Visitors arrive unexpectedly. Drinks are offered. How about a glass of wine? But that is where things take a hectic turn: The wine has to be fetched from the cellar or the larder – and it is not always at the right temperature.

A practical and elegant solution comes in the form of the new wine conditioning unit from Miele: Hardly larger than a microwave oven, it fits with ease in even the smallest of kitchens and is even an eye-catcher in the living room.

With a height of only 45 cm, the KWT 6112 iG ed/cs – to give the product its full name – still offers sufficient space for 18 Bordeaux bottles. That is more than enough for a small party or for a selection of wines for a pleasant evening at home.

miele-wine-cellar-5Even Magnum champagne bottles fit inside as the rails on the rack can be varied in terms of both spacing and direction (FlexiFrame Plus). Two of the three levels slide out, adding to convenience and a clear arrangement together with the LED lighting and the magnetic shelf-edge trim on which the names of wines can be written using chalk crayons.

Thanks to its reduced design relying on grey glass, stainless steel and black rear-printed frame, this flush wine unit from Miele’s PureLine designer range goes well with high-end furniture and fittings. This is further enhanced by the handleless Push2open mechanism: At the touch of a fingertip, the door opens slightly, allowing it to be pulled fully open to gently add or remove bottles. And the door closes just as gently and automatically (SoftClose) to prevent any shuddering.

The machine is designed to absorb vibrations and, at only 34 dB, is whisper-quiet. An active charcoal filter prevents odours from entering the cabinet. The simple and self-explanatory user interfaces uses sensor-touch controls (TouchControl). The available temperature range goes from +5° to +20°C. The unit has an A+ energy efficiency rating.