OK, so here’s the scenario – you’ve got a cheeky little bottle of wine calling to you from the wine rack, but you only fancy one glass. Do you open it for that instant fruity hit of pinot grape knowing you’ve sacrificed the rest of the bottle, or do you save it for another day?
Yup, life is full of tough dilemmas but for this one, Gear Hungry has the answer: with a wine preservation system you can do both.
These nifty little gadgets can make your go-to vino last well beyond the first glug by tackling all the things that make it go flat and taste bad. They take the hassle out of trying to force the mangled cork back into the bottle (come on, we’ve all done that) and stop us throwing away a perfectly good bottle of wine when we could be drinking it another day.
Wine preservers don’t all work the same way – some suck, some add gas, others get all aerated as they tackle the oxygen and bacteria bad guys – but they do mean you can continue to drink your favourite vintage long after the cork has popped.
So, put down the corkscrew and that bottle of Chateauneuf de Pape and read our round up of what we think are the currently the best wine preservation systems out there.
The Best Wine Preservation System
At over $300, the Model Two Plus Pack is on the pricy side and probably more suited to the wine connoisseur rather than the bargain wine drinker. But with its design credentials and reputation from one of the market leaders Coravin, you certainly get a lot of wine preserver wizardry for the price.
The Coravin Model Two Plus Pack is a good investment option if you prefer to buy a top notch vintage to drink and enjoy slowly, one glass at a time rather than glug through a $10 bargain. Its wine spray, which forms a protective layer on the wine to keep oxygen out, comes with an impressive 99.99% pure argon gas rating. This super-blaster gives the contents of your opened bottle a high level of protection against oxidization and preserving the quality taste of your wine for several weeks.
Quality wine opener
Teflon coated wine needle
Capsules filled with 99.9 argon gas
Preserves wine quality and taste over time
- Weight1.75 pounds
An oldie but a goodie, the Vacu Vin was one of the very first wine vacuums on the market and its certainly stayed the distance with its great valuepump that’s speedy at sucking out the air (but not the joy) from your vino drinko.
Its manufacturers say that the Vacu Vin can keep your leftover wine tasting fresh for up to a week and who are we to argue. Similar in looks to a heavyweight bottle opener, the Vacu Vin is super easy to use and does the job at hand, effectively extracting the cork and resealing the bottle with a rubber wine stopper. You then create a neat little vacuum inside the bottle by pumping until you hear the distinct Vacu Vin click. The seal can be quickly removed when you are ready for another glass, then pump away to reseal. Easy! Great for using at home, although it can’t work its vacuum magic on sparkling wines. Oh well…it’ll just have to be the Beaujolais. If you like sparkling beverages, make sure you check our top soda makers review.
Great for Red and White wine
Universal wine stopper
Made in the Netherlands
- BrandVacu Vin
- Weight3.04 ounces
The Aervana is a super little aerating wine dispenser with some sophisticated looks that can help to really improve the taste and freshness of even your supermarket bargain wine.
While not specifically a wine preserver, the Aervana works to boost the taste and quality of the wine as you drink it, helping to preserve its freshness and flavor in the process. By actually adding air to your bottle, rather than sucking it out, the Aervana works to counter the tannin effect to soften the taste of your vino. It’s a bit of a miracle worker too, taking the rough edge off a cheaper wine as well as helping to mature a younger classic vintage. The Aervana works best with red wines or stronger whites such as Burgundies and white Bordeaux.
Instantly oxidizes and improves wine taste
Simple to use and clean
Doesn’t dispense wine sediments
Batteries, two tubes and manual included
- Weight1.5 pounds
We return to the classy Coravin but this time the younger – and cheaper –wine preserver brother, the Model One. Much more lightweight than the Coravin Model Two Plus Pack, the One has been designed with the more infrequent, casual wine drinker in mind. But while its target user isn’t necessarily popping a wine cork every night or adding to their extensive wine collection, the Model One still provides superior wine and taste preservation.
The Model One wine preservation system has a simpler design but uses the same argon gas technology to protect your wine from oxidization. The only noticeable difference is the pouring time, which is simply not as fast as its bigger brother. But when it comes to a deliciously fresh glass of Vino Rouge or Blanco, some things are simply worth waiting for. And if you are a beer lover as well, make sure you check our guide to the top strongest beers on the market today.
Hand operating pump
Preserves natural taste for up to 15 days
Made with premium stainless steel material
4 reusable wine stoppers
- Weight1.7 pounds
Now here’s a tried and tested product that’s perfect for the casual wine drinker who’s reluctant to waste that half bottle of Chenin Blanc, all at an affordable price. The Private Preserve True is a wine spray in an ingeniously simple can that has enough gas to use on up to 120 bottles…not that we are setting you a wine-drinking target!
The Private Preserve uses a mixture of non-toxic gases – carbon dioxide, nitrogen and argon to be precise for the mad scientists among you – which creates a protective layer on the wine surface to keep the evil oxidizing oxygen at bay. It’s also so simple to use: insert the extension tube into the neck bottle and off you spray. This is a great priced product for the ordinary wine drinker or for taking with you on holiday or the beach to keep your vino lasting longer. Top review tip from the Internet: use in combination with your refrigerator and you’ll have fresh, tasty wine for a week or more.
Easily portable and storable
Replaces oxygen in the bottle with carbon dioxide, nitrogen and argon to keep wine fresh
Easy to use tube enables you to get the product into the bottle neck
Also, well suited to preserving port, sherry, malts and whiskeys
Capable of preserving up to 120 bottles of wine
- BrandPrivate Preserve
- Weight8 ounces
Another wine aerator system, Nutrichef’s Electric Wine model comes in at a lower price so not quite so eye-catching as the Aervana but it’s a tasty proposition when it comes to adding flavor to your tipple.
The airtight design of the Nutrichef helps to protect the bottle’s contents after opening it, making it a real multi-tasker when it comes to preserving your wine. The simple to use electric aerator pump works to improve the taste of your wine as well as reducing compounds within the bottle that can lead to oxidation. The result is a tasty glass of wine that you can enjoy on day one…and come back to repeat the experience a few days later.
Non-splash, no-mess metal spout
Includes a hard and soft straw to reach the bottom of both smaller and larger wine bottles
Electric aerator pump stopper sits on top any size wine bottle to make a tight seal
Press and hold the button at the top of the dispenser tap pourer spout to activate the pump motor machine
Operated by set of 4 AA batteries (not included)
- Weight15.8 ounces
The Sello takes the idea of removing oxygen straight to the source, with an effective cartridge system that sits within the bottle to absorb not only oxygen but excess moisture – your wine’s enemy when it comes to flavor and aroma.
Based on a simple design, the Sello uses natural elements rather than gases to eliminate air from an opened bottle of wine, with the system doubling up as a wine stopper to also stop unwanted light and changes in temperature. And although tightly sealed, you can still get to your wine in a flash, with the stopper doubling up as a dripless pourer. Genius.
Preservation and no drip stopper/pourer in one
Uses cartridges with natural elements to regulate oxygen and moisture levels
Can keep an opened bottle of wine fresh for up to seven days
Simple and easy to use, with no mess
Also works with for liquor, spirits and beer
- Weight10.1 ounces
We finish on a wine preservation system that has one of the simplest designs in our review – and is all the better for it.
The ZOS Halo wine preserver looks and fits like a substantial bottle stopper but looks can be deceptive. Beneath its unassuming wine sealed exterior lies a clever cartridge system that claims to be able to absorb 100% of wine-damaging oxygen in minutes. Not only that, but its preserving magic on an open bottle of wine can last up to eight weeks – that’s the longest in all the wine preserving systems we’ve reviewed. Battery operated, the ZOS halo fits most 750ml bottles and each replaceable cartridge can be used on up to 15 bottles.
Easy to use – simply inserts into bottle like a stopper and fits most 750ml bottles
Can preserve open bottles of wine for up to eight weeks
Cartridge contains a Patented, nontoxic, USDA food-grade material
Each cartridge lasts for 5-15 bottles depending on duration of usage
Absorbs 100% of wine-damaging oxygen within minutes
- ModelSL-900 (ZOSSL900)
- Weight5.9 ounces
Wine Preservation System Buying Guide & FAQ
Wine preservers are ingenious systems that keep wine tasting and smelling absolutely fresh, like the first day the bottle was opened. It’s a unit practically every home that consumes wine regularly, would love to have. Below are some useful pointers that would help in ascertaining which product to buy.
Features To Look For In Wine Preservation Systems
Design - A simple design that provides easy operation is definitely better than an over-complicated one. Also ensure the system provides a tight fit on the wine bottle to prevent spills and messes.
Durability - It’s important to ascertain how many times you would be able to use the preservation system. This also includes the stoppers; they should be able to be used more than once.
Safety - The system needs to be absolutely safe, it should fit perfectly on the bottle and the user manual should be read before installation.
Types of Wine Preservation Systems
There are two major types of wine preservation systems easily found around;
Spray: These units make use of gas like argon to protect and preserve the contents of a wine bottle. Argon effectively prevents wine from oxidizing and tends to preserve it for longer periods.
Vacuum: Vacuum preservation systems make use of a pump to rid the bottle of all the air that got in when it was open. They come with re-usable stoppers that seal the bottle and prevent air and other substances from getting in and happen to be a more affordable option
Wine Preservation Systems FAQ
Q: What is a Wine Preservation System?
A: Wine preservation systems preserve the quality of opened wine, extending the amount of time it can remain on the shelf.
Q: How long does it take for wine to go bad?
A: A bottle of wine should last about 3-5 days after opening, it starts deteriorating once air, bacteria and the likes get in.
Q: How do I store wine at home?
A: For better shelf life, store unopened bottles on their side and away from sunlight exposure. In fact, wine bottles fare better in dark rooms and tend to last longer in cooler temperatures.
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