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Vinotemp VT-CAVA3HE-L Owner's Manual
48-Bottle Wine Cellar
in Espresso
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Your Wine Cellar
This unit can be used for storage and/or service. This unit features 3
independent temperature zones, three glass doors, and soft interior
lighting to elegantly display your wine. This furniture-style wine cellar
uses thermoelectric cooling. Optimal temperature levels and performance
of this unit depends on proper care, placement and ambient temperature.
Serving Wines
Storing wines at the proper temperature is important. To preserve them
as long as possible, wine should be stored at approximately 55°
Fahrenheit. However, the chart below suggests the optimal drinking
temperature for the different styles of wine.
Wine Style
Armagnac, Brandy, Cognac
Full Bodied Red wines, Shiraz
Tawny Port
Medium Bodied Red Wines
Amontillado Sherry
Light Bodied Red Wines
Full Bodied White Wines
Medium Bodied White Wines
Rosé, Light Bodied White Wines
Vintage Sparkling
Fino Sherry
Non Vintage Sparkling
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Remove all external and internal packaging from your appliance. Be sure that all
parts have been included before discarding any packaging materials. You may want
to keep the box and packing materials for use at a later date.
Upon receipt and inspection of unit, the supply cord must be replaced if it is
damaged. Contact our customer service at 1-800-777-8466 or
Let the unit rest UNPLUGGED for 24 hours once you have it placed
in your home.
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Register your warranty within 10 days of receiving the unit.
Please be sure to retain your proof of purchase.
Protect Your Investment with an Extended Warranty!
Add a New Leaf extended warranty to your order, and have the security of knowing that if there
should be a problem, even years in the future, New Leaf will be there to assist! Usable for any
Wine Cellar or other electronic device manufactured by Vinotemp. Add this warranty to purchases
made from or other qualified venders. Warranty must be registered within the first
10 days from original purchase.
Visit to purchase.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS...................................... 5
ELECTRICAL CONNECTION ................................................... 6
PARTS AND SPECIFICATIONS ............................................... 7
INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS ............................................. 8
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS ................................................. 9
CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE ............................................. 9
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE ................................................ 11
TERMS OF SALE AND WARRANTY ........................................ 12
SERVICE & IMPORTANT NOTICE .......................................... 14
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To reduce the risk of fire, electrical shock or injury when using
your appliance, follow these basic precautions:
Do not use this appliance for anything other than its intended purpose as described in this manual.
For indoor, household use only.
Do not operate this or any other appliance with a damaged cord.
Do not operate if housing is removed or damaged.
Exercise caution and use reasonable supervision when appliance is used near children. Never
allow children to operate, play with or crawl inside the appliance. Keep packing materials away
from children.
Before performing any maintenance, moving or cleaning, ensure that the unit is unplugged or that
the power line is disconnected.
Do not clean appliance with flammable fluids. Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable
vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance. The fumes can create a fire hazard
or explosion.
Exercise caution when moving and installing the unit. The cellar is heavy and may require two or
more people when moving the unit to prevent strain or injury.
This appliance is intended for freestanding installation only (not for built-in installation).
Locate the unit away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator, etc).This
unit is intended for indoor use only and must be installed in an area protected from the elements.
This appliance is intended for use in a controlled ambient location such that the ambient
temperature does not exceed 95˚F.
Place the appliance on a solid, level surface.
Do not under any circumstances obstruct the ventilation areas located on the wine cellar and the
wood cabinet.
Do not attempt to repair or replace any part of your appliance unless it is specifically
recommended in this manual. All other servicing should be referred to a qualified technician.
Connect to properly polarized outlets only. It is recommended that a separate circuit, serving only
your appliance be provided. Use receptacles that cannot be turned off by a switch or pull chain.
Be sure that the plug is fully inserted into the receptacle.
To protect against electric shock, do not immerse appliance, plug or cord in water or other liquids.
Avoid locating the unit in moist areas.
Do not operate the unit with wet hands, while standing on a wet surface or while standing in water.
Do not use solvent-based cleaning agents or abrasives on the interior of the cellar. These
cleaners may damage or discolor the interior.
Keep fingers out of pinch point areas and be careful when closing doors if children are around.
This appliance is designed for storing and cooling wines. Do not store perishable food or medical
products within the unit.
When disposing of refrigeration appliances, special handling is often required. It is the consumer’s
responsibility to comply with federal and local regulations when disposing of this product.
WARNING: Risk of child entrapment and suffocation. Before you throw away your old wine cellar,
remove the door. Leave the shelves in place, so that children may not easily climb inside.
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Improper use of the grounded plug can result in the risk of electrical shock.
If the power cord is damaged, frayed or shows cracks or abrasions across
its length, have it replaced at an authorized service center.
For your protection, this unit is equipped with a 3-conductor cord set that has a molded 3-prong
grounding-type plug, and should be used in combination with a properly connected grounding-type
• Do not under any circumstances cut or remove the third ground prong from the power cord
supplied. For personal safety, this appliance must be properly grounded.
• The cord should be secured behind the unit and not left exposed or dangling to prevent
accidental injury.
• A standard electrical supply (115V AC - 60Hz), properly grounded in accordance with the
National Electrical Code and local codes and ordinances, is required.
• When a standard 2-pin wall outlet is encountered, it is your responsibility to have it replaced
with a properly grounded 3-pin wall outlet.
• Never unplug the unit by pulling the power cord. To disconnect the appliance, always grip the
plug firmly and pull straight out from the wall outlet. When moving the unit, be careful not to
damage the power cord.
• The unit should always be plugged into its own individual electrical outlet with a voltage rating
that matches the rating label on the unit.
• Do not pinch or kink the power supply cord.
• Repair or replace all power cords that have become frayed or damaged. Do not use a cord
that shows cracks or abrasion damage along its length or at either end. When moving the
appliance, be careful not to damage the power cord.
Extension Cord
CAUTION: It is strongly recommended that you do not use an adapter
or an extension cord with this unit.
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Interior View
Door knob
Door lock
Wood Trim
Model Number
Bottle Capacity
Product Dimension
Boxed Dimension
6. Temperature control
and light switch
7. Fan mask
8. Shelf
3 Temp.
Approx. 48
21.02” x 23.22” x 72.6”
23.5” x 25.78” x 75.6”
Net Weight
Gross Weight
91 kg / 200.2 lbs
98.8 kg / 217.8 lbs
5.1 cu ft
Rated Voltage
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Temperature Range
Ambient Temperature
Rated Frequency
Input Power
Power Consumption
210W total (70W per cooling unit)
3 KWh/24hr
* Note: Each compartment has one individual temperature control dial. The actual cabinet temperature in a
thermoelectric unit is dependent upon the ambient temperature. The above mentioned temperatures are
approximations and based on an average ambient room temperature of 77°F. This wine cellar is designed to
store up to 48 standard Bordeaux 750 ml bottles. Storing large and/or oddly shaped bottles (including
champagne and sparkling wine bottles) will decrease the capacity of your wine cellar.
Remove the exterior and interior packaging before operation. This includes adhesive tape
holding the wine cellar accessories and packaging support accessible from behind the wood
cabinet. Plastic bags, screws, etc. should be kept out of reach of children.
Check to be sure you have all necessary parts and an owner’s manual.
Before connecting the appliance to the power source, let it stand upright for approximately 24
hours. This will reduce the possibility of a malfunction in the cooling system from handling
during transportation.
Clean the interior surface with lukewarm water using a soft cloth and leave doors open to air
out the unit BEFORE plugging in your appliance.
This appliance is designed to be freestanding only, and should not be recessed or built-in.
Do not install this unit in any area that is not properly insulated or heated (such as a garage).
Leave at least 4" space from back wall.
Leave at least 6" space for each side.
Do not place underneath a table, counter top, or anything of the sort as this will not allow for
proper air circulation.
Place your appliance on a floor that is strong enough to support it when it is fully loaded.
Floor should be level.
Locate the appliance away from direct sunlight and sources of heat (stove, heater, radiator,
etc.). Direct sunlight may affect the coating and heat sources may increase electrical
consumption. Extreme cold ambient temperatures may also prohibit the unit from performing
Avoid locating the unit in moist areas.
Never put heavy articles on top of the unit.
Avoid placing the unit in areas where there may be electrical interference.
Plug the appliance into an exclusive 115V~60Hz 15A wall outlet with proper grounding. Do
not under any circumstances cut or remove the third (ground) prong from the power cord.
Any questions concerning power and/or grounding should be directed toward a certified
electrician or a service center.
Proper ventilation must be maintained in order to ensure the proper function and reliability of
the unit.
There are vents and openings strategically located on the wood cabinet in order to ensure air
flow. Do not block these areas or modify the cabinet under any circumstance.
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Do not overfill your wine cellar for proper internal air circulation.
The temperature inside the wine celler can be adjusted between MIN and MAX settings using
the rotary switch located on the upper corners of each cooling compartment.
The actual cabinet temperature in a thermoelectric unit is dependent on the ambient room
temperature. When the ambient temperature is below the set temperature the wine cellar will
not operate until the ambient temperature increases to higher than the set temperature
The first time you turn the unit on, set the temperature to MAX.
After 2 hours, adjust the temperature control to the setting that best suits your needs. Setting
the cellar to the middle setting should be appropriate for home use.
There are lights located inside the cellar for your viewing convenience. Light switches activate
the lights.
Under normal operation, it is best for the light to remain off.
Important: When using the wine cellar for the first time, allow at least 24 hours for the internal
temperature to adjust properly. Make sure there are at least three to five bottles in each compartment.
This cellar is outfitted with 3 separate temperature zones. Each zone can hold 16 bottles of
Shelves can be removed if you would like to stack your wine bottles or to accommodate oddly
shaped or larger format bottles.
Turn off the unit, unplug the appliance, and remove all items including the shelves.
Wash the inside surfaces with a warm water and baking soda solution. The solution should be
about 3-4 tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water. Use a sponge or soft cloth.
Do not allow cleaning solution to come into contact with the wood cabinet.
Wash the shelves with mild detergent solution.
Wipe the outside cabinet with furniture polish and clean soft cloth.
Do not use harsh chemicals, abrasives, ammonia, chlorine bleach, concentrated detergents,
solvents or metal scouring pads as some of these chemicals may dissolve, damage and/or
discolor your wine cellar.
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Most power failures are corrected within a few hours and should not affect the temperature of
your appliance. Minimize the number of times the door is opened to maintain the internal
Remove the power cord from the outlet when a power outage occurs. When power has been
restored, re-plug the power cord into the outlet.
Short vacations: Leave the appliance operating during vacations of less than three weeks.
Long vacations: If the appliance will not be used for at least several months, remove all
items and unplug the unit from the wall outlet. Clean and dry the interior thoroughly. To
prevent odor and mold growth, leave the doors open slightly.
Use two or more people to move and install the appliance. Failure to do so can result in back
or other injuries.
Remove all items.
Securely tape down all loose items (shelves) inside your appliance.
Tape the door shut.
Ensure the appliance stays secure in the upright position during transportation.
Protect the outside of the unit with a blanket, or with similar item.
• The unit should be located in the coolest area of the room away from heat sources or direct
• Ensure that the unit has proper allowances on all sides for proper ventilation. Never cover any
air vents.
• Only open the cellar door for as long as necessary. Frequent opening of the door will affect
internal temperature.
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We are very sorry to hear that you are having issues with your wine cellar. You can solve
many common wine cellar problems easily, saving you the cost of a possible service call. Try
the suggestions below to see if you can solve the problem before contacting Vinotemp at
Wine cellar is not
Interior of wine
cellar is too warm
Unit is not plugged in.
There is no power at the wall outlet.
The circuit breaker tripped or there is a blown fuse.
The cellar is not turned on.
Check the temperature control setting for each zone.
Adjust to a colder setting if needed.
External environment may be too warm.
The door has been opened frequently.
Wine bottles were recently added, allow enough time for
wine to reach desired temperature.
The door gaskets do not seal properly.
Check the temperature control setting for each zone.
Adjust to a warmer setting if needed.
Moisture builds up
on cellars interior
or exterior
This is normal during periods of increased humidity.
Door has been opened for long periods of time.
Door has been opened frequently.
Door gaskets do not seal properly.
The doors won’t
close properly
The appliance is not level.
The door magnetic seal is dirty.
The shelves are out of position.
Wine bottles inside the unit are too long.
Wine is too cold
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hereby fully agrees to the following terms and conditions of the sale: Shipping fees are the responsibility of the
Purchaser whether freight prepaid or freight collect. Seller assumes no responsibility for the goods sold to the
Purchaser once the goods have left the Seller’s premises, including, but not limited to, late delivery by the carrier, or
for events caused by any difficulty carrier incurs in attempting to fit the goods into the Purchaser’s designated location
due to the size of the goods or any other reason. Purchaser assumes all responsibility for delivery, payment of freight,
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charges imposed per flight of stairs, and/or additional charges resulting from the carrier’s inability to safely and/or
adequately use the building elevator to lift the goods. Any claim for damages incurred during shipment by the carrier
of the goods are insured and handled directly with the carrier and must be noted at time of delivery. Any damages due
to manufacture defects will be handled directly with Seller, subject to the Limited Warranty, below. If the item is
damaged by the freight company, Purchaser may cancel the order only by paying for freight costs both ways and a
35% restocking fee.
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circumstance. If Purchaser refuses to accept the goods, under any circumstance, the Purchaser is liable for the return
and cost of freight both ways, and if Seller does take back the goods, there will be a restocking/service fee that is 35%
of the purchase price of the goods (product must be in original packaging). If Purchaser returns goods claiming that
the goods are defective and goods are found to be in working condition by the Seller, Purchaser is liable for the return
and cost of freight both ways plus an a restocking/service fee that is 35% of the purchase price of the goods. Built-toOrder products (including Cabinets, Racking, and Accessories) are non-returnable. Purchaser must notify Seller of nonconforming goods within four days of delivery, after which time all goods are deemed accepted. If an order has been
placed and production has started, cancellation of your order will be a 15% charge. If Purchaser tenders payment with
a check that has insufficient funds (NSF), or stops payment on a check or credit card for any reason, Purchaser agrees
to pay for all costs associated with the Seller’s collection or litigation of such a claim, including without limitation
general and special damages, court costs and attorneys’ fees. Finance charges begin the date of invoice. Collection
fees plus NSF fee of $50 will be added to your invoice, which you agree to promptly pay. Title to the goods does not
pass until payment is received in full by Seller and Seller retains a security interest in the goods until they are paid for
in full, however, from deliver, Purchaser will insure the goods and for any damages caused by the goods (eighteen
percent (18%) annual rate). Purchaser assumes and must immediately pay any “credit card arbitration” fees which the
credit card companies charge during a dispute. Any disputes not resolved within 30 days from the invoice date will be
reported to credit reporting agencies.
LIMITED WARRANTY: Seller warrants that the goods will be free of defects in materials and workmanship as follows:
Furniture style (wood) wine cabinets made in the U.S.: all cooling unit parts for a period of 5 (five) years; cabinetry
and labor (uninstalled) for a period of 12 (twelve) months.
Metal cabinet wine units: parts and labor for cooling system and cabinetry for a period of 12 (twelve) months.
For Designer Series units: parts and labor for a period of 12 (twelve) months from date of sale, compressor parts 5
Thermoelectric Units: 90 (ninety) days (including Wine Cellars, Beer Dispensers, Humidor, Portofino Wood Cellars, and
Wine-Mate Split and Ducted Systems and other installed products and parts only for 1 year, no labor. Other WineMate
Cooling Systems are 5 years parts, 1 year labor.
Wine Accessories, Racking Systems and Other items are not warranted.
There is no warranty on parts purchased separately.
If a purchaser claims a product is “defective”, they must obtain a letter from a qualified refrigeration technician at the
customers cost, to verify that the unit was installed properly, with proper ventilation and the unit is truly
malfunctioning due to manufacture defect.
Removal or re-installation of unit is not included in warranted costs. Purchaser’s exclusive remedy is limited, at Seller’s
option; to repair or replace defective part[s] with either new or reconditioned part[s]. Purchaser is responsible for
shipping the unit pre-paid to designated facility and Seller will pay return shipping charges in the continental United
States for items repaired under warranty within 12 (twelve) months from date of sale. Since the natural variation in
texture, density, grain, color, tone and shade of wood is unavoidable; Seller does not guarantee the texture, color,
tone or shade of the wood: nor does seller guarantee the colorfastness of wood or against peeling, chipping, cracking
or scratching. Note: Unfinished wood is subject to warping; all wood surfaces must be sealed before placing cellar into
service. Improper repair or placement of the unit will void the warranty. Any third party repair facility must be preapproved in writing by Seller, before providing replacement parts under warranty.
IL Romanzo units: Warranty 90 (ninety) days. Replacement part 12 (twelve) months from the date of sale.
Non-New Units (Scratch & Dent/Refurbished/Floor Models), warranty for compressor units is 90 days from your dated
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invoice and 30 days for thermoelectric units (parts for function only, not cosmetic defects). These units are refurbished
and sold as is; Purchaser assumes risks to the quality and performance of goods and assumes the costs of all
necessary service or repair not covered herein.
Element Grills (via Element Products LLC), grills have a 1 year parts warranty and a thirty day limited parts warranty
on grill accessories. Warranty period is from the date of sale (not from shipping, delivery, nor installation).
This Limited Warranty does not cover damage due to such things as accident, misuse, abuse, mishandling, neglect,
acts of God, fires, earthquakes, floods, high winds, government, war, riot or labor trouble, strikes, lockouts, delay of
carrier, unauthorized repair, or any other cause beyond the control of the Seller, whether similar or dissimilar to the
foregoing. Seller is not responsible for any damages caused to Purchaser's property resulting from the goods. This
limited warranty applies only inside the Continental US (Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and other territories/countries are
not warranted.).
Purchaser understands and acknowledges that the goods sold here are wine cellars, cigar humidors, and/or other
similar units which house wine or cigars or other items. Purchaser assumes all risk of using these units, including risk
of spoilage, humidity variations, temperature variations, leaks, fire, water damage, mold, mildew, dryness and similar
and any other perils that might occur.
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which extend beyond the Limited Warranty described above. Warranty and liability are non-transferable. The implied
warranties of merchantability and of fitness for a particular purpose are hereby expressly disclaimed. Some states do
not allow the exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, or a waiver of the implied warranties of fitness and/or
merchantability, so the above limitations may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you
may also have other rights which vary from state to state. Seller disclaims any indemnification for claims of
infringement of any intellectual property of protectable nature. In the event of any dispute between Seller and
Purchaser arising out of or relating to these terms and conditions or to the goods sold generally, Purchaser must first
file a written claim with Seller within ten days of the occurrence giving rise to the claim and wait an additional thirty
days for a response before initiating any legal action. The sale and all terms are subject to California law. Any legal
proceeding arising out of or relating to these terms and conditions or to the goods sold Purchaser shall bring, solely
and exclusively in the County of Los Angeles. In no event may Purchaser initiate any legal proceeding more than six
months after the occurrence of the event giving rise to the dispute. Seller may make non-payment claims until debt is
paid in full.
The above terms and conditions are the only ones governing this transaction and Seller makes no oral representations
of any kind. These Terms and Conditions can only be modified in writing, signed by both Purchaser and Seller.
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Upon receipt and inspection of unit, the supply cord must be replaced if it
is damaged. Contact our customer service at 1-800-777-8466 or
The manufacturer has a policy of continuous improvement on its products
and reserves the right to change materials and specifications without
Please do not place the unit within reach of children.
For adult use only.
Contact with any questions or visit:
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Vinotemp is a registered trademark of Vinotemp International. All products, features, and services are subject
to change without notice. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contents of this document. We disclaim
liability for errors, omissions, or future changes.
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