I just wanted to gather some feedback on other people's experience with buying a Vintec. I was already heavily leaning towards the purchase of a large new Vintec for a while and some of the comments I read here finally tipped me over the edge last week.
To make a long story short, I received delivery of a new V155SG2ESS (dual zone) last night. As you can expect I was eager to fill the new unit up with my stock of bottles. It wasn't long though that I ran into trouble trying to fit my collection. The fridge is equipped with 14 sliding shelves yet the spacing is so tight that I cannot fit the majority of my Pinot Noir or Shiraz bottles into the racks using the default configuration.
For over half of my collection, the diameter of the bottles was too great to squeeze into the sliding shelves. After scraping several labels and much frustration, I ended up taking out about four shelves and double-stacking the wines into the resulting cavity. This has been really disappointing since I took it for granted that Vintec would be able to cater for most bottle sizes. I specifically bought the 155 because of the sliding racks. They are not only too tightly spaced, the runners also restrict the width with many bottles being forced inwards as you slide a shelf closed.
Apart from that, the QA seemed pretty average as well. There were two screws rolling around in the bottom of the fridge (I managed to find where one of these fell out) and the rubber feet were also missing after delivery.
To see a wine fridge in this price category fail in such a spectacular manner left me feeling rather deflated with my purchase I must say. Sure I understand the disparity in wine bottle sizing, but I never expected that the majority of Pinot style bottles would not fit into this type of fridge. I could understand these issues if I bought a cheapo China copy off eBay, but this is a $3000 purchase! Is this the norm for Vintec or am I looking at it too harshly? I'd love to hear some other owner experiences with buying the V155 series fridges.
It's totally unproven that wine will brain my damage.