Hi Roy–not Artevino but my Eurocaves are ridiculously quiet and draw very little energy.
I use mostly bulk storage (just a few sliders) and am very happy.
My friend, Steve, has kept two Eurocaves in a non-temp-controlled garage for over a decade (never a hiccup).
Several people on the CT board have bought Artevino and say that they are very happy.
Price sounds good to me.
I purchased two of them from Costco in 2015. So far so good. Checking them on a kill-a-watt meter I was surprised at how little electricity they draw. Noise is not an issue but they are in the garage so I’m not sensitive to it. I moved some shelves around and can get 15.5 cases in each without much risk of scraping labels. Some labels were scraped before moving them around though. The bottom-most shelf has the compressor in back & intruding so holds half as much as the other shelves. Each unit has seven shelves in it though not four. Check out a pic here:
I’ve had one for a year and a half so far, no issues to date. Looks nice, easy to work with, no label scrapes. It’s inside, so I can hear it operate, but it is far from intrusive. You can hear it turn on, but only when everything else is quiet, so it’s not noisy at all. If/when it comes to it, I’d likely get another Artevino, since we’ve been keeping this one quite full.
We bought ours about a year ago from Costco. Came with 9 shelves and a bottom shelf/rack. With that may shelves, it feels like capacity is impacted at times. But with 4, I would imagine it a pain to go digging below levels of stacked bottles to find what I wanted.
As far as noise, we keep it in a room that our bedroom opens up to, and sleep with the door open with no noticeable noise problems.
I’ve had an Artevino 200-bottle unit for a few months and it’s been excellent — looks great, runs quietly and reliably, and is pretty flexible. The shelving is adjustable to suit your needs (sliding shelves with lower capacity vs. stationary shelves with higher capacity), and I think you can order more shelves if the one you’re looking at only comes with four.
$999 is a good price, provided it’s in good condition and transporting it isn’t too much of a hassle for you.
New from Costco it now comes with 7 shelves and is known as Artevino II. $2199, free delivery.
Two year warranty, which is now gone with the used one I might purchase. Seller is 2 hours away. Might just bite the bullet and get it new. Thanks for the responses!
Those of you who own the Artevino II can you do me a favor and advise if the feet on the front extend to the face of the unit or if they are somewhat behind the face? If they are behind the face can you also advise how far behind? Trying to determine if they will fit into a space I have that is really only 27" deep.
IIRC, Costco used a third party delivery service when they delivered my unit, and they were awful. They wouldn’t take the unit off of the pallet, and I ended up hiring a moving company to finish the job.
Wow they were being lazy. I would call to complain to Costco. The product page for the Artevino and the Artevino II says “White Glove Delivery”. The delivery company that delivered mine in 2016 moved it to the room I wanted and set it up for me and took away all the packaging.
How long do you plan to store stuff? A 30 year old storing 2015 Bordeaux for 30 years needs lower temps than a 70 year old.
I’ve had a walk-in cellar until a recent move. Now have 2 Le Cache units. I was at 55 degrees when the wine and I were younger. Now I’m up to 58. Been wondering if it makes sense to set temp = age once over 55…
Put a thermometer at the bottom and top of the unit and store the really long term stuff where it’s colder. Heat should rise but depending on location of the cooling unit, circulation and duty cycle that could vary. I’ve heard some people say the top was cooler. Bottom of my walk-in was regularly 3 degrees cooler than the top.