How Does a Pottery Wine Cooler Work?

How Does a Pottery Wine Cooler Work?
3 min read
20 October 2023

When it comes to enjoying a bottle of wine, maintaining the ideal temperature is crucial for ensuring that your wine is at its best. That's where a pottery wine cooler comes into play. These elegant and functional vessels have been used for centuries to keep wine at the perfect serving temperature. But how does a pottery wine cooler work its magic? Let's delve into the science and craftsmanship behind this age-old tool.

Insulation through Clay

Pottery wine coolers are typically crafted from high-fired clay. This clay is known for its natural insulating properties. When you soak the wine cooler in water for a brief period, the clay absorbs moisture, creating a porous surface. As the water slowly evaporates from the pores, it causes a cooling effect. This is the same principle that keeps you cool on a hot summer day when sweat evaporates from your skin.

Temperature Regulation

To use a pottery wine cooler effectively, you'll need to follow a few simple steps. First, submerge the wine cooler in water for about 15 to 30 minutes. During this time, the clay absorbs water and begins to cool down. After soaking, remove the wine cooler from the water, pat it dry, and place it in the freezer for an additional 15-30 minutes. Once it's adequately chilled, insert your bottle of wine.

Maintaining the Temperature

The pottery wine cooler works by gradually releasing the stored coldness into the bottle of wine, helping to maintain the wine's ideal serving temperature. The rate of temperature transfer depends on factors like the thickness of the clay and the ambient temperature. Typically, a well-made wine cooler can keep a bottle of wine at the right temperature for a couple of hours, allowing you to savor your wine without worrying about it getting too warm.


Pottery wine coolers are not limited to just wine. They can also be used to chill other beverages like champagne, sparkling water, or even cocktails. The cooling properties of the clay work effectively for various types of beverages, making the wine cooler a versatile addition to your barware collection.

Environmentally Friendly

Unlike single-use plastic or metal coolers that may end up in landfills, pottery wine coolers are durable and reusable. By choosing a handmade pottery wine cooler from Always Azul Pottery, you're making a sustainable choice that reduces waste and supports artisans who create these functional works of art. We also sell the best travel mugs with handles that you can buy through our website. 

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