellar cooling systems, wine racks, wine accessories, and more. Vinotemp’s work can be found in popular Las Vegas hotels, sporting venues such as Dodger Stadium, popular hotels like the Ritz Carlton, and in private residences all over the world.

Comparing Large Capacity Wine Refrigerators

If you are looking for a handsome wine cellar with a sleek and modern design, consider Vinotemp’s Garage 300-Bottle Dual-Zone Wine Cooler. This large-capacity unit can withstand the unsteady temperatures (38◦F to 110◦F) inside a garage or basement and is pretty enough to be used inside a residence or restaurant. This state-of-the-art unit has a solid door, stainless-steel pole handle, sturdy wood shelving, two independent temperature zones, BioBlu LED interior lighting, plus front exhaust which allows it to be installed into existing cabinetry. An all-black cabinet with a minimalist aesthetic, it is available with left or right hinge, allowing you to install two side by side to double your storage capacity.

Vinotemp and Eurocave Comparison of Large Capacity Wine Coolers
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Vinotemp’s Garage 300-Bottle Dual-Zone Wine Cooler
Double L Wine Cellar Solid Door Eurocave Premiere
Price*
$3,099.00
$6,990.00
Bottle Capacity
300
168
Color
Black
Black
Number of Temperature Zones
2
2
Ambient Temperature Range (◦F)
38-110
32-95
Door
Solid
Glass with UV or Solid
Door Lock an dKey
Yes
Yes
Handle
Pole
Integrated
Digital Control Panel
Central
Top
LED Interior Lighting
Yes
Yes
Shelving
Wood
MDS
Charcoal Filter
Yes
Unknown
PTC Heater
Yes
Unknown
Bulk Storage
Yes
Yes
ITS Tested
Yes
Unknown
CEC Compliant
Yes
Unknown
*Prices as of January 2020. All prices are subject to change.


Let’s compare and contrast the Vinotemp Garage 300-Bottle Dual-Zone Wine Cooler with a similar model from Eurocave. The model closest in capacity is Eurocave’s Premier Double L Wine Cellar Solid Door, which can house up to 178 bottles of wine. As you can see in the chart above, just like the Vinotemp model, this unit features solid doors with locks, has an all-black body, wood racking, and digital temperature control. While the Vinotemp unit can withstand ambient temperatures up to 110◦F, 95◦F is the top of the ambient temperature range for Eurocave. The biggest difference between these two units is the price. For less than half the price of Eurocave, Vinotemp’s wine refrigerator offers nearly double the capacity. You can even by two for less than the price of one Eurocave unit.

Comparing Medium Capacity Wine Coolers

For those customers searching for a mid-sized wine refrigerator, consider a panel-ready style. Wine coolers that are panel-ready have the added convenience of matching existing cabinetry. Vinotemp’s 24-inch Panel Ready Wine Cooler can hold up to 46 bottles of wine inside two independent temperature zones. This means you can keep one zone at serving temperature and the other at storage temperature or designate each zone for a different varietal. The inside features 5 gliding shelves with wood lip, easy to use digital control panel with blue LED readout, and soft glowing blue LED lighting that allows you to view the contents of the cooler.

Vinotemp and Eurocave Comparison of Mid-Sized Wine Refrigerators
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Vinotemp’s 24-inch Panel Ready Wine Cooler
Eurocave Performance 59 Built-In Wine Cellar
Price*
$1,899.00
$2,495.00
Bottle Capacity
46
54
Color
Black
Black
Number of Temperature Zones
2
1
Temperature Range (◦F)
41-72
41-68
Door
Glass with an option to add wood trim
Solid
Door Lock and Key
Yes
Yes
Handle
N/A
N/A
Digital Control Panel
Central
Top
LED Interior Lighting
Yes
Yes
Shelving
5 gliding racks with wood lip
MDS
CEC Compliant
Yes
Unknown
*Prices as of January 2020. All prices are subject to change.


How does the Vinotemp mid-sized panel-ready model stack up to Eurocave’s? As you can see in the comparison chart above, like the larger model, Eurocave’s Performance 59 Built-in Wine Cellar is priced considerably higher. While it can hold 8 more bottles than Vinotemp’s wine cooler, it only has 1 temperature zone while Vinotemp’s has 2. Eurocave’s door is solid, which is a benefit if you are installing the unit in an uninsulated room, but unnecessary when you are placing the wine refrigerator in an area such as a kitchen or home bar. Vinotemp’s unit has a glass door that allows bottles to be displayed and the temperature control panel of the unit to be visible at all times, making it easy to monitor the conditions inside the unit.

Comparing Small Wine Cellars

Wine collectors looking for a smaller model will appreciate the Designer Series 24-Bottle Seamless Wall-Mounted Wine Cooler. If you want a showstopping addition to your kitchen or bar, this is it! This space-saving wine cellar can be recessed into existing cabinetry. Sturdy all-wood racking and digital temperature control are just a few of the standard features of this premium wine cooler. The door handle is available in curved (standard) or can be upgraded to a modern pole style for an additional fee.

Vinotemp and Eurocave Comparison of Small Capacity Wine Coolers
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Vinotemp’s Designer Series 24-Bottle Seamless Wall-Mounted Wine Cooler
Eurocave Inspiration XS Wine Cellar
Price*
$1,699.00
$3,299.00
Bottle Capacity
24
17
Color
Stainless
Black
Number of Temperature Zones
1
1
Temperature Range (◦F)
40-72
41-68
Door
Dual-pane glass door with seamless stainless trim
Glass
Handle
Curved or Pole
Integrated
Digital Control Panel
Central
Top
LED Interior Lighting
Yes
Yes
Shelving
Wood
MDS
*Prices as of January 2020. All prices are subject to change.


Like Vinotemp’s model, the Eurocave Inspiration XS Wine Cellar can be wall-mounted and recessed into cabinetry. It is priced considerably higher than Vinotemp’s even though it stores fewer bottles of wine. This particular unit is all-black, making it difficult to match with today’s kitchen appliances which are usually stainless. The Eurocave unit does have the added benefit of a reversible door hinge.

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Eurocave Inspiration XS Wine Cellar as shown on the Wine Enthusiast website

Vinotemp is a Smart Buy

As you can see, Vinotemp’s wine refrigerators offer many or more of the standard features as Eurocave’s for a fraction of the price. Both companies have dominated the wine storage market for decades, however, Vinotemp remains a standout for its ever-evolving style and technology. Vinotemp units are widely available in big-box retailers throughout the company as well as online through other reputable outlets. Check out the rest of our diverse wine storage catalog by clicking here. Feel free to contact us if you need any additional assistance with your wine storage needs by emailing [email protected] or calling 1-800-777-8466.